Be part of Norfolk’s Running Rainbow

Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2020 09:51

Be part of Norfolk’s Running Rainbow

The Norfolk Virtual School Games comes to a colourful close with a virtual rainbow run on Friday 19th June.

It will be the largest, most inclusive colour run organised by Norfolk's School Sports Partnerships and Active Norfolk to date, and all young people from Norfolk's schools can take part wherever they are. All they need to do is put on brightly coloured clothing and go for a run.

Whether they run fast or slow, for a short or long distance, indoors or outdoors, or even running on the spot – it all contributes to the rainbow run.

To take part, children, young people and their families are asked to tag and comment on the Norfolk School Games accounts on Facebook, Twitter, or Insta, with the Rainbow emoji and take a picture or video of themselves running in their colours.

School Games staff will be keeping a live tally throughout the day to clock in the number of participants. Participants can then email their videos and photos to the School Games teams after the day (, and they will be compiled into a finale video showcasing Norfolk's largest school rainbow run.

The Norfolk School Games are part of the national School Games initiative, which aims to inspire more young people to take part in school sport, and to improve children's experiences and ideas around sport and physical activity.

In response to many children not being at school due to COVID-19, the School Sports Partnerships and Active Norfolk teamed up to make sure that kids could still enjoy the spirit of the School Games safely from their homes by releasing a series of weekly virtual challenges on social media. These challenges included tennis, angling, netball, and cricket amongst others, and helped young people to try a new skill and focus on their personal improvement.

Over 800 entries have been submitted for the virtual challenges, and as the Virtual Games comes to a close during the finals week from 15th – 19th June, all the entries will be shared and celebrated on the School Games website and social media channels, with special recognition going to the schools with the most entries for each challenge.

Jo Thompson, School Games Project Officer from Active Norfolk said, "We are so pleased with how young people and their families have taken up the virtual challenges and have loved seeing all the smiles as young people practice different skills. The aim of the School Games is to encourage participation and enjoyment in sport and physical activity, and the Virtual Challenges have given us a great platform to continue to encourage and motivate young people to be active despite school currently being different for them. The Rainbow Run on the 19th will be a fantastic and fun way to round off the Virtual School Games and we hope to see lots of rainbows and smiles from our runners!"

Watch the latest video release about the Rainbow Run.

For more information on the Rainbow Run and to see the series of weekly Virtual Challenges, visit

Tags: Norfolk School Games