Cheshire College Launches Virtual Mission To The Moon

The largest provider of post-16 education in the region, Cheshire College – South & West is on a mission to virtually reach the moon during lockdown by running, walking and cycling. The College has joined forces with AoC (Association of Colleges) Sport in their latest Lunar Challenge to collectively travel 238,855 miles with other member colleges.

As learners and staff continue to work remotely, their wellbeing remains Cheshire College’s top priority and the Lunar Challenge has been introduced to support their physical and mental wellbeing throughout this time.

Cheshire College have set up their very own virtual cycling and running/walking clubs through Strava so learners and staff are able to track their miles and contribute to the College’s overall total. This is then monitored by AOC Sport who add the milage of all College’s together whilst also placing them in a national leaderboard.   

Gareth Edwards, Assistant Director of Sport at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “I’m really excited for the College to participate in yet another AoC Sport Challenge which have been fantastic in keeping learners and staff active. The nature of the challenge means we’re all able to virtually come together as a team to achieve the highest total we can collaboratively, whilst also providing a source for some healthy competition too.

“At Cheshire College – South & West we actively encourage a cross-college culture, promoting health, wellbeing and fitness and I’m really pleased to see so many learners and staff getting involved and clocking up their miles.”

Year 2 Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport learner Ellis Hickey has signed up to the Lunar Challenge and commented: “I think the challenge is a great idea – it gives us the opportunity to get outside and take part in physical activity in lockdown which benefits our physical and mental health. Whilst we are unable to take part in group sport or competitions, it also allows us to compete against our class members and tutors on a regular basis.”

With Sport courses being one of the College’s most practical programmes, tutors and lecturers have successfully adapted lesson plans to meet the needs of learners whilst remote teaching takes place. Incorporating the Lunar Challenge as part of Level 3 learners’ Practical Individual Sport module, tutors have created 5k running plans to provide a structured approach to learners’ training. 

The Lunar Challenge will end on Sunday 28 February when Colleges across the country will wait with bated breath to discover whether they managed to successfully reach for the moon. The AOC’s national leaderboard is updated weekly and can be found here.

The Lunar Challenge is just one-way Cheshire College – South & West are keeping learners and staff together virtually during the country’s third lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic. In the College’s latest social media video campaign, ‘The Lowdown This Lockdown’, they have been interviewing current learners and colleagues to discover more about their journey at the College, how they’ve been getting on during lockdown and finding out their top tips when it comes to navigating remote learning and working to help others. You can watch the series so far here.  

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