A joint venture between Somerset County Council, sports charity TS5C, Strode College and Crispin School is hoping to help keep students and local residents fit and healthy.
Councillor and TS5C Chairman, Alan Gloak, officially opened the new £7,000 Trim Trail which has been built around Strode College’s sports ground. TS5C athletes Jessica Hudson and Charlie Cook were also on hand to put it through its paces.
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The lion’s share of the funding came from the Council’s Health and Well-being budget and TS5C’s Healthy Living Fund. Alan said: “A key objective for both funds is to promote healthier lifestyles through community-led initiatives. This Trim Trail ticks all the boxes: it is not just for students and members of the sports club, but can also be used by local residents. It’s a great way to encourage young people to keep fit and, as such, we have had lots of support from the local doctor surgeries. We really hope that it is going to be a well-used public facility.”
The ¼ mile trail has been specifically designed to provide a full body work out. Strode College Sports Maker, Toby Payne, explained: “It combines walking or jogging with individual exercise stations positioned along the way to focus on different areas such as upper body strength or biceps and triceps. We’ve selected apparatus to ensure that the trail is effective in developing cardiovascular fitness, balance, strength and co-ordination.”
James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, also attended the opening. He added: “The Trim Trail is a fantastic addition to our excellent sports facilities. Now that the sun is starting to shine, I’m looking forward to seeing this new equipment used by Strode students for their studies and their sports activities, as well as by pupils from Crispin School and the local community. I would like to thank Somerset County Council and the charity TS5C for supporting Strode College by providing funding for the Trim Trail.”