PasSport to Health excites learners

2015-09-30 06:00
The third year Human Movement Science Students at NMMU reached out to the Adolph Schauder Primary School with their PasSport to Health project. Providing the learners with a place to play hopscotch, are from left, Lisa Benjamin, Henk Hayward, Hayley

The third year Human Movement Science Students at NMMU reached out to the Adolph Schauder Primary School with their PasSport to Health project. Providing the learners with a place to play hopscotch, are from left, Lisa Benjamin, Henk Hayward, Hayley

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THE sentiment “fitness is fun” was made true for the learners of the Adolph Schauder Primary School.

The primary school in Schauderville recently added physical training (P.T.) to their school curriculum, but a lack of facilities made the task monotonous and unexciting for the learners.

“We often had to make use of fields outside the school, because our school did not have the facilities nor the equipment available,” said teacher Theresa Shambell.

Now, thanks to the third year Human Movement Science students at NMMU, the learners have more than just sporting equipment to keep them active.

The students, who specialise in fitness, have now made it possible for these learners to implement fitness in a fun way. Since the beginning of the year, they have been working hard to secure sponsorships to make their PasSport to health project a reality.

“We had to raise a total of R15 000,” said Lisa Benjamin, the chairperson of the PasSport to Health project, while painting numbers for hopscotch. “It hasn’t been easy, but we are so glad to be here today,” she said on Friday, when the year’s efforts materialised.

The school also benefited with jungle gyms and monkey bar obstacle courses, which were sponsored by Windsor Forest Products. Sporting equipment like balls and jump ropes were also donated to ensure the fitness of the learners are maintained.

The principal of the school, Thomas Matthews, is extremely humbled by the efforts of the students. He feels that initiatives like PasSport to Health are excellent ways of not only promoting fitness, but to ensure that the younger generation still have the concept of playing outside.

“This will benefit them greatly and I’m sure learners will be very excited to come to school, because now they can play, learn and stay fit, all at the same time.”

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