Youngsters at a South Derbyshire school can now work outside in the great outdoors thanks to a brand new £10,000 gym.
Walton Primary School now officially has its new gym equipment after the children said they wanted somewhere to exercise and work-out. So now they have exercise equipment designed to work out their legs, upper and lower body, core and arms to get a taste for working out at a young age.
The equipment was bought with £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery fund and money raised through events at the village school organised by the Parents, Teachers and Friends' Association (PTFA) there.
Head teacher Sarah Rowe said staff got together with the children, sports crew, school council and RE ambassadors to asked them what they wanted to see at the school and they decided they wanted the gym equipment, which will be used during PE lessons and play time.
She applied for the funding in the autumn term and last month they found out it was successful. They wanted the area ready to go by the summer term so the children could make the most of the equipment in the nice weather.
Mrs Rowe said: “The children absolutely love it and are very keen to get out there. Hopefully this will get them super fit and healthy and we are hoping to run family sessions so we can get the whole community fit and active, the staff too.
“The children do choose a lot of the things we have at this school and have a strong voice in a lot of the decisions as the opportunities that we provide are for the children. They have some fabulous ideas and are very creative. They know what they want for their school so we always value their opinion very much. They frequently come and ask me if they can do an event or something for charity with whole school and more often than not I say yes.
“It is all about developing sport and physical activity in primary school as key to continuing the Olympic legacy and that will last and is sustainable. We want as many children to take advantage of this as possible to live long and healthy lives. If we can start this in primary school, then hopefully we can continue it into adulthood.
“I would like to thank the Big Lottery as without that funding this would not be possible and the PTFA for all of the fund-raising they do at the school.”
The new gym with be available alongside the school’s nature area, the Forest Schools in the Spinney, the school field and playground.