03/14/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/14/2019 05:03
Release Date: 14 Mar 2019
Pupils and staff at St. Therese of Lisieux Primary School are being encouraged to make health and fitness a priority after the George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund supported the installation of a running track at the North Belfast school's playground.
The track helps support St. Therese's 'Born 2 Move' scheme, in which pupils and teachers have committed to running, jogging or walking a mile around the track every day with the aim of becoming more energetic, fit and focused.
Siobhan Taggart, Principal at St. Therese of Lisieux, said:
'The new running track encourages wellbeing and fitness across the school.
The idea originally came two years ago from our current Primary 7 class, who felt that the school community needed a push to get active and wanted to find a quick and inclusive way to integrate more exercise into the school day.
Both the children and staff love the new track and we are extremely grateful to Belfast City Airport for giving us the resources to make our idea a reality.'
Rory Goldring, Airport Fire Service Crew Commander at Belfast City Airport, who also sits on the Community Fund committee, visited the school to see the 'Born 2 Move' scheme in action.
'It is clear to see the positive impact that the running track has had on the children of St. Therese of Lisieux - whether it be increased strength and fitness levels, more confidence in their movements or simply giving them a place to let off energy.
'Belfast City Airport is proud to support local schools as part of its wider corporate responsibility programme, which aims to enhance our community through helping various groups and projects across sport, education, and the environment.
'So far, the Community Fund has benefitted over 150 different ventures, with nearly £400,000 worth of funding being donated since its inception.'