South Bromsgrove High School is overjoyed to have secured sports equipment funding from local Redditch and Bromsgrove children’s charity the Oakland Foundation.

Helping to engage and encourage more students to remain active, the Foundation’s funding has helped purchase ten new mini-trampolines and paid for the necessary teacher training to run and incorporate the new ‘Boogie Bounce’ fitness activity classes into South Bromsgrove’s lessons and extra-curricular clubs, which will help to boost students’ mental health and wellbeing and encourage more pupils between the ages of fourteen and fifteen, particularly girls, to remain active.

South Bromsgrove Head of PE , Mr Rob Law, commented: “Working in connection with the Oakland Foundation has been fantastic from day one. They were supportive throughout the process and really keen on learning about how they can use their assets to support the future generations. The equipment they have supported us in purchasing will allow us to cater for an alternative activity for students across all ages as well provide high quality fitness classes such as “Bounce Combat” which is proving popular with students and staff.

“With the ever-growing challenge of keeping young minds active and facing social pressures of the modern world, it is a delight as a head of PE to be able to now provide an innovative activity that students are keen to get involved in. Thank you, Oakland Foundation.”

The Oakland Foundation charity supports youth projects based around Health and Nutrition, Education and Sport for children under 16 and their families and was created by Redditch-based multi temperature supply chain and food distribution operator Oakland International six-years ago.

The latest figures from End Child Poverty (May 2019) state that more children are in poverty than at the start of the decade, despite incomes having risen overall. Currently over 31.8% of children in Redditch and over 22% of children in Bromsgrove are living in poverty.

Oakland Foundation Trustee, Hayley Smith, commented: “The Oakland Foundation is delighted to support this project and the vision of South Bromsgrove High School to keep their students active, healthy and happy.”

Working with community stakeholders, schools and youth organisations, the charity is looking to extend its support of student and youth initiatives through new match-funding partnerships and opportunities with the council, local businesses and community groups.

 

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