Weeke Primary School officially open new gym facilities with special guests

Date: 26 June 2020   Author: Energise Me

Weeke Primary School in Winchester celebrates its new facilities with an official opening ceremony with special guests, including members of the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme.

Harry Stow, Sports Development Officer at Energise Me said, “Harry and Alex are both members of the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme. This event was a great opportunity for the children of Weeke Primary School to hear from two local athletes and inspire them to strive to reach their goals. Energise Me and Hampshire County Council are very proud of the athletes. Occasions like this also give them the chance to build their confidence in presenting and telling their story.”


The opening ceremony

The morning started with Alex and Harry sharing their sporting journey to date. Alex presented to Year 4, 5 and 6 about his successes in Hockey and Rugby. He is a member of the regional performance centre for England. He shared his journey, his training regime, knock backs and how he becoming stronger has pushed him on further. Harry presented to Year 2 about his journey, hurdles he has overcome, training and successes. He is in the top 10 in the country.

The presentation by Alex and Harry was inspirational to the pupils, and staff. They spoke about their journey so far and their aspirations moving forward. They were both level headed, and grateful for the opportunities they have had. We wish them the very best in their sporting careers. Thank you for taking the time to come and see us on this special occasion.

Rob Harrison, Business Manager

The project

This project was made possible following a successful grant application to the National Lottery Community Fund last year. They distribute money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK. Day-to-day school life and community events will be further enhanced by this new equipment. It will enrich the lives of children, community groups, families and residents who come through the doors.

Since the installation of the outdoor gym, the children have responded so positively to it. Whether it be the beginning of the day or a lunchtime, they are always on it and active. I am so pleased that we can continue to support the children’s health and well-being with the support of funds such as the Lottery. A memorable opening ceremony, thanks to the young sports personalities who visited.

Jonathan Kirkham, Headteacher

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandlers Ford spoke with the school house captains, school council and play leaders about his passion for sport. He found out how these facilities have improved break and lunchtime at the school. He said; “I was delighted to meet Mr Kirkham this morning and see the new outdoor gym equipment for myself. As a parent of two young and (very!) active children, I am sure this equipment will be a big hit with the kids. I only wish we had this at my primary school.”

Despite the wet weather, the event was a great success and a wonderful celebration of these fantastic new facilities for the Weeke community to share and enjoy.

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