The first round of the "step kickt!" project at VfL Bochum 1848 ended in success. For the first time, VfL was one of ten clubs in the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga to take part in the step kickt! project. The aim of the programme is to encourage physical activity for third and fourth grade pupils. The children are actively motivated to exercise and to move more. They were supported at VfL by their project mentor, Herbert Bockhorn, who guided the children through the project with several video messages. The project is part of the BOCHUM HEALTH thematic focus.
Over a period of ten weeks, a total of 1,600 children and 72 school classes nationwide collected as many steps as possible. In total, 635,112,813 steps were walked. That is 285,801km, meaning that the earth could have been circled 7.13 times! The partner school in Bochum was Frauenlob Primary School, which integrated the project into its classroom and distance learning lessons. Three Bochum classes of the third grade and three classes of the fourth grade took part in the project and collected a total of a remarkable 53,226,637 steps, which corresponds to 23,952km. During the entire course of the project, the respective pandemic regulations were consistently taken into account. Therefore, some of the project had to be completed safely at home.
step kickt! is an interactive step competition from the DFL Foundation and the Cleven Foundation in cooperation with professional clubs of the Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga and 3. Liga. For the introduction of the project, the children receive free fitness bracelets. These measure the steps taken, which can be viewed at any time on the step kickt! website. On the website, all steps are also summarised on a virtual "class step account". All participating classes of the nationwide step kickt! project compete against each other in a step championship.