Funding boost for county schools’ healthy bid projects

School staff, students and county council teams at the Ponteland Leisure Centre event.
School staff, students and county council teams at the Ponteland Leisure Centre event.

Northumberland County Council has allocated more than £230,000 of Healthy Pupil Capital funding to schools across the county.

After successfully securing the money from the Department for Education fund, the local authority held an event at Ponteland Leisure Centre to announce the schools receiving funds to go towards their healthy bid projects.

The schemes need 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.

Those that have received funding include Darras Hall Primary School in Ponteland (school garden running track), Pegswood Primary School (nursery outdoor area equipment), Stobhillgate First School in Morpeth (play equipment) and the Northumberland Pupil Referral Unit near Stannington Station (multi-use games area).

Coun Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, 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.”

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 well-being team provided information about health and diet to the students in attendance.

Former athlete and current television sports presenter, Steve Cram, sent a message about the Healthy Pupil Capital Fund in Northumberland.

It included the following: ‘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.’