Do 1000 squats in October
and help Scotland’s animals
What is the Scottish SPCA Squat Challenge?
Ready for your next challenge?
Sign up to the Scottish SPCA Squat Challenge, and do 1000 squats this October to raise funds for the animals in our care.
Get a FREE t-shirt when you sign up. Ready, set, squat!
How do I sign up?
Sign up now by joining our Facebook group and claim your FREE Scottish SPCA t-shirt!
Is it free to sign up?
Yes, it’s free to sign up. Everyone who does sign up is encouraged to raise vital funds for the Scottish SPCA through a Facebook fundraising page.
Head to the Facebook group to find out how: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3349479135332660
How do I order a free t-shirt?
Head to our Facebook group to register for your free t-shirt:
Due to demand, we can only offer one t-shirt per registered participant. Our fundraising team will be busy sending out the t-shirts as quickly as possible, please allow 21 days after registering to receive yours.
My t-shirt hasn't arrived, what should I do?
Our fundraising team are working hard to send your t-shirts as quickly as possible.
Please allow 21 days for your t-shirt to arrive. If you have not received yours within 21 days, please email email@example.com and we will look into this for you.
How do I create a Facebook Fundraiser?
You can create a Facebook fundraiser here: https://givepanel.me/fb/ZyCdp60m
I have created a Facebook fundraiser. How do I find it on my Facebook page?
You can locate your Facebook fundraiser by using this link: https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/manage
Do I need to provide evidence to the Scottish SPCA of completing the challenge?
No, we trust you! We do encourage you to use a free squat tracker app. You can take a photo or screenshot of this and share it on your fundraising page for family and friends to see how far you’ve reached.
You can also share how you are getting on in the Facebook group for extra motivation!
How much do I need to fundraise?
We are asking participant to aim for a £150 fundraising target. However, every penny counts and any amount you raise will make a huge difference to Scotland’s animals.
Do I have to fundraise in order to take part?
We encourage everyone who is taking on the challenge to create a fundraising page. You can make a self-donation on your page. You never know, your friends and family might want to support you too!
Can someone who doesn’t have Facebook still make a donation?
Just because someone doesn’t have Facebook, doesn’t mean that they cannot donate to your fundraiser. The best way to do this is to ask for a bank transfer or cash donation. You can then donate this money to the fundraising page yourself. You can take a screenshot of the donation on the Facebook Fundraiser for proof if needed.
Can I start the challenge earlier or later than October 1st?
Of course! October is when our Facebook group will be active and the majority of people will be completing their challenge. However, please feel free to complete your 1000 squats in a time that suits you.
Can I do more or less than 1000 squats?
Yes. This is your challenge and we encourage you to tailor this to suit your ability. Remember to be clear to your supporters about the challenge you have set yourself, so they know what they are supporting.
How do the donations get sent to the Scottish SPCA?
Facebook will send any donations from your fundraiser directly to the charity. Facebook take 0% of money raised so all fundraising will directly support Scotland’s animals.
I don’t have Facebook; can I still take part?
Of course! Although the challenge will be run through Facebook, you can still sign up using the registration form. Feel free to get in touch with our fundraising team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be delighted to send you sponsorship forms to complete the challenge yourself: https://givepanel.me/fb/kFWD8OOh
How many squats should I do daily?
1000 squats divided by 30 days equals 33 squats per day.
You could even break this down further throughout your day, for example doing 11 squats in the morning, 11 at lunch, 11 in the evening.
How fit do I need to be?
A basic level of fitness is required to participate in the Squat Challenge. Speak to your GP first if you have any concerns or are worried about a medical condition. Make sure your activity and its intensity are appropriate for your fitness level.
How do I exercise safely?
Before starting your squats, use the first five minutes as a warm up and ease into a comfortable pace appropriate to your fitness level.
Don’t be over ambitious, look after your body and make sure to schedule in rest days.
For more advice on exercise, visit NHS Live Well or speak to your GP: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise
How can I stay safe while doing squats?
Plan ahead and dress appropriately (non-restrictive clothes). Carefully move any furniture out of the way that could be an obstacle. Take regular breaks.
How does the government guidance on COVID-19 affect my challenge?
Squat Challenge is a virtual challenge, meaning you can take part in the challenge anytime and anywhere. However, it is important that you and others around you can stay safe while taking on the challenge. You can find the government’s current guidance here. www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid19/