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Pupils do triathlon for new playground equipment

Pupils take matters into their hands and raise money for playground equipment

Posted by Hannah Oakman | December 08, 2016 | Sports & leisure

Schoolchildren with emotional and social difficulties recently cycled, rowed and swam 30 miles to raise money to buy new playground equipment.

The boys from Tregonwell Academy’s Nigel Bowes campus staged a ‘triathlon’ to fund additional sports equipment for their school in Ensbury Avenue, Bournemouth.

A team of 10 boys took turns to pedal an exercise bike, row on a rowing machine and swim lengths of a pool.

They were supported in their ‘triathlon’ by the Village Urban Resort in Deansleigh Road, Bournemouth, which hosted the event and also donated a free night’s stay for the raffle 

The Nigel Bowes campus teaches primary school age children who have often complex needs, including autistic spectrum disorders.

Associate principal James Franzen said: “We can’t thank the Village Hotel enough for hosting our event.

“Our School Council (the pupils themselves) decided that they would like regular access to outdoor gym equipment in the school grounds and wanted to get involved with the fundraising, 

The pupils did such a brilliant job, swimming rowing and cycling over 30 miles in just two hours - James Franzen, Associate Principal

“The pupils did such a brilliant job, swimming rowing and cycling over 30 miles in just two hours. 

He continued: “Village Hotel customers donated £50 during the triathlon and we are very grateful to them for their support. In addition, we are now in the process of applying for grants from local charitable trusts to help our fundraising on its way.

“We are also hoping local businesses will support us, perhaps by making us the benefactor of any special Christmas events they hold, or even choosing us as their charity of the year in 2017.”

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