I am not sure whether people really want to remember early on this year where we were all in lockdown. However, cast your eyes back to April 2020, across the country the School Games network ran a national ‘Keepie Up’ event to engage as many people as possible in some sort of physical exercise. Well the network and in particular an ex colleague of Penny and I (Ali Watt) has pulled it out of the bag again and is looking at a Santa Dash activity that can be run in school.
The idea is simple, on Friday 11th December 2020 can we get as many children and staff as possible dressed as Santa Claus to complete a Santa dash (in your bubbles) in school. For schools with tracks and who complete the ‘daily mile’ this would be as simple as incorporating this activity into your daily routine and allowing children and staff to dress up as Santa and run around the track during your daily physical activity.
For schools that do not use the 'daily mile' at the moment or do not have purpose-built tracks around your grounds, this activity could be the steppingstone to introduce the 'daily mile' into your 30 active minutes a day routine. If you do not have a track, then a playground or field can be utilised instead.
There are no time or distance restrictions, it is to be as flexible as possible for each educational establishment. Just please make sure it fits into your own educational establishment Covid-19 risk assessment. So why not give it go, it is Christmas and let’s be honest I am sure we all need a little ‘Christmas cheer’ during this period of the year. What a great way to have a little physical activity in a fun way just before the Christmas break.
If you would like to take part or need additional help, please contact Colin Grady. I will email across the template timetable, M & E form and Santa Dash certificate and discuss any issues you have with planning the event.