#TakeTheChallenge Launches Virtual Series To Build School Spirit

    #TakeTheChallenge challenges all students and teachers to take part and earn points for their school through a series of exciting and fun weekly activities. The challenge includes a wide variety of sports including running, cycling, swimming, chess, golf, dance, horse riding, gymnastics, rowing and even a fun Rubik’s cube competition.

    The aim is to get students and teachers active, healthy and building school spirit during this uncertain time. Children and teachers from across the country are taking up the challenge to keep fit and healthy. With all official sport indefinitely on hold, #Takethechallenge is a way for the whole family to stay active.

    How it works:

    • Challenges are set weekly and students and teachers that achieve those challenges will earn points for their school.
    • A weekly leader board is shared with all schools.
    • The objective of the weekly challenges is not to find the fastest child over 5km or the best tennis player, but to get children active and healthy and build school spirit.
    • Each week there will be a different theme including the various sports and different challenges – current theme is the Olympics Games.

    The challenge is open to all students from ELC (early learning centre) – Grade 12. Said founder Mat Quinn, ‘What an incredible response to week one of the Virtual Interschools #TakeTheChallenge competition. We have had 3500 participants from over 100 schools sign up. In week one of the Olympic Challenge, the children racked up some impressive statistics. They cycled 3560km, ran (or walked) 5222km, swam 205km, did 6330 minutes of gymnastics, played 504 holes of golf and 7830 minutes of tennis.’

    ‘This individual challenge is just the beginning with both family and school activities planned for the near future. The interest in this campaign confirms the need that people have to remain fit and healthy, and part of a ‘community’ during this time. #TakeTheChallenge offers people all of that, and we look forward to growing it together.’ 

    Each challenge week is built around a theme. For the first three weeks, the challenges will be based around the Tokyo Olympic Games. In the future, themes such as Tour De France, Spring, Women’s week, dancing, Rubik’s cube and a road trip around South Africa to celebrate Heritage day will be included. In addition, the organisers have derby days, and a zoom webinar concept ‘let’s chat’ planned for the near future.

    Derby Days

    Derby Days are being planned where schools will be able to compete against each other in set challenges and compete for bragging rights. #TakeThe Challenge will invite a South African Sports star to a chat, where children will ask the questions. Students and their parents will be able to enjoy fun and relaxed interviews with these athletes.

    The Zoom webinars will feature the likes of Africa’s fastest man Akani Simbine, South Africa’s queen of the pool, Tatjana Schoenmaker and Olympic Gold Medallist and World Record Holder Wayde Van Niekerk.