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Huddersfield New College has revealed that following the success of the Huddersfield to Huddersfield (Jamaica) challenge that the College community is being invited to step up and achieve an even bigger goal with the Halifax to Halifax (Australia) challenge.

During lockdown three the College community ran, walked, cycled and wheeled over  4000 miles – which is the distance from Huddersfield UK to Huddersfield in Jamaica. Staff, students and Governors went out in all weathers to log their steps and invest in their mental and physical health. Following a number of requests for a bigger and better whole College enrichment, today HNC has launched the Halifax to Halifax (Australia) challenge.

To achieve this, HNC will have to complete a daunting 9493 miles between now and early July. Once again everyone will be invited to run, wheel, walk or run as many steps and miles as possible to achieve this.

Although face to face teaching has resumed at HNC this week and it has been a busy few days for students settling back in to College life, restrictions are of course still in place. HNC is continuing to highlight a wide range of internal and external activities as part of the eEnrichment offer which provides students with access to a wide range of Covid-19 secure opportunities.

In addition to the Halifax to Halifax (Australia) challenge students can also check out a range of new options including:

  • An Evening with Hannah Cockcroft – Paralympian talk
  • Access to theatre productions
  • Talks at National Science and Media Museum – Bradford
  • Queer Short Story Writing Competition
  • Opportunity to complete a special Mental Health online qualification

All of these have been added to the Moodle site, along with details of our new Strava challenge. Students who registered for our previous challenge do not need to re-register as they will already be part of our official group.

Kam Rogerson, Assistant Principal comments: “We thought that we were being ambitious with our first challenge – but our College community absolutely smashed it, achieving almost 400 miles over target!  Our students and staff have reported that the challenge helped them to focus during lockdown. We have had numerous requests for a bigger challenge and we are pleased to say we’ve responded to this feedback. With the nicer weather approaching, we hope our community will be able to contribute even more steps and achieve this ambitious goal. Our return to face to face teaching is an important small step towards normality. However, restrictions are of course still in place. Our eEnrichment programme will continue to offer students a variety of fun – and Covid-19 secure – opportunities to get active, inspired, competitive, creative, helping and qualified as we work towards the Government's lockdown roadmap and a return to full normality. We look forward to working together on our ambitious new challenge, and would encourage students to continue to visit our enrichment section on Moodle to see what is on offer to them!”

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