Mass zumbathon with 300 children for Sport Relief

Children from Blackpool Primary schools take part in exercise for Sport Relief at Blackpool Tower.  One of the Zumba instructors leads the children.
Children from Blackpool Primary schools take part in exercise for Sport Relief at Blackpool Tower. One of the Zumba instructors leads the children.
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Some 300 children from Waterloo Primary School took part in a mass zumbathon at Blackpool Tower in aid of Sport Relief.

The pupils took part in the fundraiser for Sport Relief, which is held every two years and is staged by the team behind Comic Relief in association with BBC Sport, helping raise money for vulnerable people both abroad and in the UK.

Children from Blackpool Primary schools take part in exercise for Sport Relief at Blackpool Tower

Children from Blackpool Primary schools take part in exercise for Sport Relief at Blackpool Tower

Waterloo Year 3 teacher Bekks Wynn was behind the mass zumba exercise.

She said: “I organised for 300 children to go to The Tower and they did zumba in the famous ballroom.

“Alimanda – the Zumba Twins – held the sesion for us and some of the children went to the top of the Tower to carry on on the glass floor.

“The children also went to Jungle Jims where we challenged them so see how many slides they could get down.

Children from Blackpool Primary schools take part in exercise for Sport Relief at Blackpool Tower.  Billy Cason and Gracie Newton with from Waterloo.

Children from Blackpool Primary schools take part in exercise for Sport Relief at Blackpool Tower. Billy Cason and Gracie Newton with from Waterloo.

“W’re quite a large school and it was a sight to see the children walking dowbn the Promenade together.

“Wer did it all for Sport Relief – each child had to donate at least £1 and some donated much more. The people at The Tower were brilliant as well, making a donation from profits at the shop.”

A gym-worker took on a mammoth task in aid of Sport Relief.

Mat Wignall, group fitness manager at Village Urban Resort, Heron’s Reach, Blackpool, set himself the challenge of rowing the distance of the River Thames, running the distance of two marathons and cycling the distance of Land’s End to Great Yarmouth – across the country, in just three weeks.

Mat has been using the rowing machine in the gym, running on the treadmill and riding a spin bike - on top of working shifts and teaching fitness classes.

Bosses at Village Blackpool have said they will match his fundraising total. You can still sponsor him by visiting www.justgiving.com/MatWignall

Carr Hill students raised £1,500 and counting for Sport Relief.

Students in Years 7, 8 , 9 and the Sixth Form have been running the Sport Relief Mile at school this week.

The youngsters have already raised £1,500 for the national charity and have been running the mile in fancy dress or sports kits. The students have been taking selfies during mile and tweeting them to Sport Relief as part of the charity’s national social media campaign.

Thousands of events were held across the country – and many more are being held this weekend.

The Sport Relief Mile is being staged at various locations, including Stanley Park at 10am on Sunday, and Fairhaven Lake in Fylde three hours later. Palatine Leisure Centre is also hosting a Sport Relief Swimathon today and tomorrow.

A spokesman for Sport Relief said: “You can run, swim,cycle or even walk yourself proud at events across the country.

“There’s a distance for everyone in the Sport Relief Games, whether you’re sporty or not.”