Exactly how to make your school sports day a total hit with parents

Summer Sports days are a staple of most school calendars – in addition to encouraging students to get active, they can be a great way for you to impress parents and get them involved. Here are a few sure-fire ways to make your school sports day a hit!

Different roles amongst students

Although it’s a sports day, not all kids are sporty types – so why not have those children get involved in other ways? This will look creative to parents and will also make your school seem more inclusive. And kids in those positions will thank you too! Instead of making every child run in an egg and spoon race for the sake of convention/tradition, it may be a great idea to have some of them take on the roles of photographers, reporters or maybe even organisers if you want to give them some kind of responsibility.

These kinds of tasks will of course be popular amongst many students and probably the fairest way to distribute them is probably to either have the kids sign up on a first come first served basis or distribute them based on skills. It’s up to you – you should do whatever works best for your particular school and students!

Try to think of more creative activities

Carrying on with the idea of thinking outside the box, why not think of some more fun and interesting ideas for sporting activities? It’s best to include the classics of course, but alongside those you could also do something like:

  • A fill-it water race – To set up this madcap relay race, all you need to do is create an obstacle course and get the kids to pass on water, to fill a bucket at the end of the race. Whichever team fills up their bucket first will be declared the winner! Although you’ll most likely be hosting sports day on the school field anyway, it’s safer to do this race on grass to reduce slippage (although it may get a bit muddy). This goes for any activities but be sure to do a risk assessment and check that you have a safe environment to complete any races.
  • Pass the balloon – Still on the subject of passing something along relay-style, for this challenge all you need are some balloons and a line of kids! The idea is to pass the balloon to the front only using their knees, without the balloon popping. If you’re going to do this one, it’s also a good idea to warn anyone who could be triggered by the sound of balloons popping, so they know not to get involved in this one and to possibly stay away from the area whilst its happening. You should also have some spare balloons on hand in case any go astray, or you want to have another round.
  • The Hoop Pass – For this one, you’ll start by arranging two teams of kids into a circle holding hands, with a hoop held by two hands in each. Then, they have to figure out how to get the hoop around the circle without breaking the chain!
  • Bowling with bean bags – This is probably a more conventional idea, but it’s a fun one too, so we’re still putting it under our “creative list”. Set up some bowling pins and give each child a chance to knock them over with, (you guessed it) bean bags! If you want to make it a bit more fun, why not set up something fun to act as your bowling pins?

As previously stated, the most important thing is make sure any idea you come up with yourself is safe as well as being fun enough to engage both students and parents.

Involve the parents in some of the activities (and maybe even the organisation)

You can’t go wrong with a classic parent’s race or two! But going even further than that, you could even get the parents involved in organisation or chaperoning if you really want to make them feel a part of it.

You could even ask parents for guidance on what activities you could do. Or you could even have a special lesson where you ask the students for their ideas (although maybe you shouldn’t implement every idea they come up with – as you’ll definitely already know, you’ll probably get some daft ideas coming your way in addition to sensible ones). If you do this, both the children and the parents will be more engaged if it’s their ideas being implemented.

And speaking of more than just students being involved, a teacher’s race is always a fun classic too!

Be clear about what’s happening/be organised

This is a more serious point, but it is an important one. Linking in with our previous point of getting parents involved, making sure you’re organised and that you clearly communicate with parents throughout the process of organising sports day or any other event, is the most important thing you can do when it comes to impressing parents and running the school overall.

This applies to any event, but the two best ways to communicate with parents are through letters and via email. If you go for the latter option, it may be easier to give out regular updates (although it’s obviously not a good idea to spam them with information – be careful with the number of updates you send out!)

Another great way to show how organised you are is to have clear signage (which is something any organisation should have already, whether we’re talking about school signs or university signs). Make sure everyone knows exactly where to go and what to do. This really goes beyond simply impressing parents, as without these organisational methods your whole event will descend into chaos!

Overall, there are many, many ways you can make your school sports day a hit with parents. These include more creative race ideas, a more diverse range of roles given to students, getting parents more involved and most important of all, a high level of organisation!