Huddersfield New College is celebrating ‘reaching’ Huddersfield, Jamaica in the recent Huddersfield to Huddersfield (Jamaica) challenge – with miles to spare!

During lockdown 3, the College set a special virtual challenge which invited students of all abilities to walk, wheel, run or cycle to help HNC to travel a collective 4000 miles. This is the distance from Huddersfield, UK to our namesake Huddersfield in Jamaica.

Since the challenge started on 6th January and ended on the last day of term an amazing 4346 miles have been logged on the HNC Strava account. The aim of the challenge was to not only to be able to do something as a College community, but encourage students to get out in the fresh air, which is of course crucial for both physical and mental well-being. Students and staff took part at all levels, from logging brisk lunchtime walks to some who undertook 60 mile bike rides.

The challenge featured a range of competitions including an invitation to submit photos from routes, and a prize draw for everyone who logged any activity. Winners of these prizes will be contacted over the coming week.

During the College’s remote learning phase HNC has run a virtual enrichment offer to help students to stay busy and active, and to help them to use this time in lockdown to invest in their future, or simply to have some fun! This guide can be accessed here.  All students are encouraged to also get involved in the ‘Reflections on Lockdown’ competition. Further information can be found about this here.

Kam Rogerson, Assistant Principal: “We decided to be ambitions when hosting our Huddersfield to Huddersfield challenge – and our students and staff genuinely rose to the challenge, getting out in all weathers including the recent snow! Although this has been a fantastic Covid-19 secure activity for our College community, our main aim has to encourage everyone to benefit from physical activity to care for both their bodies and their mental health in lockdown. It has been fantastic to see so many different levels of involvement from logs which show that some have just benefitted from a quick walk around the block, to those who have challenged themselves to 12 mile weekend hikes in the local area. There are of course still plenty of activities to get active, inspired, helping, creative, career ready or competitive as we have many Covid-19 secure enrichment activities available. Students are encouraged to visit Moodle to find out more about the opportunities on offer, especially our latest whole College Reflections on Lockdown competition. This is a real opportunity for everyone to express themselves through a medium of choice and get creative!”


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