Schools win a trip to Rio and playground makeover

Woodlea Junior School and Phillimore Primary School have both won top prizes through the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Paralympic Challenge.
Schools win a trip to Rio and playground makeover

Woodlea Junior School in Leyland, Lancashire, has won an incredible trip to the Paralympics in Rio following their participation in Sainsbury’s Active Kids Paralympic Challenge, a programme that encourages young people to take part in Paralympic sports.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Paralympic Challenge, a partnership between Sainsbury’s, the Youth Sport Trust and ParalympicsGB, introduces young people to the sports of boccia, goalball, sitting volleyball and athletics through a series of challenges. Teachers are able to access free online resources and introductory equipment in the four sports.

Woodlea Junior School won the prize for logging the most activity per pupil through the challenges on the Get Set Road to Rio app which encourages schools and young people to share their levels of sporting activity.

The prize includes flights, five nights accommodation in Rio for two adults and two children and tickets to the athletics, boccia, goalball, swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball competitions. It also includes a day trip to Christ the Redeemer statue.

Those attending from the school will be Headteacher, Jillian Shorrocks, Teacher, Richard Cook and Year 6 pupils Emma Currie and Scarlett Hayes.

Jillian Shorrocks, said:

We are absolutely delighted to have won such an incredible prize which will be an amazing trip for the children from our school that will go. Sainsbury’s Active Kids Paralympic Challenge has been a great way to introduce our pupils to new sports and excite them about the Paralympic Games in Rio this year. The trip really is the icing on the cake.

Youth Sport Trust Assistant Director of Programmes, Will Roberts, added:

“It is an absolute pleasure to be able to award Woodlea Junior School the trip to Rio which will be an incredible experience for the winners and will provide memories that will last a lifetime. With the Paralympic Games now underway there has never been a better time to engage young people in sport and encourage them to try something new. I would urge all schools to get involved with the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Paralympic Challenge.”

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Manager, Pete Ward said:

“It’s been a real privilege to see how much Woodlea Junior School embraced the Paralympic sports and they are a very deserving winner of the trip to Rio. The Active Kids Paralympic Challenge has been a great way to continue the momentum of the success in 2012 and raise awareness of disabled sport among young people. With over 7,000 schools already registered, we’re looking for even more to get involved and we’re supporting ParalympicsGB all the way.”

Meanwhile, Phillimore Primary School in Sheffield has won an incredible state-of-the-art playground makeover following their participation in Sainsbury’s Active Kids Paralympic Challenge.

Phillimore Primary School won the prize – to a value of £50,000 - after uploading an amazing showcase to the website that demonstrated how the school has embraced the programme and encouraged young people to be active.

The showcase was deemed by the panel to demonstrate how Active Kids Paralympic Challenge was inspirational and engaging across the whole school and how the school has used the Paralympic values to motivate young people to participate in inclusive sport.

Gillian Briggs, headteacher at Phillimore Primary School, said:

“It is fantastic to have won such an incredible prize which will transform the outside space at our school. We work extremely hard to ensure all our pupils are as active as possible and this makeover will enhance that further.”

The Sainsbury’s Active Kids Paralympic Challenges have been developed to maximise learning outcomes in relation to the national curriculum programme of study, targeting Key Stage 1-3, and will support the objectives of the Government’s Primary PE and Sport Premium.

Over 7000 schools have registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Paralympic Challenge to date. To sign up visit

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