School’s ‘keep ac­tive’ gar­den is hit with MP

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

FOR­GET football, net­ball and rounders, a pri­mary school has in­tro­duced gar­den­ing to its sports agenda to get more kids ac­tive.

Nether Alder­ley Pri­mary School has been given £1,000 from a sports char­ity to help cre­ate a gar­den­ing club and help im­prove phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity rates among its pupils.

The school iden­ti­fied the need to en­cour­age chil­dren who don’t cur­rently en­gage in tra­di­tional sports to be­come more ac­tive, and came up with the idea of a gar­den­ing club – which is so pop­u­lar that even Tat­ton MP Ge­orge Os­borne dropped in to have a look.

Richard Craven, head­teacher at Nether Alder­ley Pri­mary, said: “This has been a great pro­ject for our chil­dren and vol­un­teers alike and the sup­port we have re­ceived from Ac­tive Cheshire has been in­valu­able.

“The whole school is ben­e­fit­ting from us­ing the new gar­den and it has made a great im­pact on ev­ery­one who has seen it.”

As well as cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful new gar­den and get­ting club mem­bers and the lo­cal com­mu­nity phys­i­cally ac­tive, the space has ben­e­fited the wel­fare of the en­tire school, who now use the new gar­den as an out­door learn­ing fa­cil­ity. The grant, from ‘Ac­tive Cheshire, Ac­tive Any­where’, was specif­i­cally used to pro­vide gar­den­ing equip­ment for the chil­dren and vol­un­teers to use.

Anne Boyd, CEO of Ac­tive Cheshire said: “It is vi­tal that we in­stil the habit of ex­er­cise within chil­dren at an early age, and en­cour­age those who do not en­joy tra­di­tional sports to try other kinds of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.”

Mr Os­borne said: “Nether Alder­ley’s school gar­den is a bril­liant ini­tia­tive. The pupils have worked hard to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful out­door space and re­ally en­joy the ex­er­cise.”

●● MP Ge­orge Os­borne in the gar­den with pupils

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