Schools under starter’s orders

SCHOOLS and youth groups have been urged to get under starter’s orders for a series of fund-raising sports activities.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) hopes to secure entries to its Artie’s Olympics, Jump Rope For Heart and Ultimate Dodgeball challenges.

The schemes raise vital funds for the charity’s life-saving work, as well as allow the organisations taking part to keep 20 percent of the money they collect.

Artie’s Olympics is suitable for children aged three to eight and comes with a free BHF organiser’s kit, while Jump Rope For Heart is suitable for children aged seven to 16. Since it began 25 years ago more than 25,000 schools and youth groups have taken part. It comes with a free activity kit, worth more than £30, which includes teaching materials, skipping skills and ropes.

Ultimate Dodgeball is a new challenge, taking the form of a fast-paced game that can be played by children aged seven to 18, of different abilities. There is a free kit with everything needed to play and organise sponsored tournaments.

Schools taking part in the programmes can put them towards Heathy Schools Awards, Activemark, Sportsmark and Sports Partnership Awards.

For more information, or to register for an event, contact Stephen Layden on 01697 746317, email or visit