Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


Herne Junior School in Petersfield is home to 470 pupils and currently has one of the highest obesity levels in Hampshire, reflecting the national average of 1 in 5 children classified as obese. Despite having a large field, its all-weather outside facilities are limited during the winter months as the field gets waterlogged and muddy. This limits children to playing in the small playgrounds and activities such as running are impossible.

Our plan is to increase activity levels by building an all-weather one-mile running track around the field, making exercise accessible to all pupils, all year.

It’s widely recognised that children do less exercise these days and many don’t even walk to school. Today’s children prefer playing computer games over outside activities and this lack of exercise can lead to weight and posture issues, poor concentration, mental health issues and even bullying.

As children move towards senior school, they inevitably face lots of change, not helped if they are also dealing with negative body image, low self-esteem and lack of movement skills. This has the detrimental effect of putting them off taking part in physical activities and the situation only worsens as they get older. The Daily Mile Government Initiative tackles many of these issues and has proven results. We would like to be part of this initiative and help our children improve their physical and mental wellbeing, before it’s too late.

The track would cost around £25,000, however to raise this through the Parents Association alone would take too long.

The new running track would include distance markers indicating how far children had run, allowing them to record their progress and set themselves personal goals based on their own ability.

Petersfield Infant School has 360 pupils and would also be given access to the track, meaning over 800 children will regularly benefit from this facility. There are at least four smaller schools (Buriton, Langrish, Froxfield and Steep) within a 10-minute car journey and most of these schools can’t afford such an excellent resource; we would make the track available to these schools.

The track would also be available to other local groups such as sports groups, Scouts and Guides.

“We have over 200 members in Petersfield, from all walks of life. Our free-of-charge Junior Running Club has been extremely popular with children who attend a range of schools across the town. 

As a running community, access to a track would be of great benefit. It would provide a safe area to hold Junior Running Club sessions with a "line of sight" course to enable us to run larger sessions. It would also provide a reliable place for adults to train, particularly in winter, when new runners find muddy paths hard work.” - Sue Browne from local running group Runnyhoneys

“We are passionate about sport at our school, but some children don’t get involved because they don’t like the cut and thrust of team sports. An all-weather running track would allow children from every part of our school and local community to run or walk a set course, enabling them to raise their heart rates, challenge themselves and each other. Fun and fitness at the same time? Surely this has to be a great thing for our youngsters!” - Tony Markham, Headteacher at Herne Junior School

Teachers notice that children’s concentration improves immensely after exercise. Developing a love of exercise is something children carry with them into adulthood and it’s important we nurture this passion from an early age.

Project Video

Herne Junior School

Moment of Pride

Herne juniors is a fantastic school, the staff and children are an asset to our community. Seeing their enthusiasm to enhance their sporting facilities and make use of the outdoor space in all weathers is infectious. Lets help them to achieve this project!

Location: Petersfield


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