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Ignite Sport UK paid its own tribute to the late Captain Sir Tom Moore this week after the former British Army officer who raised more than £32 million in aid of NHS Charities Together throughout the COVID-19 pandemic sadly passed away.
Captain Sir Tom Moore won the nation’s hearts last summer after he decided to raise £1,000 for the NHS before his 100th birthday on April 30, 2020, by walking 100 laps of his garden.
He became a national sensation and attracted more than 1.5 million individual donations with more than £30 million raised on the morning of his birthday. In the process, he broke two Guinness World Records by raising the greatest amount of money in an individual charity walk and he became the oldest person to have a number-one single in the UK charts.
Following his death on Tuesday, February 2, the public joined together to honour Captain Sir Tom Moore by completing a minute’s applause on doorsteps across the country.
As part of Ignite Sport UK’s commitment to keeping everyone engaged and active during the nation’s third lockdown to contain the virus, a special session in tribute of Sir Captain Tom Moore was published online on Thursday, February 4, evening.
Led by coach Andy Francis, the session saw viewers complete 100 reps, metres or seconds of 10 individual activities to improve fitness, speed, coordination and balance.
Hannah Bladen, General Manager of Ignite Sport UK, said: “Captain Sir Tom Moore was an inspiration across generations throughout the pandemic, everyone at Ignite Sport UK was deeply saddened to learn of his passing earlier this week.
“In tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, our team came up with the ‘100 Challenge’ – a multi-sport physical education session that can be completed at home by young people and their families to help them stay active during lockdown.
“The session is available on our website where dozens more online lessons led by our team of coaches and tutors can be accessed at no charge. We’d like to send our deepest condolences to Sir Captain Tom Moore’s family and those that knew him during this difficult time.”
The session in tribute to Sir Captain Tom Moore formed part of Ignite Sport UK’s online Virtual PE hub where each week the team uploads physical education lessons for young people to complete at home during lockdown.
Ignite Sport UK’s Virtual PE hub is free to access and is helping support the provision of sport while people are told to stay at home.
Hannah added: “While we continue to deliver COVID-19 secure sessions in a number of schools where children of key workers are still in attendance, it is important we offer activities to those that are currently learning from home.
“Our free online PE lessons and live skills sessions on Saturday mornings are proving popular with children of all ages and their parents and we are delighted schools we are not currently attending are using these sessions as a way of keeping their pupils active during lockdown.”