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Lotto will boost pupils' health

PUBLISHED: 16:48 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

EXERCISE clubs for schools are just some of the community schemes to benefit from more than £400,000 of lottery funding in the borough.

EXERCISE clubs for schools are just some of the community schemes to benefit from more than £400,000 of lottery funding in the borough.

More than 45 groups in Bromley have benefited from the Big Lottery Fund including schools, a filmmaking club and a charity helping expectant parents.

St Peter and St Paul RC Primary School in Orpington has used a grant of £9,616 to provide breakfast and after-school clubs in orienteering, table tennis, golf, street dancing and cheerleading to help improve their pupils' confidence and self-esteem.

Headteacher Jacinta Fernandes said: "We wanted to give children a huge number of activities to choose from other than football or netball.

"The reaction from the children this year has been fantastic, they have been really enthusiastic about learning new things."

Chelsfield Primary School in Warren Road was awarded £9,600 to run after school workshops with a lifestyle coach helping to teach pupils about the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise.

The school received a grant of £9,600 to run after school workshops promoting a healthy lifestyle with the aim of teaching pupils the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise.

A healthy lifestyle coach will also develop the children's understanding of what a healthy lifestyle is to enable them to make better dietary choices and do more exercise.

Headteacher Patrick Foley said: "We want to improve the health and fitness of the children so that not only do they benefit from improving health, but they also learn important life skills. They will learn about healthy eating and how to have a balanced diet and receive multi-sports coaching, all of which will impact on their life chances."

Also awarded funds for healthy living after-school clubs are Pickhurst Infants School in West Wickham who were awarded £8,344 for a project focusing on growing and cooking fruit and vegetables.

Bickley Primary School has been awarded £9,860 to deliver its sports clubs giving priority to children with special educational needs.

Groups can apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help deliver projects and improve their services.

To apply go to www.awardsforall.org.uk

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