We were delighted to welcome special guests Matt Ritchie and Adam Federici from Bournemouth Football Club who came along to open our new Trim Trail. The new and improved Trim Trail has been funded by our fantastic PTA along with Sovereign Housing, the Truemark Trust and the Bisgood Trust. Excited pupils (and staff!) saw the Cherries players cut the ribbon to open their new Trim Trail alongside Rachel Lambon and Adam Dean from Christchurch Tennis and Frank Hunt and Emily Gard from Mudeford Phoenix Ladies FC. The visitors were also treated to a Samba performance by our own Year 4 Samba drummers!
The Cherries players were thrilled with the tremendous reception they received from St Joseph’s School pupils who all cheered and waved their own creative red and black flags. Goalkeeper Adam Federici said: “It is awesome to have such support from local schoolchildren and we are delighted to be here in the community encouraging them to keep fit with their new Trim Trail.” The Sports Ambassadors gave Adam and Matt a tour of the new equipment and were thrilled to see the players trying out a balance rope. The entire school joined in with the high-fives as they made their way back along the line of excited children and the players took their time ensuring everyone had a turn.
Local business Reformed Plastics is a leading UK manufacturer of 100% recycled plastic products. The company spent seven days on site building the Trim Trail which is made from 100% recycled plastic providing an ideal alternative to wood which will last for years. The new Trim Trail is designed to challenge pupils with a variety of elements including a Clatter Bridge, Log Traverse, Dual Balance Bars, Tyre Step and Parallel Rope Walk. It replaces the previous worn-out wooden trail now extending 30ft beyond the previous footprint. Reformed Plastics Sales Manager David Mercer said: “This is our biggest Trim Trail to date and we were delighted to work closely with St Joseph’s to provide new equipment for the pupils to enjoy for many years to come.”
Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Miccoli also commented: “It was a privilege to welcome Matt Ritchie and Adam Federici who are at the height of their career and will inspire our young children to take part in sport and to keep fit. We are also delighted to have Christchurch Tennis and Mudeford Phoenix Ladies FC with us today as they are deeply involved promoting sport in our school.”
It was noted by all the time the players took in talking to and engaging with the children – answering questions and posing for photographs. PTA Fundraiser Jen Leonard commented “AFC Bournemouth in the Community was exceptionally well represented by Matt and Adam today, they really have made an already exciting event very special indeed”.
Our new Trim Trail should provide St Joseph’s pupils with exciting play for many years to come.