THERE was plenty to cheer about for Coventry Dynamite which raised the most during the city’s Sports Challenge.
The cheerleading troop generated £11,510.30 during the charity drive run by Free Radio’s Cash For Kids and Coventry City Council.
Second was Central Galaxy Coventry Trampoline Club which collected £7,477.10 and third was the City of Coventry Trampoline Club (£6,371.25).
Fourth place went to The Eamonn Fallon Goalkeeper Charity (£6,240.32), fifth was Coventrians RFC (£5,645.94), Tribe Cheer, Dance and Fitness finished sixth after raising £1,839.60 and the Coventry Boys and Girls Club were seventh (£1,655).
The finalists had six weeks to raise as much as they could for their club or group in the most fun and creative ways possible.
Their progress was kept secret and they only found out how they had done after the challenge was over.
First place was awarded an extra £3,000, with £2,000 for second and £1,000 for third.
Coventry Dynamite, with first place, an extra £250 for the best use of social media throughout the challenge and £250 for the most creative fund-raising idea for its ‘Fail Videos Instagram Competition’, finished with £15,010.30.
Overall, all seven finalists raised £47,239.51 for their clubs and the cash collected will help them increase the amount of sporting activities available to Coventry children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Coun Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member Public Health and Sport, said: “It was great to work with Cash for Kids and Free Radio again on this challenge as a legacy to our City of Sport 2019 Challenge with the charity.
“This year’s clubs did brilliantly; they raised £15,000 more than 2019 and the fundraising ideas were great. A huge congratulations to each of the clubs. Now this money will go towards helping Coventry’s communities and getting the children that don’t have access to sport and physical activity, active.
“Once again, congratulations to all of the clubs and I look forward to seeing how the money is used in the city.”
John Dalziel, presenter of Hits at Breakfast on Free Radio added: “It’s amazing to see how our Sports Challenge finalists were able to raise such huge amounts to help kids get active in our city.
“It wasn’t easy for them this year, they had to stick within changing COVID-19 restrictions and find new ways to fund-raise.
“I’m so impressed with all the ideas they came up with.
“We love the Sports Challenge and can’t wait to see how each of the finalists will use the funds they’ve raised to make a difference to local young lives.”
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