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Excitement as primary school launches £12,000 play area fundraising appeal

PUBLISHED: 08:52 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:52 18 May 2018

Excited children at Gunton Primary Academy in Lowestoft hold up the plans for the outdoor gym appeal. Picture: Courtesy of Gunton Primary Academy

Excited children at Gunton Primary Academy in Lowestoft hold up the plans for the outdoor gym appeal. Picture: Courtesy of Gunton Primary Academy

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An "exciting project" is under way at a primary school.

An artists impression of the plans for the outdoor gym appeal at Gunton Primary Academy. Picture: Courtesy of Gunton Primary AcademyAn artists impression of the plans for the outdoor gym appeal at Gunton Primary Academy. Picture: Courtesy of Gunton Primary Academy

Hopes are high that a new £12,000 outdoor gym area will be unveiled at Gunton Primary Academy in the coming months – with an appeal going out to businesses to back the fundraising drive.

With staff and school council members keen to improve the outdoor play spaces at the academy in Gainsborough Drive, an appeal was launched.

It is being led by project manager, Justin Smith, of Chameleon Training and Consultancy in Lowestoft, with support from the Parents, Staff and Friends Association (PSFA).

The new outdoor gym would consist of numerous pieces of play and exercise equipment with the school logo inscribed in it.

Matthew Jordan, headteacher at Gunton Primary, said: “We have been very excited with the proposed design which has been kindly project managed and led by Justin Smith.

“The PSFA have been extremely proactive in fundraising for this outdoor gym and we would like to thank them for their time and also our families for their generous support.

“Our school will be using some of the funds from the government’s sugar tax to help make this project happen and donations from local companies.

“Improving children’s fitness and well-being through outdoor play is a national priority and this outdoor gym will complement our already extensive and high quality sports provision.”

Mr Smith said: “Having been associated with the school for some years through my children, it is a real pleasure to help bring this new facility to Gunton.

“Specially designed outdoor gym equipment will provide a great deal of fun for the children at the school but will also support the delivery of new initiatives that bring our community together.

“It’s been a real team effort so far but I’m reaching out to our local business community and asking them to help us get over the line. We’re nearly there with our £12,000 goal and just need a little extra to bring the project to life over the summer.”

The PSFA is holding a summer fete at the school between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Friday, June 15 to help to raise further funds.

For further details, or to donate to the gym appeal, call 01502 584661 or email office4gunton@yahoo.co.uk

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