Video: Mini gym for children keeps the Norfolk Olympic legacy alive
PUBLISHED: 20:04 20 January 2014
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With its mini exercise bikes and brightly-coloured rowing machines, this is a gym with a difference.
The pop up mini gym at St George’s Infant School in Great Yarmouth is not only designed with children in mind, it is designed to inspire a lifetime of healthy living. And it’s arrival on the east coast is keeping the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympics Games alive.
The school in St Peter’s Road was chosen to help launch the mini gym initiative after securing a government grant.
In partnership with the Department for Education, Get Set - the official British Olympic and Paralympic Education programme, invited schools all over the UK to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to support them in delivering activities that would “maximise the legacy of the Games” and ensure British schools motivate young people to keep active and make healthy choices.
St George’s was one of only 100 schools nationally awarded a grant to continue the Games Legacy work.
The infants pop up gym will be on site for two weeks before moving on to another school in the region. At the same time, a junior gym for slightly older schoolchildren is up and running at North Denes Junior School in Yarmouth.
Declaring it open, St George’s headteacher Melodie Fearns said: “We were delighted to be chosen from many hundreds of applicants and are very pleased to be able to once again bring an Olympic based project to our area and lead on another Government initiative.
“Despite what Ofsed will have you believe there is a lot of good practice in our Norfolk Schools and many schools like ours make a real difference to the communities they serve and often lead on national projects such as this one.”
Pupils will use the mini gym in both curriculum time and after school.
At the launch today, families as well as Yarmouth borough healthy eating and sports groups were invited to come along and see the scaled-downed gym equipment including rowing machines, treadmills, step machines in action.