Schools set to ‘Race to Wembley’ as Football in the Community launch new Primary Stars project | PL Primary Stars

Two schools from Nottinghamshire are set to complete Mansfield Town FC’s Sky Bet League Two Journey, as all pupils are encouraged to participate in a series of sporting challenges and games – ahead of the Youth Sport Trust National School Sport Week at Home: In partnership with Sky Sports.

Launching during the national event students from Farmilo Primary and Mapplewells Primary will virtually compete in Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s ‘Race to Wembley’.

Over the next three weeks, pupils from both schools are tasked with completing the 854.4 miles Graham Coughlan’s men had left to travel, ticking off miles by competing in a series of challenges which can be completed either within School or at home, where achieving certain targets will equal a mile travelled.

Pupils can complete the miles in any way they see fit, ticking off a mile for a mile by walking, running or cycling – or by achieving certain targets within fun and engaging games that can be played at home with common household items used as equipment.

Jordan Ferrer, PL Primary Stars Coordinator said “The Stags had an 854.4-mile round trip to complete the season and we’re delighted to incorporate this into our ‘Race to Wembley’ challenge.

“The Schools have three weeks to complete their journey, with every child encouraged to contribute to the schools overall total through a series of games which we hope injects from fun and laughter into the final few weeks of what has been a very strange academic year.

“During the final week of term, we’ve set a special ‘cup final’ football based challenge for both schools which is going to be held at a virtual Wembley Stadium – the idea is that whilst the kids are ‘Going the distance’ there also achieving bonuses which will help within the final itself with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Like other Community Schemes, we’ve had to adapt our delivery during the Coronavirus Outbreak and look at new ways to only to support Schools, Teachers and Pupils – but also connect them and keep some form of normality like our Primary Stars competitions which would be running around now in normal circumstances – we see this as a fantastic way to do just that and can’t wait to see the challenge unfold”

Mansfield Town Football in the Community coaches have devised the games which can be adapted for home use and will provide the schools with information on how these games should be set-up and carried out, score sheets will also be provided so that Schools can track their own process and report back on a weekly basis.

How The Event Will Work?

  • Each school has a base target of 854.4 “miles” to complete across three weeks
  • The schools’ pupils will complete these by taking part in a range of games of their choosing, within which certain achievements equate to one mile – for example, completing 50 Speed Bounces
  • Alternatively, pupils can also complete miles for miles, by going on a walk, run or cycle. 
  • The ‘Cup Final’ will be a Football based challenge, where each school will have a base of 90 seconds to score as many points as possible – however during the three-week build-up, they can earn bonus time for every 90 Miles they complete of their journey