Prior to 2016, Broadgate Primary School had a Trim Trail within the school grounds. However, as Horsforth has seen major demand for school places with increased housing development projects within the locality, the school has expanded to a double form entry, and extensions to the school were required to cope with the additional number of pupils. Sadly, the Trim Trail was relocated to make way for the new building works, and only one small piece of the existing Trim Trail survived.
Pupil feedback to the school was that they really missed playing and exercising on the Trim Trail, so the ambitious project to replace the structure became the main focus of the PTA fundraising efforts.
The total cost of the Trim Trail project is over £18,000 and will be situated in the grounds of Broadgate Primary School, but shared with the users of the Horsforth Children’s Centre.
The first phase, costing almost £9000, was funded by various events organised and hosted by the hard-working members of the Broadgate Primary School PTA.
The results of this hard work could be seen in July 2018, when this first phase of the Trim Trail was installed in the school grounds. It was decided that a more challenging element of the Trail be installed first, to allow the older children within the school to get benefit from it. It has immediately become very popular with the children.
Mrs McLellan, the Head Teacher at Broadgate Primary School said, “it has already become a much-valued resource by the school and the Children's Centre. Every class in school uses it regularly and it is a fun way of ensuring that children are being as physically active as possible. It's position outside the Children's Centre garden mean that a much wider range of stakeholders than just the school are accessing it and enjoying it. It has been particularly lovely to see parents also using it with their children at the end of the school day. I am also delighted that we have seen children learning to manage and take risks through the use of the trim trail.”
The second phase of the project will cost just over £9000 and will include elements that will be more tailored towards the younger children within the school, and therefore particularly suited to the younger users of Horsforth Children’s Centre.
Elements such as inclined balance beams, a rope crossing bridge, walk and stretch posts, mini log walks and rope tunnels will all help to develop the younger ages towards becoming physically more confident and stretch their risk-taking skills.
It is a much-needed piece of equipment which will be heavily used for the health and wellbeing of children from all backgrounds and ages across the school and Children’s Centre.
It is frequently written and reported, at present, as to how physical activity is associated with a wide range of psychological benefits for young people, so we feel that completing this installation will have far reaching impact on its users, both physically and mentally.
We are on the way with raising funds towards completing the final phase of the Trim Trail, however any extra funds we raise through this Crowdfunder page will help us to finish the project much sooner!
Any donation from you, will help us to get a step closer to installing Phase 2 of the Trim Trail and puts us closer to enhancing the children’s physical experiences at Broadgate Primary, and serving the wider Horsforth community for many years to come.