27 July 2015

Children at a Wellingborough school will now be able to use their trim trail all year round thanks to help from the Healthier Child Project.

About the Healthier Child Project

The Healthier Child Project is a new initiative led by Northamptonshire County Council alongside Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust to help combat the problem of childhood obesity within the county. It focuses on three key areas: healthy eating, physical activity and mental health and wellbeing.

Ruskin Junior Academy is one of more than 100 schools that have signed up to the Healthier Child Project. As part of their action plan, it was identified that matting was needed underneath their trim trail so the children could play outside all year round, as the area used to get very muddy and slippery in the winter.

The Healthier Child Project match funded the cost of the matting which has now been fitted, making the playground suitable for play during all seasons and enabling children to be active all year round.

Headteacher of the school Kate French said: “This has made a great difference to our children and to the amount and of activity that will take place on the trim trail throughout the year. The children are very pleased; no more mud!”

Councillor Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: “This is a great example of how the Healthier Child Project can support a school in helping their students get healthier and happier. We want as many schools as possible to sign up to this scheme; there is more information on our website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/healthierchild