BLOG: Why we’re ‘walking to Moscow’ to raise money for the Youth Sport Trust

Ross McNeil is a Department/Head of Boys PE and an Enrichment Co-coordinator teacher at King Edward VII Academy. He blogs about how pupils are travelling to the World Cup – symbolically – to get active and raise money for the charity on National School Sport Week.

As a school, we are excited to get involved with the Youth Sport Trust’s National School Sport Week because we are passionate about the power of sport and we see PE and physical education as a big deal for students’ emotional and physical wellbeing.

At King Edward VII Academy, we are proud to support over 1,000 pupils aged between 11 and 18. It is important to us that we encourage our pupils to get active and understand the importance of PE and sport and that we help children all over have the same opportunities that our students do. This is why we are fundraising for the children’s charity by doing a sponsored ‘symbolic’ walk to Moscow but we also have lots of other ideas planned.

Pupils ‘hooked’ on National School Sport Week

We’re starting National School Sport Week a little early, with a fishing trip today (22 June).

As well as a series of after-school activities, our main fundraiser is a sponsored symbolic walk to Moscow. As a school, we will be walking the equivalent of the distance from King’s Lynn to Moscow, a total of 1,877 miles! The walk has been planned to take place on the school grounds at the start of all PE lessons, with each student and staff member contributing one mile. We had originally planned for the pupils to walk the mile, but some enthusiastic students have volunteered themselves to jog or even cycle. One of our Year 7 students said he “can’t wait to jog the mile, play 5-a-side football, go fishing and take part in Link Cricket”. 

Active lessons

For the sponsored walk, we have tried to get as many subjects involved as possible. We have marked landmarks for each key milestone including Amsterdam, Berlin, Gdansk, Belarus, Minsk and our final stop, Moscow! When the students reach Moscow, they’ll have the opportunity to celebrate with a penalty in support of the World Cup and donate to the Youth Sport Trust. The landmarks will also support our Geography classes. The students will learn about historical events that took place in each location. There will also be an opportunity for the students to create pictures and banners to support their sporting feats during Art classes.

The whole school is looking forward to taking part in the activities we’ve organised for National School Sport Week. We are also excited to use this opportunity to support the Youth Sport Trust as we like to think of ourselves as being ambassadors for the week. We hope this week will give students the power and opportunity to talk to their parents about the great work the charity is doing by helping them to understand the opportunities that sport creates and the barriers some young people face to participating in physical activity. We hope the week will inspire students to join a club, take up a sport and get active throughout the summer and beyond, nurturing a lifelong love of participating in physical activity.

Looking for inspiration on how your school can fundraise for Youth Sport Trust for National School Sport Week? King Edward VII Academy will be using each of these activities to raise money for the Youth Sport Trust.

Monday 25 June – Junior House 5-a-side Football: Pupils will create their own team name or choose a country to represent.

Tuesday 26 June – Junior House Quick Cricket, open to boys and girls

Tuesday 26 June – House Tennis – Tennis Centre Coach

Wednesday 27 June – Club Link Cricket:2 hours of free coaching with a member of North Runcton CC, Josh Ring

Thursday 28 June – Dodgeball

Friday 29 June – All Years Fun Sports Day:House event led by the house tutors involving egg & spoon race, 3 leg race and relays.

Visit to get involved and fundraise for National School Sport Week or to sponsor Kes Academy click here.

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