University Academy Holbeach sports students are a 1500-1 charity bet

The superhuman sports students from University Academy Holbeach who played 24 sports in 24 hours for four charities.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
The superhuman sports students from University Academy Holbeach who played 24 sports in 24 hours for four charities. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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University Academy Holbeach sixth form students have given new meaning to the phrase “been there, done that, got the T-shirt” after a 24-hour sportsathon for charity.

Eleven teenagers, all from the school’s BTEC (Business and Technician Education Council) Level 3 sport course, put themselves through a round-the-clock diet of sports for four charities.

The group has so far raised about £1,500 for Cancer Research UK, Special Kids in the UK, Muscular Dystrophy UK and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Jordan Keeble, one of the students, said: “We’re all fairly competitive and so we wanted to do something that was good, so someone came up with the idea of doing 24 sports in 24 hours.

“It’s also one of our course assignments to organise a sporting event and the idea came after we’d thought of lots of different tasks.

“All of us were given different jobs and some of the sports we played were netball, volleyball, tennis, curling and boccia (similar to bowls).

Sports students about to start their round-the-clock sportsathon at University Academy Holbeach.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Sports students about to start their round-the-clock sportsathon at University Academy Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“Our sport teachers took turns and stayed throughout the whole thing to work in shifts during the 24 hours.

“Four of us, myself, Luke Nicholson, Jake Sayer and Emily Williams, did the whole 24 hours, while the rest had a chance to catch a nap because there were always two people doing a sport at any one time.

“The last hour went by the quickest and one of the teachers blew a whistle to signal there were ten seconds left.

“When it was done, we all felt pretty good about what we’d achieved and the fact we’d done it for charity.”

It’s also one of our course assignments to organise a sporting event and the idea came after we’d thought of lots of different tasks

Jordan Keeble, University Academy Holbeach BTEC Level 3 Sport student

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UAH BTEC Level 3 Sport students come to the end of their 24 sports in 24 hours challenge with some aerobics in one of the lecture rooms.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

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