Funding boost for schools in Northumberland
Northumberland County Council has allocated more than Â£230,000 of Healthy Pupil Capital funding to schools across the county.
Beneficiaries include Berwick Middle School for exercise, bike racks; Tweedmouth West First School to renovate its dining area; Norham First School for outdoor play; and Seahouses Primary School for healthy cookery.
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.
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“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.”