Mini gym magic for Sunderland primary school

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym.
Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym.
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Youngsters at a Sunderland school are building their biceps with a new gym.

The pupils at Richard Avenue Primary School are making the most of the great outdoors, having fun and getting fit.

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym.

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym.

Key Stage 2 children have a new multi use games area (MUGA), to play sports in and also an eight-piece gym, which has been built on artificial grass.

The younger pupils in Key Stage 1 have also got a new fitness play area to call their own.

Karen Todd, headteacher at the primary, said the gym equipment, which includes bikes, a leg press and cross trainers, is the latest phase of making sure fitness is high on the agenda at the school.

She said: “The children are absolutely loving the new equipment.

The kids just see it as great fun

Karen Todd

“It took four weeks to build, so the children have been able to see it take shape and have been eagerly waiting to have a go on it.”

Mrs Todd said the equipment, which has been funded through the school budget and other fund-raising drives, will be used throughout the day, both at breaks and also during PE lessons.

She said: “The idea is that the kids get a bug for exercise and fitness for life and helps them to learn skills such as taking turns and being part of a team, while the kids just see it as great fun.”

The school already has a range of fitness equipment in the yard, including basketball nets and tyre tracks as well as balls and skipping ropes.

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym.

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym.

Mrs Todd said the Key Stage 2 gym equipment is also suitable for adults and staff are planning to use it themselves after school.

They also run community fitness sessions for adults, so they too can make use of the new equipment.

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym.

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym.

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym.
Headteacher Karen Todd with pupil Cerys McQuillan aged 8

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym. Headteacher Karen Todd with pupil Cerys McQuillan aged 8

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym.
Headteacher Karen Todd with pupils

Richard Avenue Primary School new multi-gym. Headteacher Karen Todd with pupils