Worthing school plans running track to help boost pupils’ fitness and concentration

Pupils at Goring CE Primary School are excited about plans to create a Daily Mile running track. Picture: Derek Martin DM18110467a
Pupils at Goring CE Primary School are excited about plans to create a Daily Mile running track. Picture: Derek Martin DM18110467a

A Worthing school is planning to create a running track in a bid to boost fitness and concentration among pupils.

Goring CE Primary, in Mulberry Lane, Goring, hopes to start work on the track as soon as planning permission is granted, according to business manager Nicky Hayes-Farmer.

The track will be made out of porous rubber mulch, meaning it will be safe to use in all weather conditions.

“Children enjoy taking part and when they come back into class it helps improve focus, concentration and behaviour.” said Mrs Hayes-Farmer.

The project is part of the nationwide Daily Mile campaign, aiming to get pupils out of the classroom for 15 minutes every day.

“It has been proven to improve body composition – bone density, muscle strength, and cardiovascular health and also helps the children maintain a healthy weight, as well as helping those with medical conditions such as asthma or diabetes,” Mrs Hayes-Farmer added.

Those funding the track include the Education and Skills Funding Agency through the Diocese of Chichester, the PE & Sports Grant and the Schools’ Parents and Staff Association.

The project’s costs will not come out of the school’s budget.

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