Virtual Sports Day aims to improve youngsters Mental Wellbeing as Football in the Community partner with Farmilo Primary School | PL Primary Stars

Mansfield Town Football in the community are delighted to be working with partner School Farmilo Primary School this week, coming together to collectively tackle the isolation children are facing and improve their mental wellbeing.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Mansfield Town Football in the Community and Farmilo Primary are working together to deliver a ‘Virtual Sports Day’ to all of the Primary Schools Pupils, with Community Coaches working alongside teachers to devise five challenges which pupils can do at home.

Premier League Primary Stars Coordinator and Assistant Community Manager Jordan Ferrer said “This is a fantastic idea and a great way for kids to be competitive with each other whilst they are forced apart by the pandemic.

“We’ve filmed five challenges which not only show the kids how the challenge should be completed, but also shows parents how to set them up using household items – the School are distributing those internally to parents over the course of the week, giving pupils the chance to practise the games.

“It would have been the School’s annual Sports Day on Friday so the idea with the Virtual Sports Day, is that the kids can see and try the challenges all week, and then on Friday parents will be asked to record the scores of their children and upload them – allowing the school to collate the results and share them.

“We understand how much of an impact being separated from friendships groups can have on children, staying active and competitive is of mass importance to combat that and maintain a positive mind-set which is certainly what we are aiming for here.”

Mansfield Town Football in the Community have worked closely with the School through virtual meetings to design the activities, which will be adaptations of traditional Sports Day events using household items and minimal space to compete.

Over the course of the week, the children will participate in events including the ‘Duvet Sack Race’, ‘Human Hula-Hoop’ and ‘Triple Jump Relay’. 

Adam Newman, KS2 Leader and Curriculum Coordinator at Farmilo Primary added “Physical Activity and sport are very important to our school and we have heard lots of our families continuing to safely engage in daily physical activity whether that’s Joe Wicks’ Workouts, long walks or runs as a household.

“Our virtual sports day is a chance to bring our school together in physical activity, having fun and sharing our enthusiasm for PE and sport, we’re delighted that Mansfield Town Football in the Community are supporting us on this – there help in designing challenges and adapting the usual events has really helped to raise the bar and I’m sure the kids are going to really enjoy participating.”

For any schools wishing to design their own Virtual Sports Day, please contact Jordan Ferrer by emailing Jordan.ferrer@mansfieldtownfitc.net

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