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Stepping up for Sport Relief

Stepping up for Sport Relief

Sport and Fitness students from Redcar and Cleveland College have been stepping up today to join The Nation’s Sport Relief Billion Steps Challenge.

The active bunch set aside time from their studies to achieve their own 100,000 steps target.

Joined by GB distance runner Matty Hynes, who popped in to kick-start the event, the eight-strong team had to top a whopping 10,000 steps each throughout the day to hit their goal.

Matty said: “I was more than happy to come along, join the students for a few laps and offer some little snippets of advice to help keep them motivated.”

Today’s event formed part of the College’s Sport Relief activities taking place this week, raising money to help tackle critical issues affecting people across the UK and the world.

Lecturer in Sport and Fitness Adam Livingstone said: “Our aim was to raise awareness and as much money as possible for Sport Relief, helping those that are less fortunate both in the UK and the wider world.”

It was no easy feat for the Level 1 Certificate in Sport and Active Leisure Studies students who created a dedicated route on the college staircases in the central atrium where they could be seen by the whole college.

Each and every step taken contributed to The Nation’s Billion Steps Challenge, a target set by Sport Relief to beat one billion steps per day, every day, this week.

Picture by Doug Moody Photography

“It has been great for the students who came up with the idea, planned and helped to organise the event,” said Adam. “It will also contribute to one of their study units, so it all ties in nicely.”

Having Middlesbrough runner Matty Hynes join the students added to their enthusiasm.

Matty said: “There’s not enough said about how much sport brings people together, it breaks down barriers and gives young people the confidence and skills to work as a team. These are important life lessons whatever sector you work in.”

Students taking part were Rhys Mucklow, Jordan Woodall, Brittany Chambers, Matthew Batkin, Chloe Lillystone, Marcus Brewis, Jack Borrell and Jamie Harrison.

All kept track of their progress by counting their steps on the dedicated Sport Relief app. Refreshments, kindly donated from Morrisons Redcar branch, also helped to keep the team’s energy up throughout the event.

If you would like to support the students in their stepping challenge visit their online sponsorship page: my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/redcarcollegesport

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