The new year brings with it a chance to reflect on achievements made in 2018 and a chance to dream about what 2019 may hold. Hopefully by now any new year resolutions are still going strong, but if not, you don’t have to wait until the following year to start setting new challenges and goals that you want to achieve.
It is the mission of the School Games to
provide ‘more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their
Personal Best’. This includes competing against oneself and others to improve
personal performances with a focus on the process rather than the outcome (on
the learning and values development of the young person rather than just the
Within the School Games, Personal Challenge is a student driven/self-led opportunity to
attempt to improve your performance and can take place both at school and
beyond the school day. How you go about choosing what challenges you want to
take on should be personal to you, and not just because a friend or someone
else has told you so.
So, think about all those things you want to
achieve in 2019 and beyond. You might want to:
Become stronger by helping others – set yourself some bodyweight strength challenges or do
more chores around the house such as hoovering and gardening.
Improve your fitness and reduce screen time – walk with your family when collecting food and help carry
it back. You might also learn more about eating healthier at the same time.
Prepare well for your upcoming exams – taking regular physical activity breaks between school
work can help you de-stress, refocus your mind and give you the energy to go
again. TIP: Your brain works better when standing so could you do all your
revision standing up?
For some more examples, watch our videos of
young people sharing what their personal challenges are:
View our Personal Challenge videos.
However big your dreams are, the opportunity is
there for you to take achievable steps into making it a reality in the form of
personal challenges that will help you improve. A tip for making your
challenges the best they can be is to make them SMART:
So, the new year brings an exciting opportunity for you to
start making a difference towards improving your performance and being a better
you through setting your own personal challenges. However big or small, share
them with us by using the #SGChallenge and join a movement of people in the
School Games becoming challenging themselves to become better than they were