Cross-fit challenge at St Swithun’s

A Winchester independent prep school has teamed up with schools in four other countries to promote pupil fitness

St Swithun’s Junior School has recently become involved in an international junior version of the cross-fit challenge. The junior challenge has been developed and initiated by eight like-minded schools from Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the USA. St Swithun’s Junior School is currently the only school representing the UK, through the current year five.

Every week one of the schools sets the others a fitness challenge and sends them a video showcasing this. Each one consists of different exercises which the girls then have a week to complete. The most recent challenge included bar chin-ups and squats with ball throws.

The programme is only in its second week but the plan is to develop the links further, exchange PE ideas and work together on other global sports projects. This is all part of a new approach to sport at the junior school, which is developing the sports opportunities available to the girls.

Roger Marshall, director of sport at St Swithun’s, said: “We have a responsibility to expand the horizons and opportunities for our girls and to enthuse the children so they leave us with a desire to stay physically active whilst possessing the skills to enjoy any sport or physical activity they choose in future life. The cross-fit initiative is just one project that is helping us achieve this and we are very proud to be part of it.”

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