In the press!!


Last year we launched a competition to celebrate the release of our new infant range of outdoor gym equipment – now we’re delighted to announce the winner!

The prize of a Key Stage 1 trim trail – designed for children aged three to seven – is on its way to Marsden Primary School in Whitburn, South Tyneside, after pupil Charlie Begg impressed the judges the most with his entry.

The nine-year-old, who is a Year 4 pupil at the school, in Mill Lane, took inspiration from his love of riding his bike and came up with a two-person cycle track that combined all the elements Play Fitness aims to bring together in its work.

Explaining his entry, Charlie wrote: “Two exercise bikes are put on with wheels on a track. You need two people to work it. You need to try and go all the way round the track by working in a team.”

Mark Carter, sales consultant at Play Fitness, said: “We had a fantastic response to the competition and would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter. The standard of entries was very high.

“We covered the names of the children and their schools during the judging process and based it purely on the design. We shortlisted it to five, then three, then two, then one, which was Charlie’s pretty unique design.

“We loved the fact that it involved teamwork, in that it would take two people to work it, and that it also provided a bit of competitiveness, as they would be racing against each other.

“It was also about exercise as well as play.”

The school is now hoping to have the £12,000 trim trail, which features balance beams, hump-back bridge and stepping stones, installed in time for spring.

Headteacher Caroline Marshall, who joined the school in September last year, is also planning to add a plaque in Charlie’s honour.

She said: “It is a brilliant way to start my time here. We have got such gorgeous grounds, it will be nice to give the children more to see and do.

“Charlie’s design was all his own work. He’s a very independent little boy and it is how he wanted to do it. He just thought about what the children in his class and the rest of the school like.”

Charlie said: “I am really happy to win and I think the other children are going to like it.”

Whitburn and Marsden councillor Tracey Dixon, who is also a governor at the school, said: “I think it’s absolutely amazing that Charlie’s entry won. It’s a great boost for the school and a great initiative from the company.”

Play Fitness, based on Forest Road Industrial Estate in South Shields, installed its first outdoor gym in 2008 and has since completed more than 70 projects in schools across the country.

Summer School – Year 6

Whitburn C of E Academy Transition Summer School

The academy will be running its annual Transition Summer School in the first full week of the summer holidays, Monday 25th July to Thursday 28rd July, from 9:30am to 3:00pm each day.  This will be open to all current Year 6 pupils who are joining us in September.  There will be a cost of £30 in total for the summer school, though pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium will not be charged. The charge has been necessitated as of 2016, summer schools will no longer receive funding from central government; the £30 charge will to help us meet a proportion of the running costs.


We intend to provide a wide range of activities to give pupils a taste of secondary school life and to offer an opportunity to familiarise them with some of our staff and facilities.  There will be a range of subjects on offer and learning will be delivered through fun activities, rather than formal lessons. Pupils who request a place must commit to attending on all four days.


Further details and confirmation will be sent out later in the summer term,

The South Shields Junior Fun Run 2016

We have been contacted with a very interesting event in the local area and wanted to make you aware….

The South Shields Junior Fun Run 2016 is a monthly fun run catered for children of all ages at South Shields seafront.

The aim of the fun run is to get more children active in running in South Shields by providing a regular run in a fun and friendly environment.

We hope that all participants will enjoy the run and help them to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. The Fun Run features 6 runs from April through to September. All children will receive a medal and certificate at the end of the series in September.

** How far is the run? **
The route is approximately 1.5 miles. Marshalls will be on the route to direct the runners. The children don’t need to be able to run the whole way. We understand that children like to take little rests so a mixture of walking, jogging and running is recommended. It’s all about having fun.

** What are the age guidelines? **
8-16 years (under 8’s must run with a parent or guardian)

** When is it? **
All runs will start at 10.15am. Registration will be at 9.45am in Minchellas.
The provisional dates are….

1. Saturday 16th April

2. Saturday 21st May

3. Saturday 18th June

4. Saturday 16th July

5. Saturday 20th August

6. Saturday 16th September

Registration details for the event coming soon at