THE STEVENAGE TWIN TOWNS ACTIVE TRAVEL CHALLENGE 2021
We would like to invite you all to join us on an active travel challenge, clocking up 13,945 km it would take to travel point to point from Stevenage to each of our 4 Twin Towns across the world: Autun in France, Ingelheim in Germany, Shymkent in Kazakhstan and Kadoma in Zimbabwe. Stevenage Sporting Futures Team are working in collaboration with Stevenage Borough Council and the Young People’s Healthy Hub and it would be amazing to see all of our Stevenage Schools and the community taking part in any way they can.
Each of the Stevenage Twin Town Challengers would take part by completing as many km of active travel as possible. This could include walking, running, cycling, scooting, skating etc and the km will be totalled up to see if it is possible to travel the complete distance to all 4 towns. Each primary school could use this opportunity to encourage their children, staff and parents to go outside, have some fun and be active whilst amassing many km’s to reach our goal. The total of km’s actively completed by each school would need to be sent in to SSFT each week so that overall scores can be accumulated. Schools can also deliver an Intra School event, with classes or individuals competing against each other within their own school to be the most active. Any secondary students would be most welcome to participate too.
There will be certificates awarded to the schools for each stage reached in kilometres:
- Stage 1 will be the Bronze award if you travel from Stevenage in the UK and reach Autun in France – 940km.
- Stage 2 will be the Silver award if you travel from Autun in France on to Ingelheim in Germany – 436km.
- Stage 3 will be the Gold award if you then travel from Ingelheim in Germany on to Shymkent in Kazakhstan – 4,683km.
- Stage 4 will be the Platinum award if you travel from Shymkent in Kazakhstan on to the 4th Twin Town, Kadoma in Zimbabwe – 7,886km.
There will be prize vouchers awarded to the top 3 schools whose pupils have actively travelled the furthest, so the more people who take part, the more chance your school has of winning. These prizes have generously been given by Councillor Richard Henry and Councillor Jackie Hollywell from Stevenage Borough Council and we would like to thank them both for their contributions. Schools could introduce a fundraising element to their event if they wish, with the children and staff raising money for their activities which could be used for school equipment or donated to a charity of their choice. This is entirely the choice of the school and must be organised independently.
As well as the increase in physical activity, this challenge will also cover a range of other cross curricular opportunities that can be incorporated such as Maths, English, Geography, History, Art and we would love to hear about and see some of your ideas linked to the challenge. More infomation with the history of the towns will come at a later date.
The Stevenage Twin Towns event will begin over the Easter holidays and will run until Friday 21st May 2021.
Please see the following documents below:
History of Twin Towns- HISTORY OF THE STEVENAGE TWIN TOWNS
Stevenage Borough Council- Cycle paths
As part of the Twin Town challenge, you may choose to cycle to different destinations within Stevenage. On the Stevenage Borough Council website below, there are several maps that can be used which highlight all the cycle routes within Stevenage. Can you plan your own route and challenge yourself to cycle to different areas of Stevenage?
STOOP offer different walking opportunities that you can complete while partaking in the Stevenage Twin Towns Walking challenge. On their website they offer different walking challenges and routes that you can take part in. How many of the challenges can you complete?