Sheffield gearing up for Sport Relief games this weekend

Big-hearted fundraisers in Sheffield are gearing up to raise buckets of cash for Sport Relief this weekend.

Friday, 18th March 2016, 5:00 am

Hundreds of people will take part in fun activities, from running and swimming to playing snooker, this Sunday as the city centre hosts one of the UK’s six Sainsbury’s flagship games for the charity.

Former world snooker referee Chris Lovell is visiting Acres Hill Primary School, in Darnall, today as students at the school grab their snooker cues to take part in a charity 60-second snooker challenge in which they will pot as many balls as possible in a minute.

Students are also swapping their uniforms for sports clothes and trainers and will run or walk for a sponsored mile.

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Mikala Reynolds, head of PE, said: “It will help the children stay fit while raising awareness – they all know where the money is going.”

Meanwhile, World Champion boxer Kell Brook has given his top five training tips for those taking part in Sheffield’s inaugural Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Flagship Games.

The tips are knowing your limits, creating variety, eating well, planning for recovery time and setting smart goals.

Fun activities will also be held in the city centre on Sunday.

Jess Kirke, Comic Relief senior events manager, said: “I know people are coming from across Yorkshire to support the Sheffield games and I’m looking forward to seeing people taking part in the swimming, cycling and running events.

“The money raised will make a significant difference to poor and vulnerable people both in Yorkshire, around the UK and even across the world.”

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