Ark Sports Day Challenge

Friday 26 June 2020

With sports day unable to take place this year, Ark Academy is taking part in the Ark Sports Day Challenge - to get the schools across the Ark network to collectively cycle, run and walk the distance around the world. It is 40,000km!

Ark Academy, has set a distance of 5,000km to travel across Europe which we need to complete during the two weeks of the challenge, from the 1st to 15th July.

​To achieve this goal, we would like each student to complete a distance between 1km – 10km+ by running, walking, cycling or something else creative. Regardless of your ability everybody can join in.

But this is not just for students! We would like our whole community to take part.

So that means parents of course, but we would also like to see aunties and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers, as well as any and all friends you can rope in to take part. Our only limitation is we unfortunately cannot include any distance from family pets. When logging your distance simply select “Secondary Family & Friends”. Unfortunately, family and friends cannot contribute to a house but you can contribute to our Ark Academy total and be part of our team!

We need to act in accordance to social distance rules and to be sensible at this time, but being active and getting outside, even if for 15 minutes, is very important to maintaining good health – physically and mentally.

Participants will be able to compete across multiple challenges: including the longest distance, best achievement, and fastest time across a series of set challenges. During the two weeks of the challenge, we will be publishing top results for each year/house group. You can also create a team and enter in a family distance.

Other schools in the Ark network will be taking part, so we want to ensure we can get further than the other Ark schools! You can follow our journey on our schools Ark Academy Twitter page where we will be posting regular updates.

In addition to having lots of fun doing this together, we are hoping to raise some money for our school. Everything the school raises will be doubled thanks to a match funding scheme we can access. We know this is a very difficult time for many – so please do not consider it a requirement to raise sponsorship money or donate to take part. We want everyone to take part. With a collective 40,000km to achieve, it really is the taking part that counts!

To sign up, all you need to do is visit:

If you can’t access this site, let the school know and they can give you a paper form to complete.

We would love you to be a part of our sports day with a difference and seeing what challenges everyone sets themselves!

Let's inspire each other with what we can achieve together.

Miss Gallagher

Head of Physical Education