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Fundraising to Fitness

Thanks to various fundraising initiatives St George’s Academy – Ruskington Campus now has 5 pieces of outdoor fitness equipment installed and ready for use by students and staff.

It has been an on-going project for about a year now, which all began when our students visited other schools to play matches after school – they would run off the bus and onto their external gym equipment as their warm up!

This then became a worthy venture to improve the fitness, health and well- being of the students (and staff) at the Ruskington Campus.

The Ruskington St George’s ‘Friends’ (PTA) has held various events in order to raise money for the venture. They have held a race night, a fashion show, done raffles, and various musical concerts. However, a real boost came from community funding, for which we are thankful.

We bagged £1000 from the carrier bag charge fund through the Tesco Bags of Help funding.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative in 2015, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects every month. Since launching, Bags of Help has awarded more than £25 million across more than 3,000 local projects.

The public voted in store from 1 to 31 December 2016 and our project was awarded £1,000. We also received a contribution of £1,000 from the Medlock Charitable Trust. Without this support, it would have taken a lot longer to see our dream come true. We originally set out to save up for 8 pieces of Gym equipment – 5 is a great start – we will continue to save for more.

The equipment was installed last week, just in time for the summer term and students who face the stressful exam period. All students have now completed their Health and Safety induction during PE lessons. They are using the equipment during break and lunch times and it is proving very popular.

Student comments…

‘It’s great I have wanted to go to a gym for ages!’

‘I think it is a good fun workout. The bike is my favorite because it does your arms and legs at the same time.’

‘I come to do 10 minutes in the morning before registration to wake me up and get the blood pumping and work my muscles.’

‘We used it as part of our warm up in PE – great fun.’

We would like to thank our parents and friends, Tesco and the Medlock Charitable Trust for supporting the fundraising for the Students at the Academy.

Claire Adams
Vice Principal – Head of Ruskington Campus

For more information on Tesco Bags of Help, please click here.