Primary children at one Glenrothes school now been given the unique chance to keep fit at well as enjoy playtime, reports NEIL HENDERSON.
The pupils at Warout Primary School have just had installed a £10 thousand pound fitness play park incorporating the latest state-of-the-art gym equipment.
The ‘open air gym’ was made possible following a financial grant as part of the National Lottery’s Awards For All Scheme.
Carol Storrs, Head Teacher at the school explained: “The initial idea came about after several of the parents approached me wanting the school to promote health and well being and general fitness to the children.
“Everyone agreed it was a wonderful idea so I applied to the National Lottery for funding and was delighted when we heard that we had been granted the funds, especially as not everyone is successful when they apply.
“We asked Fife Council to help with choosing the best equipment and have now just had the new play area installed which we are very pleased with.
The newly installed special play area features six different fitness machines which aim to keep the children trim while enjoying their playtimes breaks.
Carol added: “Each of the classes has had a turn at using the play area and all have now been taught the safe ways to use the machines.
“As well as having it for general use, we can now incorporate the gym machines as part of PE lessons whereby the children can use the different aspects of the new area as a circuit training exercise as part of their PE class.
“The reaction from the children has been very positive, they love it.”
Carol was also keen to highlight the positive learning aspects associated with the new play area as part of understanding the importance of fitness and being healthy.
She said: “It’s so important for the children to be aware of fitness even at an early age.”