Greenwich

Mayor opens primary school's fitness playground

Published Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich has officially opened a primary school's new fitness focused playground.

Councillor Olu Babatola cut the ribbon at Cherry Orchard Primary School on Friday 21 April.

Members of the school council asked for some new equipment to help them to keep fit while having fun and were given a say in what machinery was chosen.

A health walker, slalom skier, horse skier, rower, sky stepper and an arm and pedal bike have all been installed following a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The Greenwich school also raised £10,000 to create a trim trail - a range of physical challenges including a rolling log and balance beam - plus a solar stopwatch so that pupils can race against the clock.

Mayor Babatola said: "I was delighted to officially open the fitness equipment and trim trail and see how excited the children are about keeping active.

"I am sure that they will help the pupils easily incorporate exercise into their daily routines and form good habits as they grow older."

Headteacher Maria Hill said: "We believe that physical activity is a key part of education so I am pleased that we now have some great equipment which will make keeping fit fun.

"It was great to have the Mayor attend the official opening to help show how much the wider community values this addition to our school."

Notes to Editors:

The Royal Borough of Greenwich launched its Sugar Smart campaign in January 2017 to create environments to allow people to make healthier, lower sugar choices.

The campaign works with local organisations, businesses, schools, children's centres and hospitals to help reduce obesity.

Find out more information about the campaign

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