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Funding awarded to improve children’s health at school

Northumberland County Council has allocated more than £230,000 of Healthy Pupil Capital funding to schools across the county - enabling them to develop schemes that will benefit children’s health.

Following successfully securing funding from this Department of Education Fund, the council held an event last week at Ponteland Leisure Centre, to announce the schools which will receive funding towards their healthy bid projects.

The schemes have to have a direct impact on improving children's physical and mental health either through activity or healthy eating, as set out in the guidelines of the fund.

The event was an opportunity for schools to share examples of what they are developing and how this will benefit their pupils and the council’s health and wellbeing team provided information about health and diet to the students.

Northumberland County Councillor Wayne Daley, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “Well done to those schools who have secured funding for their healthy schemes. I’m looking forward to seeing these schemes get under way and the benefits this will have for the young people of Northumberland.

“Providing children with the opportunity to lead healthier lifestyles is important in setting strong healthy habits from a young age and providing healthier meals and more opportunity for daily activity is a great start on this journey.”

Former athlete and sports presenter Steve Cram CBE is a big advocate for young people’s health.  He sent a message about Healthy Pupil Capital Fund in Northumberland, saying: “I wholeheartedly support this fantastic initiative by Northumberland County Council and its education team.

“Starting good practice with an active, healthy lifestyle early in life bodes well for our children’s futures. This initiative goes a long way to educating the young people of our region on simple, healthy approaches to eating and changing attitudes that hopefully will be retained as they grow older.

“I wish everyone good luck with the scheme, and I look forward to following its successes.”

Following is a list of the schools in Northumberland which were successful in gaining funding for schemes under the Healthy Pupil Capital Fund.

School: Scheme includes:
Stead Lane Primary School, Bedlington Outdoor area
Choppington Primary School Cycling,walking trail
Hillcrest Special School, Cramlington Multi-use games area
Tweedmouth West First School Berwick Renovate dining area
Eastlea Primary School, Cramlington Thrive gardening playground area
Cambois Primary School, Blyth Opal play outdoor learning
Northumberland Pupil Referral Unit, Morpeth Multi-use games area
Amble Links First School Activity trail part 2
Swansfield Park Primary School, Alnwick New play landscape
Seahouses Primary School Healthy cookery school
Seaton Sluice Enchanted Forest - gardening
Mowbray Primary School, Stakeford Cycle and fitness track
The Dales Special School, Blyth Beam
Berwick Middle School Exercise, bike racks
Red Row First School, Amble Track daily mile
Shanklea Primary School, Cramlington The glorious outdoors EYFS
Northburn Primary School, Cramlington OPAL scooter racks, outdoor learning
Broomhill First School, Amble EYS active play
Allendale Primary School Develop playground
Swarland Primary School, Alnwick Defibrillators
Pegswood Primary School, Morpeth Nursery outdoor area equipment
Hareside Primary School Playground activity
Warkworth Primary School Obstacle course
Beaufront First School, Hexham Cycle track and storage
Norham First School Outdoor play, canopy
The Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick Gardening clubs outdoor equipment
Bedlington West End First School Playground equipment and seating
Darras Hall Primary School, Ponteland School garden running track
Amble First School Track
Morpeth Stobhillgate First School Play equipment
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