Get Set For Sport Relief

Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson explains to Primary Times readers why she'll be supporting Sport Relief on Friday 21 March and offers some ideas on how you can make it a fun-filled fundraising success.

I was nine years old when the first Sport Relief took place in 2002 so I guess, in a way, I've grown up with it. I've got happy memories of taking part in fundraising at school – everything from the Sport Relief Mile to nonschool uniform days and cake sales. I had a natural affinity with the event as a 'sporty kid', but actually what I remember most is simply having fun with my friends and feeling good about raising money for people less fortunate than myself.

This is why I'm so keen to encourage schools to support Sport Relief – it's a wonderfully inclusive way to get children active and make them feel they can make a difference. The money raised is used by Comic Relief to help change lives forever by giving disadvantaged families, both in the UK and across the world's poorest countries, a helping hand to turn their lives around. So with Sport Relief 2014 only weeks away, there's no time to lose! Here are some ideas to get you and your pupils off to a flying start.

On You Marks...

Friday 21 March is the official Sport Relief day – get the date on the school calendar now!

Get Set...

Start preparing for the big day by visiting the Sport Relief website for primary schools at primary and order a free Primary School Fundraising Resource Pack that contains a range of activity ideas, fundraising tips, balloons, stickers and posters. This year's learning focus is working children – the lives of the 215 million children worldwide, some as young as five, who have to work to survive. Money provided by Sport Relief will be used to help these child workers get an education, giving them the hope of building a better life for themselves and their family. Take time to explore the other resources on offer on the website, including assemblies, lesson plans, photo sheets, case studies from other schools and fundraising tools such as a sponsorship form, letter to parents, press release and event poster.

Get Kitted Out...

This year sees the launch of Sport Relief Wristbands for schools, which are available to order from the Sport Relief website. At £1 a piece, these are a great new way for children to show their support for the cause. Schools can take advantage of an exclusive 'pay a bit now and the rest later' offer and get boxes of the wristbands to sell in school. Each box contains 60 wristbands and can be ordered with a deposit of just £18. You can then send in the remaining £42 (plus any extra donations) after Sport Relief. To place your order, visit


The following are all great ways to raise money on Sport Relief day.

  • Why not think about extending the fun? Last Sport Relief day a growing number of schools ran a range of fundraising activities throughout the week, culminating on the Friday in a big celebratory event. As well as raising more money, this can be a great way to give the children opportunities to organise activities and to get parents, friends and the community involved.
  • Get sponsorship – ask families and friends to sponsor the children to take part in your own school Sport Relief Mile or in a sponsored skip, dance, swim, cycle, space-hop, hulahoop… Think of activities that will appeal to as many of your pupils as possible. Remember that the aim is to get as many children involved, having fun and raising money as possible.
  • Sell things – be inspired by the stars of the Great Sport Relief Bake Off and organise a cake sale in your school. Or if you have some budding dancers, you could stage a show and ask parents to pay to watch.

Together, let's make Sport Relief 2014 bigger and better than ever before! Thank you for your support.


At the age of just 19, Katarina Johnson-Thompson competed in the heptathlon for Great Britain at the London Olympics, finishing in 15th place. She went on to finish 5th in the World Championships in 2013 and is the European U23 Champion.More Teacher News....