PUPILS at a Romsey school have been working up a sweat in the Hampshire School Games challenges amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Hampshire School Games Mark May kicked off this month, where children from Romsey Abbey C of E Primary School, Church Lane, took part in sport challenges.

The challenges are designed to help the school hit their sports and competition targets, which has seen key worker children and pupils at home getting involved.

The teacher responsible for PE, Jo Hobbs, said: "The participation of so many of our children meant that Romsey Abbey came 2nd in the Level 2 Test Valley football, netball and basketball small school competitions.

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"At a time when activity levels are more important than ever, not just for physical health but mental well-being too, we are thrilled to have been given these awards.

"This is a fantastic achievement for our pupils in challenging times."

Test Valley School Games Organiser, Holly Shirley, said: "I am so pleased by the engagement with our #HSGDailyChallenge and I am overwhelmed by the fantastic feedback we have received.

"The Test Valley area have had the highest number of primary school participants in Hampshire over the last three weeks and I am delighted to know that we, the School Games Organisers and the PE leads, have inspired whole families to take part and stay active.

"A huge thank you to the Romsey cluster primary schools, as they achieved 63 percent of the Test Valley numbers last week, and 20 percent of the overall Hampshire numbers.

"A fantastic achievement, and it shows how lucky our young people are to have such proactive schools."

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When the school have also been working on their team building skills during lockdown.

A school spokesperson said: “The children have really enjoyed exploring together in the woodland at the perimeter of the school ground, working in the tree house and becoming expert on the fairly recently installed climbing frame.

"The children have also enjoyed watching the two ducks which seem to have become resident in the school playground – the children love them.

"We have also been practicing our tennis skills, bouncing and hitting the ball to see how many times we can whilst moving.

"For those children involved in home learning their teachers are continuing to be in touch with all the pupils in their class every week and setting work daily at the start of each school day.”

The Hampshire Games activities took place each day during May.