Last Friday marked the beginning of a week of sporting activities as girls from across the School began their fundraising for Sport Relief. With the belief that everyone deserves the right to live happier, healthier and safer lives, Sport Relief use any money raised to tackle critical issues affecting people across the UK and the world.
The Junior School began their activities by running a mile around Cintra Park, where the PE department introduced the girls to some Fartlek training. For those who are not up to speed on such sporting terms, Fartlek training is defined as periods of fast running intermixed with periods of slower running. This was a great way to kick-start the Sport Relief week, particularly as it saw the involvement of girls (and staff) who are not usually involved in running club. Next on the agenda was House Gymnastics where girls from across all four Houses performed their floor routines, vault and partner balances to great cheers from other members of their respective Houses. The effect of this event was seen throughout the rest of the week, with girls practising their gymnastics moves in the Quad at break times. Finally, all staff and girls came dressed in their sports kit and House colours for the last day of term, all contributing their £1 to do so, totalling £330 for Sport Relief from this activity alone.
Meanwhile at the Senior School, a long line of girls queued up to take their shot at ‘Beat the Keeper’. Girls each paid 20p to have a go at scoring a penalty stroke against Miss Mears (Great Britain’s development Goal Keeper). Staff were also keen to get involved, contributing to Sport Relief through a step challenge. Each day they would submit their daily steps in the attempt to win the prize for the most steps taken over the week. To help with this, staff joined together to form lunchtime walking groups on Tuesday and Thursday this week. On Wednesday, staff and pupils took part in the Zumbathon. With each year group designated a time-slot and staff joining in when they could, The Abbey became a day filled with Zumba - a much-loved activity around the School. Sport Relief at the Senior School concludes this evening with the annual Sports Dinner, where a game of ‘Head or Tails’ will be among the activities contributing to all the money that The Abbey have raised for Sport Relief this year.