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Tigers support Hambo's Million Metre Challenge

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Staff at Leicester Tigers are getting behind the One Million Metre Lockdown II Challenge issued by the Matt Hampson Foundation to keep active and promote physical and mental health.

With gyms closed and organised sporting activity restricted during lockdown, the Challenge provides a perfect motivator to stay busy and active. And there’s a chance to raise funds for Matt’s Foundation too.

Foundation personal trainer Sutty issued the One Million Metre Challenge to beneficiaries and friends of the Foundation. And anyone can join in too.

Whatever exercise you do, as long as you can measure the distance covered, you can take the challenge with a target of reaching one million metres by the end of lockdown – while also assisting your own physical and mental health.

If you go for a walk to get some fresh air, take the dog out, run/jog, ride a bike, use a rowing machine or home exerciser, every metre counts towards the target and if much-needed funds for the Foundation can be raised at the same time that’s even better.

Get everyone in your household to join, or a group of workmates isolated at home.

Hambo’s team released a video showing that they have already clocked up around quarter of a million metres and he said: “We really kept each other going during the first lockdown. I think Sutty’s challenge is a great idea to keep us all active and connected, and hopefully we can inspire others to do likewise. We'd love our supporters and their friends and families to join in too.”

The Foundation’s Get Busy Living Centre will remain open for physio and essential rehabilitation for beneficiaries, though all personal training sessions have been stopped. Beneficiaries received home gym kits during the first lockdown so Matt and the team are prepared this time round.

Leicester Tigers chief executive Andrea Pinchen said: “I think it’s a great idea to have a target to aim for if you’re trying to remain active. A team of staff at the club joined the Couch To 10K challenge a couple of years ago and we hope many of them will take on the One Million Metre Challenge too.

“When so many people are working from home, it is important they still manage to take breaks or just have a change of scene at the end of the working day. If they can get out for a walk, a run or on a bike, then they can take us closer to that one million metres too.”

To find out more and to see how you can support the Matt Hampson Foundation, click here.