Sports Day 2020
Join in our 2020 sports from home. Try these sporty challenges Mr McLeod has set….
Róisín getting ready for stationary high jump..
Síofra’s wellie toss…
Róisín’s wellie toss…
Jamie doing high jump and wall sit..
Beth and Conor getting ready to do the wellie throw..
Maizie doing sprints, long distance, jumping and skipping..
Ted, Millie and Gemma…
Daisy’s wall sit:
Conor and Abby doing couch long jumps…
Event 1: Long Distance
See how far you can run in 5 minutes (3 minutes for infant classes). Using a measuring tape, set two markers a certain distance apart (e.g. 5m or 10m, it doesn’t really matter once you know what the distance is!). Start at the first marker and turn on your 5 minute timer. Run around the other marker and back to your starting point. Keep going for 5 minutes (3 minutes for infants) until your time is up. Make sure that you know the distance between the markers and that you have somebody counting how many times you have ran between the markers. Calculate how far you ran in 5 minutes (or 3 minutes) by multiplying the amount of times you ran between the markers and the distance between the markers (e.g. 30 runs x 10 meters = 300 meters).
Event 2: Sprint
Using a measuring tape, set two markers 5m apart. You must run up and back 10 times (5 times for infant classes) in as quick a time as you can (100m in total, 50m for infants). Start at one marker (foot behind the line!) and have a family member say ‘On your marks.. get set.. GO!’ As soon as you hear ‘Go’ start sprinting! Make sure that you have somebody recording your time (make it as exact as you can, down to the millisecond!)
Event 3: Sack Race
Using the exact same set up described in Event 2, put a “sack” (e.g. large bin bag) over your legs. Get someone to record the time it takes you to get from one marker to the other and back 5 times (50m in total for all class levels). Don’t fall if you want to get a good time!
Event 4: Stationary Long Jump
Place a marker in your garden allowing plenty of space beyond your marker. Stand at the marker (both feet in line with each other and completely behind the marker) and do not take a run at it. Bend your knees (like in the photo below) and jump as far forward as you can, ensuring that you land on both feet with knees bent. Ask a family member to accurately mark where you land, and to measure the distance (using a measuring tape for example) between the starting point and the landing point (back of foot). If you fall backwards onto your bum when you land it doesn’t count and you must try again!
Event 5: Stationary High Jump
Stand against a wall as shown in the images above. Stretch your inner arm up as high as you can and mark where you can reach up to with a piece of sticky tape/Blu Tack (or whatever you can use). Then bend your knees as shown in the images above, jump as high as you can vertically, and place another piece of sticky tape/Blu Tack as high up on the wall as you can (or else get someone else to mark this point for you, whichever is easiest). Ask an adult to measure the distance (using a measuring tape) between the two points to see just how much you jumped!
Event 6: Wall Sit
Set yourself up in the position shown in the image above. Have your back flat against a wall and ensure that your knees are bent to 90°(this is very important as otherwise the challenge will be too easy, no cheating!!). Start the timer and see how long you can last in this position before you fall or have to stand up. Your legs will be burning!
Event 7: ‘Discus’ (Throw the Boot)
Place a marker on the ground outside, with plenty of space beyond the marker. Stand at the marker, with feet in line with each other and completely behind the marker (no run ups allowed!). Using an overarm throw, throw your boot/welly/shoe as far as you can. To measure the distance you threw your boot, place one foot in front of the other (heel to toe) and count how many steps it is to the boot! (the children should do this so that shoe size is roughly the same for everyone).
Event 8: Plank Challenge
Get yourself into the plank position, as shown in the picture below. Place your forearms on the floor with elbows right below your shoulders. Clasp your hands together, as shown. Keep your head, back, hips and legs in a straight line! Once in this position, start the timer and see how long you can last before you collapse to the floor!
Event 9: Tennis Ball Challenge
Stand one meter away from a wall (either inside or outside). The aim is to throw the ball (tennis ball or something similar) against the wall and catch it again as many times as possible in two minutes (drops don’t count!). Get someone to time the two minutes and to count the number of successful catches.
Event 10: Throwing Challenge
Place a small bucket/basin (whatever you have) on the ground. Using a measuring tape, measure either 2m (infant classes), 3m (1st to 3rd Class) or 4m (4th to 6th Class) away from the bucket and mark this point on the ground. The aim of this game is to see how many times you can throw a small ball (e.g. tennis ball) into the bucket in a minute. The ball has to stay in to count! Get someone to time the minute and to throw the ball back to you after each attempt.
Event 11: Water Bucket Race
This game requires at least two people to play. Using a measuring tape, measure out a distance of anything from 5-10 meters (you decide the distance!). At one end, have a large basin filled with water (all players will use this basin to get water). At the other end, have at least two buckets (or mugs/cups etc.), depending on the number of people playing! The aim is to use a sponge/cloth (something that soaks up water) to transport water from the basin to the bucket/cup. In the buckets/cups, mark a “fill line” at the same depth for each player. Players must soak their sponge/cloth in the basin at the start line, run to their bucket/cup, and squeeze the water out. Whoever fills their bucket/cup past the “fill line” first wins!
Event 12: Your Own Challenge
Some of us are great footballers, basketball players, runners, hurlers, gymnasts. Create a sporting challenge for yourself. Examples could be how many “keepy uppies” you can do with a ball or sliotar in a minute, how many throws you can make in a minute if you have a basketball net, how many times you can chip a golf ball into a bucket in 5 minutes, how many “skips” you can do with a skipping rope in a minute. Be creative and make your own challenge. See if you can beat your own record or your friend’s/brother’s/sister’s record!