Birkenhead primary school receives grant to fund Fitness for Fun scheme

Health-conscious pupils at Our Lady and St Edward’s Catholic Primary School are celebrating after receiving £1,500 towards their Fitness for Fun Scheme, as voted for by Birkenhead Tesco customers.

Fitness for Fun is a community-based programme developed to help people choose a healthier lifestyle through education and structured exercise routines.

The scheme is normally funded by the school, however, extra funds were needed to ensure pupils learn how to cycle safely and are educated on the rules of the road for cyclists. The scheme also provides children who do not yet own one with a bicycle, thanks to the school’s bike swap scheme with bike shop partner Energise.

So school staff applied to Tesco’s Stronger Starts scheme, which awards funds to charities and community organisations that make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people.

With £500, £1,000 and £1,500 available, shoppers voted for the school to receive the highest amount, and head teacher Elaine McGunigall said the funding would give a big boost to local children.

Elaine added, “Now that our area is part of the Price Street Scheme, an initiative designed to create a safe environment for both walking and cycling for long-term commuting routines, we wanted to learn more about our families’ cycling habits.

“After sending out a questionnaire to the parents, we learned that only a selection of our students owned bikes or were cautious of the cycling rules of the road, which is why we have decided to incorporate cycling into our Fitness for Fun Scheme.

“Not only will this improve the physical and mental health of the children, it also has a positive impact on the environment. We would like to thank Tesco for giving every child an equal opportunity, whatever their background.”

The Price Street Scheme is a £2.89 million initiative conducted by Wirral Council. The scheme is set to provide walking and cycling infrastructure upgrades as part of the Sustainable Urban Development Programme, which focuses on delivering projects related to transport, sustainable urban mobility, and green infrastructure.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said, “It’s our pleasure to help local schools like Our Lady and St Edward’s Catholic Primary School and the scheme will have such a positive impact on our community.

“Tesco Stronger Starts invites our customers to vote using their blue token for local schemes that they feel are important to help our communities thrive. It’s rewarding to see the impact that the funding makes.”


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