Location: Virtual Event, Complete anywhere! Date: July 2022 to September 2022
School‘s out for SUMMER!
It’s the holiday we all look forward to the most – the summer school holiday.
Six glorious weeks of fun with countless plans and activities, ultimately ending in slight boredom and a strange feeling of looking forward to school (would you believe).
This summer, Elite Adventures are running a new initiative which aims to get children outside and active. In response to ongoing research, we are looking for school age children that would like to get involved and take on our summer holiday walking challenge.
A study conducted by the British Heart Foundation, has shown that by age 11, children are doing an hour less of physical activity a week than they were at age 6.
Monitoring the behaviour of more than 2,000 children, from 57 schools
across South West England, statistics currently show that children become 17 minutes less active per week, every year. The UK Chief Medical Officers recommend that children do an hour of physical activity every day however, research suggests that only 41% of children achieve this by the time they leave primary school.
A study published in March 2022 found that 14.4% of reception age children (age 4-5) are obese, with a further 13.3% overweight. At age 10-11 (year 6), 25.5% are obese and 15.4% overweight. This data is from 2020/21 and is gathered as part of the National Child Measurement Programme. These figures show large increases on the previous year (2019/20), when 9.9% of children aged 4-5 and 21.0% of children aged 10-11 were obese.
Therefore, to support pupils in improving both their physical and mental health, Elite Adventures are extending our virtual challenges to school age children throughout the UK. We offer 4 virtual challenges; all of which can be tracked using free apps such as; Strava, Run keeper, Zwift and Mapmyrun, along with medals and certification.
Choose between our 4 challenge events;
Yorkshire three peaks – Over 39km of rolling hills including three of the highest peaks in Yorkshire!
Kilimanjaro – A 62km journey to the highest free standing mountain in the world, known as the roof of Africa.
Hadrian’s Wall – An eye watering 135km roman built wall stretching the width of the UK.
Everest – This challenge requires so serious grit… 8848m of pure incline. Can you climb the height of the highest mountain on Earth!
You can start anytime between July and September 2022, the School Holiday Challenge is a virtual event which means you can run, walk or cycle the distance over the summer holidays, absolutely anywhere.
As an added bonus, every entrée into our 2022 summer holiday challenge will enter your school into our prize draw to win a fantastic sports package for the PE department.
Why not Involve the whole family! Take on the challenge with an entry each, or do it together as one – you decide.
What is a virtual challenge?
This is a virtual challenge, which means you can take part anywhere in the world, in your own time and at your own pace. This also includes treadmill runs/walks.
How do I take part?
It’s easy to take part, once you have signed up the challenge begins. Print one of our challenge trackers (or why not make your own) and get those feet moving, your aim is to achieve the total distance before the summer ends.
Once you have completed your challenge send a photo of your colourful challenge tracker and we will get your medal into the post.
The most colourful and creative challenge tracker we receive will win a colouring package delivered straight to your door. (Competition closes in October 2022)
A note about medal delivery:
We will endeavour to get your medal posted to you within 48 hours of completion but please be aware this could take longer during busy periods.