Staff and students at SGS College like a challenge so when the opportunity arose to enter the AOC Sport around the world in 30 days challenge, they jumped at it.
Taking place throughout November and December the SGS participants joined the Strava cycling and running clubs to clock up miles to add to the College’s total miles. The challenge supported both learners and staff to come together to achieve greatness whilst promoting the benefits of physical activity and mental wellbeing.
As a College students and staff clocked up an impressive 17203 miles over the 30 days which saw SGS College finish 2nd out of 64 Colleges nationwide in the overall leader board, only to be 249 miles behind first place.
Alex Gaiger, Head of Sport commented:
“This challenge has supported staff and learners to stay engaged with a challenge whilst the country was in its second National lockdown and Bristol being placed in tier 3. It has helped develop a positive mental attitude and provided us with the thirst to continue to develop our Strava clubs encouraging others through kudos to celebrate physical activity.
“This year we have seen the launch of our Cycling Academy, the programme combines education with cycling performance and creates an opportunity for learners to excel within cycling. The Cycling Academy learners have supported to promote cycling to the rest of the college and wider community. The learners have pushed themselves to the limits and in some cases we have seen over 270 miles completed by learners on a weekly basis.”
Cycling Academy student, Lauren Booth, added:
“I enjoyed being part of the challenge with my peers, we supported and motivated each other to get on the bike and put in those extra miles. Regular updates were posted so we could see how we were progressing as a team. It’s has helped create a sense of togetherness amongst our group. I also enjoyed being able to see that SGS staff helping to add to the miles.”