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Following a successful application to the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund, St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School in St Helens have secured funding to install an outdoor gym.
The gym will be used before and after school, during recreational times at break and lunchtimes and as part of structured PE classes and for team training sessions, so it needed to complement the curriculum and the school’s wider approach to sport.
The school was also keen to use the facility with its partner primary schools as part of its transition programme.
Durable and easy to use, the seven different pieces of gym equipment sit in a specially prepared area just on the edge of the school’s playing fields. There is one single station and six multi-stations, meaning 16 students can work out at any one time.
Speaking at the launch, headteacher, Mrs Catherine Twist said: “We are delighted to have this outdoor gym at St Cuthbert’s. It is well researched that young people with better health and wellbeing are far more likely to achieve, not just academically but socially, emotionally and psychologically.
“St Cuthbert’s has a culture of positive wellbeing for all. By adding this gym to our existing facilities we can continue to promote physical and mental health opportunities, reinforcing our students’ achievements that in turn improves wellbeing, the ability to thrive and achieve their full potential.”
Chris Williams, deputy director of school and colleges for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, said: “The Archdiocese of Liverpool received an allocation of funding for each local authority area across the Archdiocese and invited all schools to submit proposals for consideration. We were ultimately able to provide some funding to all schools that submitted a proposal, including eight projects in St Helens.
“We are very pleased to have been able to support St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School in the delivery of this project which will support the health and well-being of students at St Cuthbert’s and their associated primary schools.
“It is particularly welcome that the investment will enhance curriculum opportunities while also supporting the school’s wider encouragement of young people to engage in sports activities at breaktimes and before and after school.
“The new equipment will add some exciting further provision to a school site that governors, staff and the Archdiocese have worked hard to develop and improve in recent years.