#DevonVirtualGames is ‘Virtually’ the Devon Summer School Games!

Devon’s schoolchildren will still be able to take part in the popular School Games this year.  In fact it’s ‘virtually’ the same as normal.

Active Devon, working alongside partners, is launching the Devon ‘Virtual’ Games.  They get underway with a Walk, Jog, Run challenge starting next Monday – May 18th.  Primary school pupils will have 20, 30 and 40 mile targets. Those in secondary schools will aim for 40, 60 and 80 miles.

All those taking part will be able to compete at home, in the garden or at school if you should be there. Or, using safe open spaces.

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Once a challenge has been completed entries can be submitted on-line.

One thing hasn’t changed. There will be medals, certificates, and award categories for each event. All entries will also be included into a draw for the chance to win some great prizes. The school with the highest percentage of pupils taking part will also be recognised.

The #DevonVirtualGames continues through until July 13th. Other challenges include the ‘Sportshall’ Pentathlon, Dance, Boccia (Sock-ia) and the Andy Murray 100 Volley event.

The last event will be a set of family-based challenges. These will run throughout the summer holidays.

Every Monday at 10am throughout June a new challenge will be posted on the Active Devon website. Each competition will be open for a limited amount of time. Youngsters can take part in as many as they want.

“Devon’s schoolchildren love taking part in the School Games. So, even though our normal event can’t go ahead, we wanted to create something virtually.” Said Lisa Alford from Active Devon.

“Obviously safety is our number one priority. We have designed this so that all those involved can achieve their targets safely. Either at home, in the backyard or garden, at school, or in open spaces near to where they live.

There is the added incentives of some great prizes. I am sure the hundreds of children and their schools will be keen to take part. It will continue our tradition of friendly rivalry across the county.”

Full details of the Devon Virtual School Games, including how to get involved can be found on our Challenge page here.

We will also be regularly posting on our social media channels @schoolgamesdevon (Facebook) @SGDevon (Twitter) using the hashtag #DevonVirtualGames.