Premier League Primary Stars Coordinator Jordan Ferrer has hailed the response to Football in the Community’s ‘Race To Wembley’ challenge as ‘simply phenomenal’ as week one draws to a close.
Students from Mapplewells Primary and Farmilo Primary are battling it out in a bid to complete Mansfield Town Football Clubs remaining Sky Bet League Two travel, with certain milestones in the 854.4-mile journey earning rewards for a Virtual Cup Final during the last week of term.
In the opening week, 177 students from both schools have taken part either in school or at home – opting to play a series of fun games designed by Football in the Community coaches, where achievements are substituted as miles, or go mile for mile in a walk, run or bike ride.
“When I was sent the numbers by the schools, I had to look twice – I was not expecting such a brilliant response by students, they’ve really jumped on board and embraced the challenge.” Said Jordan Ferrer, PL Primary Stars Coordinator.
“It’s been such a difficult few months for young people not being able to mix with friendship groups, and one of the main concerns from teachers that we’d spoken too, was the impact on their mental health and wellbeing
“Our intention from the get-go with this project was to try and create something which could bring those pupils now back in School together in a safe and fun way, but also something which didn’t exclude those unable to get back to the playground – and judging by the simply phenomenal response thus far, I think we’ve achieved that”
The challenge takes place over three weeks, before a final challenge during the last week of term which will be a Virtual “Wembley” Cup Final – schools can earn rewards for that final for every 90 miles they complete, with the School who’s travelled furthest each week gaining an additional reward.
At the conclusion of week one, Monday 5pm, Mapplewells Primary had completed 215.23 miles, whilst Farmilo had completed 466 miles in total.
“The race is a very close run thing so far, especially when you average out the participants at the individual schools against the miles travelled. However, for us, the distance is a by-product we just want children to continue to have fun and enjoy the final few weeks of what’s been a very different term.”
Mansfield Town Football in the Community would like to say a huge well done to every participant, and look forward to seeing how you progress in week two!