20 schools in the South East are being given the chance to ‘tri’ triathlon in a unique cross curriculum day of sport and history. Each school will each bring 30 Key Stage 2 children to Hever Castle for a half-day of triathlon training and half day cultural learning about the historic venue and setting. All of the activity is curriculum linked, helping schools achieve their statutory requirements whilst keeping the children healthy and inspired through triathlon.
The initiative is taking place on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th September and is organised by the Castle Triathlon Series. Elite triathletes (GB representatives) will also join the training as they help continue the Olympic and Paralympic legacy.
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Parents have jumped at the chance for their children to be included: “Traditional PE needs to be spiced up, this is a great way to get the children more excited,” explains mum, Patricia Reilly, Penshurst School.
Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is a wonderful setting for this initiative; not only does it offer a clear lake for the swim and a stunning course, all set within the castle grounds but it is steeped in history encouraging enriched learning.
A national school roadshow is planned in 2017 with more details to follow.
The Castle Triathlon Series prides itself on offering access to the sport for all and a platform for families to compete together.The NSPCC is the official charity partner and they offer fundraising packs for those taking part who want raise money for the charity.