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Last school sports scheme tokens issued - but still time to make sure all are handed in

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:16 25 April 2018

Sporty pupils at Mile Cross Primary with deputy head, Toby Whalen, ready for the challenge of the Eastern Daily Press Sports for Schools campaign, with a chance to win sports equipment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sporty pupils at Mile Cross Primary with deputy head, Toby Whalen, ready for the challenge of the Eastern Daily Press Sports for Schools campaign, with a chance to win sports equipment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The final tokens have been issued - but there’s still time to make sure every last one is handed in to your school.

Sports for Schools logo.Sports for Schools logo.

Our last 10 Sports for Schools tokens were printed in the Norwich Evening News on Tuesday and in the EDP on Wednesday, after more than three months of collecting by parents, communities and school staff.

But there’s just under four weeks to make sure all your tokens are handed into your school, before the deadline of Friday, May 25, when total 
token numbers must be submitted.

After that, we will choose the top five schools with the most tokens as a ratio of pupils to win a share of the £20,000 cash pot.

All schools which collected more than 1,000 tokens will be sent a sports pack worth £60.

David Powles, editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the support our Sports for Schools campaign has had since it launched earlier this year.

“It’s been great to see so many schools collecting tokens, parents getting on board and even community centres and shops holding their own collections.

“But we know there are plenty of tokens still sat at homes, tucked away in bags and left in pockets. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste - let’s make sure every last token is handed into schools before the deadline.”

By the start of March, more than 180 primary schools around Norfolk and Suffolk had signed up to the scheme.

With budgets stretched for schools, it can be difficult for heads to spend as much as they would like on replacement kit, or brand new sports equipment.

Even getting pupils to and from sports matches can be costly with a squeezed budget.

Previous winners in a similar competition run by our sister newspaper the East Anglian Daily Times have praised the “dramatic impact” the new equipment has had on sports provision.

They said they were able to buy skipping ropes, balls, hoops, skittles, pop-up tennis nets and rackets.

We’ll be revealing the winners in this newspaper when they are chosen.

Do you have a story about something happening at your school we should be writing about? Let us know by emailing lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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