Race to Wembley complete as Students stay active | PL Primary Stars

Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s three-week project with Mapplewells Primary and Farmilo Primary School has reached its conclusion – achieving astounding results for pupil’s health and wellbeing.

Initially challenged with completing Mansfield Town’s Sky Bet League Two journey of 854.4 miles over the three-week period, students smashed that target at the end of week two and as such, we’re set the challenge of completing an extra 272 miles – the round trip from the One Call Stadium to Wembley.

Yet again students rose to and smashed the target, with pupils from Mapplewells completing 607 miles through cycling, walking or a series of achievement based play games, whilst pupils from Farmilo weren’t too far behind, clocking up 510 miles over the last week.

Premier League Primary Stars Coordinator Jordan Ferrer said “I’m blown away by how well this challenge has gone, initially we thought that the 854.4 miles would be a big ask over three weeks, but the desire, competitiveness and phenomenal attitude from all involved has proved otherwise.

“Over the three weeks, the combined efforts of both schools have seen a staggering 3,753 miles travelled – but more importantly, the figure shows that children have got out of the house and exercised, they’ve reintegrated with other children back in school to complete the challenge and taken that positive step of getting a positive mind-set at the end of a really alien few months for them.

“I want to say a massive thank-you to both schools for taking part, and say well done to every single pupil and family to take part, no matter if you’ve completed one mile or a hundred, you’ve done something positive and contributed brilliantly”

Following the efforts of the pupils, it’s now over to the teaching staff to see who will be crowned ‘Race To Wembley’ champions in the virtual final, where teachers are challenged with doing as many consecutive keepy-ups as possible within a set time, earned by their pupils.

For every 90 miles travelled 10 seconds were gained for the school – meaning at the conclusion of the pupils’ event, a total of 1,780 miles for Mapplewells earns them 200 seconds, whilst a total of 1,973 miles gives Farmilo a narrow advantage of 220 seconds – but will that be enough?!

Stars of The Week

Each week teachers from each school nominate people who have gone above and beyond for their school – this week, Football in the Community extends a massive well done to the following pupils         


  • Charley for completing the most miles in school by running AND for SMASHING Her personal best parkrun time.
  • Stanley for his amazing garden laps
  • Jacob who hiked Curbar Edge
  • Jasper and Bailey for amazing family effort
  • All the bubbles at school for being resilient and positive.


  • Owen and Jasmine for racking up the miles through bike riding, walking and speed bouncing
  • Hugo and Beatrice for loving their bikes rides
  • Tansie who enjoyed a 6 mile walk around Ladybower Reservoir
  • Grace, another F1 superstar getting involved and getting active