Here at Northern Education Trust, we want to try to give our students, our staff and our wider community something positive to focus on until we break up for Christmas. That is why we are launching our ‘Passport to 2021 Challenge’, in the hope that 2021 will be a better year.
It is no secret that 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have seen many people affected in different ways. Some people have lost loved ones, been seriously ill themselves or suffered from mental health issues. There is a lot of ongoing research about how the year of the lockdown has had a detrimental impact on our mental health and it is no surprise that cases of anxiety, stress and depression have risen nationally, amongst both adults and children.
Many of us will admit to have becoming a bit of a ‘couch potato’ this year. With the second lockdown now upon us, dark nights and Christmas approaching, getting on the scales will become a painful experience. We want you to join with us to have some much needed fun and take part in any exercise you feel comfortable doing, whilst raising money for two great causes. Exercise is free, and can be done in your own time and at your own pace. There is strong scientific evidence that being physically active can lead to a healthier and happier life, boost your self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and also reduce the risk of developing stress and depression.
As a community, we will raise money to support our named charity The Sick Children’s Trust who is working for a future where every family with a seriously ill child in hospital can stay together, close to their child’s bedside. We want to support children nationally in this way but the proceeds will be split equally, with 50% being donated to some of the families of the children and young people in our academies who desperately need some support due to the sad and difficult circumstances they find themselves in this year.
This is a great opportunity to show how being involved with a multi academy trust that sponsors 21 academies across the north of England can really deliver the one thing we are all most passionate about – supporting children who need our help.
Get up, get active and let’s get through this together!
Together this Christmas is where we want families to be. Together we can make a difference to families with a seriously ill child in hospital.Click here to make a donation
STEP 1: Grab yourself a passport
Grab yourself a Passport and have a look at some of the recommended exercises. You may know alternatives and that is fine as long as they can be done safely and follow lockdown guidelines. You can either download a passport online or get one from your academy.
STEP 2: Start to exercise
On your passport you will see 21 boxes. 20 of the boxes have space for 100 exercises. Everytime you complete an exercise, simply write it in the box (for example 10 sit ups, 10 fist clenches, 10 press ups, 10 leg raises). These can be the same exercises or a mixture. When you complete 100 exercises simply move onto the next box and start again. The aim is to complete all boxes!
STEP 3: Get rewarded!
When you have completed 500, 1000, 1500 and 2000 exercises, bring your passport along to PROUD to show us and you will receive a certificate for each milestone. Don't forget to share your progress with us along the way!
STEP 4: Share your success
The final box of 21. Your last 21 exercises are the completion of the challenge. If you have a short video or photo to send us we would love to share it.
STEP 5: The important bit!
Remember the challenge is all for charity and if anyone wants to donate please encourage them to click the link: Donate!
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