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Grand collection will keep Chippenham children active
Parents and supporters of Queen’s Crescent School outstripped all other groups in the Chippenham area by collecting thousands of supermarket vouchers.
Their total of 47,563 Active Kids vouchers from Sainsbury’s was more than any other group handed in, and represents an equivalent spend of £475,630 in the supermarket giant’s stores.
It means the school will now be able to offer coaching in cheerleading, fitness and rock ’n’ roll, as well as having money to buy badminton coaching kit, skipping ropes and netball bibs.
The primary school, along with 10th Chippenham Scout Group and Corsham Primary School, is among 116 schools, groups and clubs in the area to benefit from the scheme.
Last week they received a message of congratulations from football ace and Active Kids ambassador David Beckham, who said: “I’m passionate about inspiring kids to try a new sport and that’s exactly what Active Kids is all about – encouraging kids to try, and hopefully really enjoy, something new.
“Well done to all those schools, groups and clubs in Chippenham area for taking part this year and I hope they enjoy their new equipment.”
Headteacher Julia Hawkins said: “We are very grateful to the parents and the school community of Queen’s Crescent for collecting so many vouchers.
“This has meant we have been able to purchase a variety of different sports equipment for the pupils to support their learning in PE.”
Sainsbury’s Chippenham customers collected vouchers in-store between February and May, earning one voucher for every £10 spent.
After a visit to Queen’s Crescent School last Thursday, Chippenham store manager Bob Upshall said: “The scheme really has grown over the past nine years and our customers have played a massive part in ensuring we continue to encourage all children, regardless of ability, to lead healthier, active lifestyles.”
Active Kids was launched in 2005 in response to growing concerns about children’s obesity levels. Since then Chippenham customers have donated £1,768,319 worth of Active Kids equipment and experiences.
Sainsbury’s said the scheme saw a surge in interest after the Olympics. A survey by the Youth Sport Trust in June showed nearly two thirds (64 per cent) of 11-18 year olds were inspired by Team GB at London 2012.
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