Home and away


Woodbridge School and Woodbridge Rugby Club have teamed up to launch the ‘Woodbridge Home & Away Challenge’ from 8th February to 7th March 2021. The aim is to prioritise the wellbeing of students and young members, getting them away from their screens and encouraging them to participate in a physical challenge.

How did the Challenge Come About?

Paul Simpson, Commercial Director of Woodbridge Rugby Club, explains his inspiration for the Challenge:

“We have been working closely with our major partners, Woodbridge School, on ways to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students and junior members at this challenging time.

“I was impressed by the achievements of friends on Strava, a fitness tracking app. Despite self-isolating at home, Abi and her son, Arthur wanted to complete a three-mile run and they calculated that 52 laps of their house was bang on three miles and ran it.

“This gave me the idea of a distance-based physical challenge, to encourage all in the household away from screens and mundane tasks to the physical and mental health benefits of regular exercise.

“Hopefully, the ‘Woodbridge Home & Away Challenge’ will provide the necessary stimulus for people to get out and get active, even on dark winter days.”

Paul Simpson

Why is it called the Woodbridge Home & Away Challenge?

The ‘Woodbridge Home & Away Challenge’ is so-called because it invites participants to look ‘away’, whilst still being based at home, and links to ‘home’ and ‘away’ rugby fixtures.

Who Can Take Part?

The ‘Woodbridge Home & Away Challenge’ is open to all students, staff and members, as well as to the wider community as a whole.

What do I need to do?Home & Away banner square

The idea of the Challenge is for you to select a destination in the UK that means something to you or your household – perhaps a favourite holiday destination, or maybe the university town that you hope to go to.

You will need to calculate how far the destination is away from your home in miles and, either individually or as a household, record your activities to total that distance.

You can walk, run, cycle or even dance…whatever you want to do!

For example: If your destination is Lincoln, 152.1 miles away, and you are going to accumulate that distance over several
3.1 mile runs, you will have to run 3.1 miles 49 times between 8 February and 7 March to make up that distance!

Strava exampleJust remember to record your activity on one of the fitness apps, such as Strava, Komoot, Get Outside, Map My Walk / Run / Ride, and at the end of the Challenge, complete the form below, and email over the evidence of your amazing achievements! You can even get creative and make fun shapes on your daily exercise!

We are encouraging as many people as possible to post their images and videos on social media at dedicated hashtag #WoodbridgeHomeandAway.

Each completed challenge will earn a certificate and automatic entry into a prize draw. Prizes will be awarded by a joint School and Club judging panel for the longest distance covered, and the most fun and creative ideas, images, videos and tracking map diagrams.

Woodbridge School and Woodbridge Rugby Club are committed to developing further new health and wellbeing initiatives together, aimed at prioritising mindfulness and enabling young people to flourish, all within a safe, nurturing and mutually-respectful environment.

How do I find out more?

If you have any queries, please contact the following:

Rachael Jackson, Marketing Manager, Woodbridge School – rhjackson@woodbridgeschool.org.uk

Paul Simpson, Commercial Director, Woodbridge Rugby Club – sponsors@woodbridgerugby.net

How do I submit my results?

Please use the form below:

REMEMBER post your photographs and videos using #WoodbridgeHomeandAway.