The children of Worple Primary School in Isleworth are putting their pencils into their pencil cases and lacing up their trainers as they swap the classroom for the great outdoors.
A brand new trim trail has been officially opened at the school as part of an ongoing commitment to improving school sports and physical activity amongst the children.
Funded by The Big Lottery Fund and the RFU World Cup Legacy Fund the course cost a total of £17,200 to create and will benefit not only the school, but also the adjacent children’s centre and SunnySmiles wraparound care service.
On hand to open the trail was local MP Ruth Cadbury and ex England rugby player, Tom May.
Talking to getwestlondon , MP for Brentford and Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury said: "Worple School here in Isleworth is really fortunate, sport is obviously a really big part of the curriculum."
She added: "They've got this really good contact and link up, just down the road we've got the RFU at Twickenham and they've been a major part in getting this trim trail, but also in supporting the school in sport and of course, they've got the gold award for teaching sport.
"So it's really good and it's a really good example of how sport can be incorporated into the school day and of course that benefits children so much, if they've had some exercise, got the endorphins going, they learn better and of course they're healthier as well."
Ex England rugby player and ambassador of the RFU World Cup Legacy Fund, Tom May told getwestlondon : "I think there's always a balance to be had between education, mental education and physical education and I think the two go hand in hand, so the fact that these kids have got the opportunity and the installation of this bit of kit is really lucky for them."
Worple Primary School, which is the smallest primary school in Hounslow has recently become one of only four primary schools to have been awarded a Gold Gamesmark Award, which recognises achievement in competitive sport.
The course is tailored toward Key Stage one and Key Stage two children and there are a number of obstacles for the children to take on:
- Log Traverse
- Inclined Balance Weaver & Drop Rope Traverse
- Over & Under Hurdles
- Chicane Poles
- Leap Frog
- Step Up
- Burma Bridge
- Giant Tyre Step
- Single Sided Bouldering Walls
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