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Join Seb Coe for the Greenhouse Sports #HomeCoach 2.6 Challenge!

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Today we are inviting you, your family and friends to join Britsh Sporting legend Seb Coe and take part in the national 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April to support Greenhouse Sports #HomeCoach!

Greenhouse Sports is still working hard for our young people despite the major disruption to our charity caused by Covid-19.

After the schools closed and our coaches were immediately isolated from the 7000+ youngsters they mentor, they went to work and re-invented themselves, creating an online coaching platform from scratch, called #HomeCoach.

#HomeCoach is an online platform that hosts daily fitness, training and wellbeing videos from our home-bound coaches, for our isolated young people and their families via Instagram and YouTube.

Their efforts to maintain contact and connect with the vulnerable young people we support while we are all separated has filled us with pride and an energy to do everything we can during this hugely difficult time. And you can help them too by joining in the #HomeCoach 2.6 Challenge, along with two British Sporting legends!

We are thrilled that The London 2012 Olympic Games chief  Sebastian Coe and England Netball star Ama Agbeze are supporting Greenhouse Sports by setting their own individual 2.6 Challenges.

All you need to do is dream up an activity of your choice based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to support Greenhouse Sports #HomeCoach via JustGiving. Seb is taking on a 5 day challenge of different exercises all based around the numbers 2 and 6 and you can support his Greenhouse Sports fundraising here

The only requirement is your fundraising activity must follow the government’s guidelines on social distancing.

Seb said: “The pandemic has reduced dramatically the income that our charities large and small would normally rely upon, the shortfall is estimated to be £4 billion. One of those charities is Greenhouse Sports.

“I have become very familiar with their work through the Sebastian Coe Charitable Foundation. Greenhouse Sports is committed to using sport to help young people living with disadvantage to realise their full potential. Their work, like so many charities, has been severely disrupted by the pandemic but they have continued their work to support young people staying at home during this time with a fantastic #HomeCoach campaign.

“It is to maintain this commitment to young people that rely so heavily on Greenhouse’s work that I happily take part in the #TwoPointSixChallenge. Each day I will be posting video footage on my social media pages of my pain and sincerely hope I can persuade you in return to part with a little cash in support of Greenhouse Sports.”

The #HomeCoach 2.6 Challenge – Netball star Ama Agbeze challenges you!

Stuck for ideas? Why not steal champion netballer and Greenhouse ambassador Ama Agbeze’s idea..

 

 

Ama Agbeze, Team England Netball star and Commonwealth Gold Medallist has set a special task for the Greenhouse #HomeCoach 2.6 Challenge, see if you can map a figure 2 and 6 on your activity route!

She says: “If you are going to run, walk or cycle in the coming weeks, try and map out a route where you can complete a figure two and a six. Take a smartphone with you and you can use a Maps app or tracker app like Strava or MapMyRun and it will log your route and save it.

“If you can do both 2 and 6 and get the ‘point’ in between the numbers that’s a gold medal performance! You can try it on your local streets or any open space around you. Take a screenshot of your ‘numbers’, share it on social media and challenge or nominate your friends and family to do it too.”

Use the hashtags #HomeCoach #TwoPointSixChallenge and Greenhouse Sports will celebrate every entry and share your efforts on social media.

That is just one idea and there are plenty more (see below for ideas). People of all ages are taking on the 2.6 Challenge with a host of activities. Most people are taking part from Sunday 26 April, but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you.

There are just five simple steps to take:

  1. Dream up your 2.6 challenge – if you need help there are lots of ideas here. Our coaches and kids have also come up with ideas such as see how fast they can bounce a basketball, or juggle a table tennis ball/tennis ball 26 times, and then challenge their family and friends to do it.
  2. Head to JustGiving here to donate £26 or whatever you can afford or set up a fundraising page
  3. Ask all your friends and family to sponsor you and challenge or nominate them to do their own 2.6 Challenge
  4. Complete your challenge
  5. Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #HomeCoach #TwoPointSixChallenge and #sporthelps

You can find further information, ideas and links to fundraise on our webpage here

We hope you’ll join the nation in the #HomeCoach 2.6 Challenge to support Greenhouse Sports and the young people that need our help.