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Believe in yourself challenge at Gorseinon Primary School

Believe in yourself challenge at Gorseinon Primary School

Date: 6 July 2021 | By: paul

Throughout the month of June, we encouraged the pupils of Gorseinon Primary School to run or walk a mile every day, with their class teachers monitoring their progress.

For this challenge, it wasn’t important how fast the pupils could run or walk – it wasn’t a race, it was a matter of rising to the challenge and having some fun at the same time.

We wanted each pupil to focus on their own progress, and see how their strength, fitness and enjoyment of the challenge developed as the month progressed. The motto we used was ‘Believe in Yourself’, instilling in them that if they gave themselves a target, and believed in themselves, they could accomplish their goal.

Here at the Paul Popham Fund, we are so proud of all the pupils and staff that took part. At the end of the challenge, the pupils celebrated their achievements with a non-uniform day to mark the occasion, and every participating child received a ‘Believe in Yourself’ certificate, which detailed their improvement throughout the month.

The parent of each participating child was asked to donate £1 to our charity, to go towards the vital funds we are raising for the refurbishment of the Children’s Kidney Centre, based in The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff. As a result, we have been able to add just over £100 to the fund.

The Children’s Kidney Centre provides vital outpatient services for children suffering from renal failure, supporting dialysis treatment, covering patients throughout South Wales. It is also the base for the ambulatory service for children requiring renal replacement therapy, including pre and post-transplant care. Our aim, here at the Paul Popham Fund, is to raise the £132,033 needed for the refurbishment by March 2022, and every pound donated helps.

Angharad Woozley, Class Teacher at Gorseinon Primary, said

“We have loved taking part in the Believe in Yourself challenge, it has inspired the children to become more active and to incorporate movement into their daily lives! Every class plans to continue doing the daily mile. All pupils were especially motivated to better their own performance and increase their Fitness levels over the month. Every child succeeded in increasing their endurance levels. We look forward to working with PPRC again in the future.”

Anna Powell, Children and Youth Community Engagement Officer, said:

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Gorseinon Primary and what a way to end our Believe in Yourself Campaign. The pupils and staff embraced the daily mile walk /run challenge and there were noticeable improvements in pupils’ fitness and confidence. The sports day was an ideal opportunity to try out a variety of activities from the Javelin to the Inflatable penalty shoot-out and the pupils also learnt the importance of teamwork. I look forward to working with the school in the future.”

If you would like further information, or your school would like to take part, please email