Westfield Primary School install gym

Westfield Primary School install gym widnesvikings.co.uk

17th November 2016

Westfield Primary School in Runcorn have recently installed a gym at their school for pupils to use, showcasing the good work that the Game Changer programme can have.

The 'Game Changer' initiative is working across 36 primary schools in Halton across the 2016/17 academic year, targeting over 3,000 children. Delivered across a 24-week monitoring period, boys and girls in years 2–4 will receive 12 weeks of focused support from Vikings coaches and players through completing a combination of practical fundamentals, multi skills, and multi sport activities and classroom activities based around healthy eating.

As part of their contribution the scheme, participating schools will commit to unlocking an extra 15 minutes of physical activity every day through their own innovative ideas and thus complete their ‘Game Changer’ pledges. The gym being installed at the school is a brilliant example of Westfield Primary School doing just that.

The ‘Game Changer’ is the result of a strategic collaboration between Widnes Vikings, Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Vanguard, Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, Halton Borough Council and Sopra Steria, with Liverpool John Moore University Centre as the Public Health Institute.

As a combination of the good work done as part of the school's ongoing mindfulness, mental health and well-being work and advice supplied by an Educational Psychologist as well as work conducted by Widnes Vikings, a small gym has been introduced for the children to use as a way to exercise and promote healthy living throughout the school. 

Headteacher of Westfield Primary School, Clare Dawes, says: "Sport and fitness is essential to the mental health and academic development of us all and the value of exercise is not always fully explored in educational settings. Our role increasingly, as teachers and innovators, is to educate the child holistically in making the right choices for a healthy and successful life. Widnes Vikings provide a number of initiatives to support this."

Adam Daniels, Health and Physical Activity Coach at Widnes Vikings says: "We are delighted to see that Westfield Primary School are being pro-active and promoting healthy lifestyle through acts such as the gym. Westfield have been very receptive in terms of the Game Changer programme we are running with them, and I can see the effects it is having on the children. This is just another example that showcases the Game Changer programme to the rest of the Borough and I hope this is the first of many pro-active ways to improve the healthy lifestyles of children across Halton."


Westfield Primary School install gym widnesvikings.co.uk