Footballers cover 10 million steps to keep motivated during lockdown and raise cancer cash

A junior football club from Sheffield set themselves an ambitious goal of covering 10 Million Steps in March, while raising money for Cancer Research UK.

By Steve Jones
Sunday, 18th April 2021, 1:18 pm

Abbey Lane Under 16 players, coaches and parents took part in the challenge to keep up their fitness and help a good cause - meaning each of the 28 participants had to average 11,521 steps every day either by running or walking.

The teams were unable to attend their usual training sessions during the Covid-19 lockdown, so decided to challenge each other to keep fit so they were raring to go when training started up again.

Mum Philippa Thompson, from Hutcliffe Wood, said: "The lads have been an inspiration taking part in a range of fitness challenges during lockdown and working hard for their GCSEs.

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Abbey Lane Under-16s.

"In preparation for the football season restarting in early April and to keep them fit, the final challenge was to cover 10 Million Steps - the coaches also agreed to take part."

The boys, coaches and parents went out and about in all weathers to achieve their 10 million step goal - they braved winds, rain and sleet - and on the last two days of the challenge enjoyed some sunshine.

It was all worth it, however, as they raised £1,445 and counting – almost triple their original target of £500.

The club is now back training together after grassroots outdoor sports were allowed to return in England as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions on March 29.

There is still time to donate to their fundraiser.

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