Whether they're big team events that bring
out everyone's competitive side or less obvious ways to get people
out and about (treasure hunt, anyone?) there's sure to be a
perfect fit for your school. Here are just a few
Using what you have
Making use of school and PTA resources means you can
have a day that's cheap to run and cheap to attend. It's also
likely to fit with the curriculum and help improve
Run, swim and cycle: Three of the
most popular sporty sponsorship events - a run, swim or cycle - can
be held individually or grouped together for a triathlon event. A
run (or walk) simply requires your school field, while a swim is
ideal if you have a school pool, and pupils can bring in their
bikes or scooters for a ride. Adapt the sponsorship according to
the activity and age of your pupils, and consider opening the event
up to families. Boost profits with refreshments stalls.
Football match: Recruit a team of
mums and dads (and staff members, if they're willing) to represent
each class or year. Charge players to enter the tournament and host
pupil and parent matches at different times so they can all watch
each other. Ask a PE teacher or a local sports coach to referee.
Have stalls to keep people busy and active between games, such as
penalty shoot-outs. Present medals and a trophy to the winners.
Family stoolball/rounders: You're
likely to already have the equipment for a family game of stoolball
or rounders. Get classes to compete against each other and provide
footballs and frisbees for those who are waiting to play. Serve
food and drink throughout the event.
Remember, it's not only the school's equipment that
may be open to you but potentially that of other local
organisations. If you have a nearby gym, could you use its rowing
machine or static bike for a rowing or cycling challenge? Your
local football club may have a speed-radar machine that means you
can hold a powershot challenge where you measure the speed of a
football being kicked into the goal. A nearby golf club may let you
use its putting green for a competition. Ask your local Lions and
Rotary clubs if they have anything you can borrow.
Holding events for the public rather than just the
school community means more pockets to profit from - and wider
awareness of your cause. Hold an event that's unusual or new to
your area to pull people in who aren't associated with the
Colour run: These fun runs involving
brightly coloured powder are hugely popular, but are often open to
adults only, so you can fill a gap in your community with an event
that allows children to enter too. The non-toxic powder washes away
easily without staining clothes or the ground.
It's a knockout: This fun event is
sure to attract lots of spectators as well as those taking part.
Inflatables companies can adapt a package to suit your size and
budget, and bring their own insurance, PA system, trophies and
If you'd like external support in organising your
event, you can work with companies to get resources or ask them to
run the whole thing.
Sports for Schools: Athlete-led
physical activity events inspire kids to participate in more sport
while raising money for PE equipment. Children can obtain
sponsorship to take part, and as part of the event they'll get to
meet a top-level sportsperson. The money raised must be used to buy
sports equipment, so it's a great way to link the fundraiser to the
products being funded. Visit sportsforschools.org for more
Jump Rope for Heart: Five- to
13-year-olds can take part in the British Heart Foundation's Jump
Rope for Heart skipping challenge. Sign up for free, and receive
teaching resources and skipping ropes for your school, as well as
access to the online hub. Any funds raised are then split 80:20
between the British Heart Foundation and your school. For more
details, visit bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help.
Outside the box
Not everyone enjoys team sports or sponsored events,
but you can still encourage them to get active.
Treasure hunt: This is a great way
to get people outdoors. Organise a treasure hunt around the school
grounds or around the local area, giving families the chance to
explore together. Create a map with clues and set children tasks to
complete along the way. Award prizes to all those who complete the
hunt and set up stalls and refreshments at the end.
Sporty talent show: A talent show
lets you incorporate sports that don't necessarily lend themselves
to an event. Martial arts, gymnastics and dance can all be
demonstrated in a show to pupils and parents, with refreshments and
a raffle to boost profits. As well as individual acts, see if any
school or local clubs want to perform to inspire pupils.
Climbing wall: Bringing in unusual
equipment means you can offer pupils a new experience, making
memories while getting active at the same time. Equipment such as
climbing walls can be hired and erected in your
What might work in your local
- Running a successful event relies on getting people
enthusiastic and involved. When it comes to sporty events, think
about what gets people excited in your local area. If there's a
popular local sports club, base an event around that sport and see
if anyone from the club can come along for a demonstration.
- Do your surroundings lend themselves to an activity?
You may be surrounded by signposted National Trust walking routes
or national parks that allow cycling. If you're in a city, is there
a local park where you can organise a run?
- Research nearby facilities. Roller-skating halls and
ice rinks are a fun way to get people moving, or you could use a
local swimming pool or trampolining club for a sponsored swim or
Share this page