Gloucestershire primary installs £17k fitness zone to tackle obesity levels

A Gloucestershire primary school has installed a £17,000 fitness zone to improve the health of its pupils.

The new “trim trail” play area at Carrant Brook Junior School includes climbing frames, balance boards, rope swings and monkey bars in an effort to build pupils’ overall fitness levels in their recreational time, alongside the daily mile the school already implements.

Funding for the equipment came from a £10,000 grant from the council’s Active Gloucestershire initiative and £7,000 of the school’s own budget, combined with money collected through PTA fundraising.

Maria Budd, the headteacher of Carrant Brook, decided to implement the trim trail to tackle higher than average obesity figures at the school.

“The pupils are really excited about the new trim trail. It plays another vital part of the healthy lifestyle choices we frequently encourage,” she said.

“Our school has won a variety of awards for the steps it has taken in promoting healthy living, including an Eco-Schools Silver Award. We’re now aiming towards Green Flag status, so are concentrating on getting children outdoors and engaging with the environment, which our new trail supports.”