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Local MP opens outdoor gym at Ashgate Croft School

Toby Perkins MP opened the new outdoor gym at Ashgate Croft School in Chesterfield.

Toby said: “I am absolutely delighted to be here to open the long awaited gym and to recognise the determination and involvement  of so many in creating such an exciting addition to the school.

The outdoor gym is for young people aged 11 – 19 all of whom have learning disabilities (Autism, Severe and Moderate Learning Difficulties) and is made up of 6 items designed to build imagination, fitness and wellbeing into play.

Ashgate croftHead teacher Mrs Jones said: “Given the enthusiasm with which our pupils welcomed all things to do with the Olympics in the summer of 2012 it was not surprising that the outdoor gym was selected for the first phase of the project.  The gym will build friendship as well as muscles, and provide a safe and friendly way to introduce more physical activity on a daily basis”.

Finance Manager Jane Amner, who co-ordinated the project said: “Pupils, staff and governors, of the school would like to say a big “Thank You” to anyone who has been involved in any way to make this phase of the  Playground Project a reality.  It really is a great opportunity for our children to learn through play”.

Moving forward, Ashgate Croft are now looking towards a second phase, which will be determined by the pupils through consultation.

Toby Perkins said “ This school provides such a positive place of learning for children with more than their fair share of difficulties, and I whole heartedly support the schools efforts to develop their outdoor space for use not just by the most able, but by all.  It has been great to be here to witness the gym’s use for the first time and to see the enjoyment the children get from it.  Now, pass me my trainers…”


The cost for this phase of the project was £17,000 and the funding was achieved by a variety of different means.   The Big Lottery Fund awarded a total of £9,909 towards the cost.  The remainder of the balance was achieved through fundraising and donations.    Local company, Techman Engineering held an Open Day to raise money for the school.   Other donations were received from The Buffalos, Brookfield Badminton Club, Stanedge Golf Club, and a variety of individuals linked with the school.

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