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Join running legends for Sports Day – and help a great cause

Raccoon Media Group are proud to be supporting Coach Core – the national charity that uses sports and apprenticeships to change young lives – in its inaugural Sports Day on 17 May 2023.

About the Sports Day

This exciting event will recreate all the best parts of the school sports day and will enable organisations to bring together their colleagues for a fun, inclusive afternoon of activity on the pitch at AFC Wimbledon’s ground.

Coach Core apprentices and celebrity coaches – including Jo Pavey, Suzanne Shaw, Jenni Falconer and Tom Bosworth – will ensure teams have the best chance of success as they compete to get their company’s name on the trophy.

Coach Core’s ethos is about levelling the playing field, so the event will be run to ensure every individual can and will contribute to their team’s success, whether they identify as “sporty” or not.

Following an afternoon of action-packed fun events, competitors will be invited to relax over drinks and a bite to eat.

Coach Core CEO Gary Laybourne said
“We’re celebrating 10 years and this inaugural Sports Day marks a step into the next chapter of the Coach Core story. We can’t wait to welcome teams to this amazing venue, introduce them to our wonderful apprentices and have them take part in a truly fun inclusive and engaging event where every colleague and every score counts!  We have a number of famous faces at each activity and our incredible community coaching apprentices will captain each team as we look to fundraise and support those future apprentices that will follow in their footsteps.”

To find out more, and enter a team, please visit www.coachcoresportsday.com


Each team will rotate around 8 stations of activities, comprising the following:

  • Sack Race
  • Tennis Challenge
  • Football Target
  • Frisbee Challenge
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Skipping Rope Challenge
  • Egg and Spoon Race
  • Surprise Activity

There will also be a number of individual challenges to take part in throughout the day.

Celebrity Coaches

Jo Pavey – Jo has been ranked European number one on numerous occasions at various distances between 2004 & 2014 and has also ranked in the world’s top 3 in 2004 & 2007. Jo is the oldest European Champion in history and the only British runner to have competed in five Olympic Games. She set the European Record 2 miles indoors 2004, Commonwealth Record 3000m indoors 2004 & 2007. Jo also holds a number of masters world records including 5000m, 10000m and 10 miles. Jo’s book, This Mum Runs, was shortlisted for the Cross Sports National Book Awards – autobiography of the year.

Tom Bosworth – Two-time Olympic race walker and triple world record holder, Tom Bosworth was also Captain of England Athletics for the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he secured a silver medal. In 2015, Tom became the first openly gay track and field athlete representing TeamGB and has since campaigned for equality and inclusivity for the LGBT community. He is also a champion of mental well-being in sport following his own battle with depression. Tom has appeared on Eurosport and the BBC, and has also featured on ITV’s the Celebrity Chase. In 2022, the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham marked Tom’s last international race appearance and he crossed the line to standing ovation from 27,000 people.

Suzanne Shaw – Singer and actress Suzanne Shaw is the founder of The Happy Health Club. After a 20-year battle with anxiety and depression and an inconsistent relationship to food, alcohol and fitness, Suzanne decided enough was enough and went on a mission to create and lead a sustainable happier, healthier lifestyle. Instead of focusing on how to find happiness aesthetically, Suzanne focused on creating a lifestyle that would improve her mental and physical health, give her lots energy and confidence whilst enjoying the process.

Jenni Falconer – TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer ran her first marathon in 2009 and was clearly bitten by the running bug as she is now training for her 9th marathon. Running is a true passion, which is why she created the “run club of the podcast world”, RunPod, where runners unite and chat about that feel-good effect. Guests vary weekly, from Olympians to actors and fellow presenters (and many more),  all with incredible stories to tell and a passion for all things running related.

Rosie Tapner – After gracing the front cover of Vogue at the age of 16, Rosie worked as a top model for 10 years before turning her attentions to TV presenting in the equestrian sphere, where her real passion lies. Recently she has presented in the UK for some of the biggest names including Sky Sports Racing, Ascot, Goodwood, Cheltenham and Aintree, as well as abroad in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. She also be presented the main stage at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Epsom Racecourse attended by HM The Queen, and the Breeders Cup in Kentucky.