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Students and staff from Stamford College take part in the Lunar Challenge which covers the distance from the Earth to the Moon

Students and staff from Stamford College have joined a nationwide challenge to walk, run or cycle 238,855 miles which is the distance from Earth to the Moon.

The Lunar Challenge is an inclusive run, walk and cycling challenge using the free Strava app.

Colleges have been challenged to collectively reach 238,855 miles by running, walking or cycling by the end of February.

Tyler Buckley from Bourne, a level three year two football development student, back from a run.
Tyler Buckley from Bourne, a level three year two football development student, back from a run.

There is a national leaderboard showing how many miles each college has contributed to the national total, so those that would like a competitive element can see how they are getting on against each other.

Alongside the college challenge, students from the sports department have been using the lockdown as a chance to improve their own personal fitness.

Students from sports coaching, sports science and football development have been working hard by completing a number of ‘one mile run or walk’ activities, which not only boosts their personal fitness but also improve mental health and concentration for their online lessons during the national lockdown.

Justin Osborne, sports lecturer at Stamford College, said: “This lockdown we have seen a rise in our students feeling demotivated due to the pandemic and, as such, were looking for strategies to improve their motivation and levels of fitness.

“The Association of Colleges ‘Lunar Challenge’ is a great way to do this and adds to the online world of teaching – meaning our learners have reason to get out (under the current guidelines for exercise) and maintain their fitness levels.

“We have also been able to use this as a basis for our online lessons, discussing components of fitness, exercise adherence factors and strategies to maintain fitness - keeping online lessons interesting and motivating.”

Stamford College run a number of sports courses including a new personal trainer full-time diploma for September. For more information go to www.stamford.ac.uk and type ’sport’ into the search.

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