A RUGBY World Cup winner has opened a new outdoor gym for Sunderland schoolchildren.
Tamara Taylor unveiled the facility at Seaburn Dene Primary School in Torver Crescent, with a fitness session.
The £10,000 gym was funded by the Big Lottery Fund and installed by Play Fitness Limited.
Seaburn Dene Primary holds a Gold School Sports Award and is partner school for British Gymnastics.
Headteacher Maxine Purdy said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to provide facilities for our children to be fit and healthy It’s there for parents also, to use before or after work, enjoying the equipment alongside the children.
“We would like to thank Tamara, who is a great sporting role model, for helping to inspire and children and the lottery funding, which, of course, made the gym possible.”
Tamara, who played for England in their recent World Cup win, said: “It’s great to see Seaburn Primary leading the way in healthy lifestyle choices for the pupils, teachers and wider community with their new outdoor gym.
“I enjoyed coaching tag rugby to the kids, and am looking forward to hearing about the new tag rugby team that will be starting soon.”
Pupil Grace Lee, nine, said: “Tamara showed us that if you have a knock back, you never give up. She told us that she works hard all the time and she is now the best. I want to be good at my sports.”
Katie Hunnam, nine, said: “I learnt about the different jobs of the players. Tamara is very strong and she eats healthy food all the time. I know this is important as I take part in competitions too.”
Tamara was also promoting player opportunities for girls at women at Sunderland RFC at Ashbrooke, where girls play from U7, with teams at U13, U15 and adult level.