NFL opens competition to 20 North London schools
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The NFL’s popular ‘Play60’ programme is coming to London. NFL International Series PLAY 60 Challenge is offering twenty North London schools the chance to win a cash prize of $10,000 that will go towards their PE department, for spending on equipment and promoting health and wellbeing. On top of the prize money the winning school will also have Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers players visit to take PE classes. ‘Play 60’ is a programme launched by the NFL in 2007 to help battle childhood obesity by promoting the golden rule of staying healthy; get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. Since 2007 the NFL has donated over $250 million and helped build over 120 ‘NFL Youth Fitness Zones’ where children get the opportunity to play sports and stay active. To win each school must have the highest PE participation levels while also reaching the 60 minutes a day rule. However, set on promoting health and not winning, the NFL will donate PE equipment to make sure all participating schools will have sufficient kit so the pupils can achieve their 60 minutes a day. Managing Director of NFL UK, Alistair Kirkwood, said: “NFL Play 60 has become a cornerstone of the league’s activity in the United States. We are very excited to be bringing it into the UK as part of the league’s commitment to promoting health and fitness among young people. “It is a fantastic way for children to stay active and to learn a little about our sport along the way. Visits to schools from our players are always terrific events and the winning schools will have some memories to cherish.” Don’t forget that the NFL is also hosting two regular season games in Wembley this coming September and November. The game on September 29th sees the Minnesota Vikings take on the Pittsburgh Steelers and on the 27th October the San Francisco 49ers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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