Runaway success

7th May 2004 at 01:00
As Sports Relief returns for a second year, Andy Fenton samples the pack that will help schools go the extra mile.

As a PE co-ordinator for the past seven years, I have received countless packs and new schemes, most of which have been filed away until they have passed their sell-by date. This is not due to lack of interest, but because of the complicated methods of organisation required or the lack of money or suitability for my school. So I was very excited to receive a pack that seemed different. Let me introduce the Sport Relief Kit which links one of the biggest fundraising events of the year to the curriculum. It provides everything a school needs to create their own fundraising events leading up to the big Sport Relief Day on Saturday, July 10.

At first glance the pack is bright, funky and easy to follow. It's organised in coloured lanes with six areas of interest that will inspire you to get your school and pupils active and on the road to raising valuable pounds. It is definitely a superior version of the 2002 edition, and more or less guarantees you to have lots of fun along the way.

The pack consists of three easy-to-use parts. The first is brought to you by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, with ideas to slot into your PE curriculum. This section offers great new physical challenges and skills to help you get fit and healthy, promoting good practice, and offers lots of fundraising ideas.

Teachers can access the core task materials to cover the national curriculum. There are three core tasks for key stages 1 to 3. These include one each for athletics, games and dance. The second section is for citizenship and PSHE and uses real stories to focus on two serious subjects that lie behind fundraising for Sport Relief - child labour and conflict reduction. It provides many usable resources to help children see how they can help. A useful resource section also shows and explains playground games from around the world.

The final part is full of innovative fundraising ideas that can really work in school. The whole idea is to involve everybody - this means teachers, assistants, midday supervisors and governors.

Sport Relief suggests using your school council or older children to officiate and has further ideas for fundraising. Use the free video for assembly ideas and to motivate children. It includes a new S Club 8 dance routine to follow and learn - is this one for the teachers? Use as many of the ideas you like in a pick 'n' mix way, creating the best activities for you and your school.

You could take inspiration from the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister's record-breaking four-minute mile by organising a Sport Relief mile. What better way for a school to unite and work together than by training a teacher, teaming up together or holding a dinner-lady relay? The kit features several ideas for making the mile, including the number of times around different sports pitches. For example, it takes 35 circuits of a netball court to complete the distance. There are many cross-curricular links that can be made here and the core tasks are broken down clearly to cover all four elements of the PE curriculum.

The Sport Relief Kit is easy to use as a reference for fundraising. It includes online support, posters, and plenty of ideas for working and linking the core tasks to school sport and activity days. There are many ideas for fundraising within your school and the activities are new, fun and active, so it should be easy to make Sport Relief happen.

I'm looking forward to using the kit in schools, and hope to inspire children with new ideas and physical activity, and have fun and raise money in the process.

A Sport Relief Kit is being sent out to every school in the country.

For more information on assembly plans, teaching resources, email updates and campaign news, go to www.sportrelief.comschools

Andy Fenton is a part-time PE co-ordinator at Upavon Primary School, Wiltshire, and runs the primary sports consultancy Sportzcoach.

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