Mayor’s Launches Challenge to Promote Physical Activity in Schools

The Mayor of Sutton Coldfield, Councillor Derrick Griffin is on a mission to help pupils to be more active.

This week he has written to all schools in the town to launch this year’s Mayor’s Challenge. Headteachers have been invited to apply for a grant of £650 to encourage their pupils to get up and get moving.

Grants could be spent on new equipment to introduce a new sport to the school, or play equipment to help children with specific needs to take part in a range of activities. It can also be spent on external coaching, to help pupils learn new skills or try a selection of different sports.

Councillor Griffin said: “I’m keen for schools to tell us about the exciting physical activity projects planned for this school year, and how we can help. I know there is a great deal of good work going on in this area, and I really want to support teachers in their plans to make physical activity more fun and get more pupils enthusiastic about sport. I look forward to receiving the applications.”

Schools have received entry forms, and the deadline for returning entries is Friday 19th October with grants being awarded in November. The Mayor will follow up on projects in March and April 2019 and further grants will be awarded to those schools who have been the most creative in encouraging children to become more active.

Last year’s Mayor’s Challenge encouraged environmental activity with 23 schools receiving a grant of £650 for their work, and 4 schools presented with an additional £500 for their outstanding commitment to environmental projects.


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