Andover School Children Get More ActiveSchoolchildren from one of Andover’s primary schools swapped the classroom for a day of fun and team building aimed at getting young people more active.

Youngsters from Vigo Junior School spent the time at Andover Leisure Centre scaling the super-high climbing wall, racing go-karts, bouncing on trampolines and doing team challenges as part of the Valley Leisure school’s activity day.

A recent report by UK Active revealed that only half of seven-year-olds in England are active for the recommended hour a day, which in Test Valley has prompted schools and Valley Leisure to work together to encourage children to enjoy sports both in lessons and after school.

Vigo School and Valley Leisure, which runs the leisure centre on behalf of Test Valley Borough Council, organised a fun day out for the children to keep them active and give them the chance to try new sports outside of their PE lessons.

And they truly embraced the opportunity.

David Chubinitze, one of the pupils, said: “It was a really fun day out of school. I was really surprised by all the different activities we were able to do. My favourite was the go-karting.”

Valley Leisure routinely runs a variety of activities to get children active. This includes fun swimming sessions with slides and inflatables, teen fitness activities, youth gym memberships and school holiday camps.

For more information see the Valley Leisure web site at

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