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Sainsbury's - Gurnard Primary AK SchemeLocal schools and groups including St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, 1st Wootton Scout group and Northwood Primary school are celebrating after receiving this year’s Active Kids equipment.

In total 89 schools, groups and clubs are registered to the scheme, which has helped to donated £397,413 worth of equipment across the Isle of Wight since the scheme began in 2005.

Newport C of E Primary was the top collecting organisation this year, collecting £37,069. The school has been registered to the Active Kids scheme since 2005.

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Sainsbury’s customers collected vouchers in-store between 30th January and 22nd May, earning 1 voucher for every £10 spent. Schools, groups and clubs including Gurnard County Primary who collected 33,001 and Carisbrooke C of E who collected 25,455 have recently received their order of this year’s equipment.

Sainsbury’s Newport Store Manager Paul Dyer said:

“We’re looking forward to congratulating our customers and participating schools, groups and clubs. The scheme really has grown over the last nine years and our customers have played a massive part in ensuring we continue to encourage all children, regardless of ability, to lead healthier, more active lifestyles”.

The desire by young people to get active and follow in the footsteps of their sporting heroes is echoed by a new survey of young people from the Youth Sport Trust, a partner of the retailer, as part of its Lead Your Generation campaign. The results show that:

  • Nearly two thirds (64%) of 11-18 year olds are still inspired by Team GB’s performance at London 2012
  • Well over half (60%) believe schools and young people should play a leading role in delivering an Olympic and Paralympic legacy
  • More than two thirds (67%) believe taking part in PE helps them perform better in school

Global superstar David Beckham became an Active Kids ambassador in 2011. David said:

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“I’m passionate about inspiring kids to try a new sport and that’s exactly what Active Kids is all about – encouraging kids to try, and hopefully really enjoy, something new. Well done to all those schools, groups and clubs across the Isle of Wight for taking part this year and I hope they enjoy their new equipment”.

Photographed from left to right (Gurnard Primary School):

Top: Tanya Blake (Sainsbury’s Newport), William Bradley (5), Elize Hallam (7), Jacob Thomas (5), Elsie March (6), Jamie Smith (9), Rosie Baker (Sainsbury’s West Cowes)

Bottom row: Felix Duber (9), Eden Boorman (9), James Watson (6), Caitlyn Priddle (10), Freya Bently (7)

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