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Local schools and groups including Newport C of E Primary School, Gurnard County Primary & Shalfleet Primary Schools are celebrating after receiving this year’s Active Kids equipment from Sainsbury’s.

In total 93 schools, groups and clubs local to Sainsbury’s Isle of Wight are registered to the scheme, which has helped to donate £407,585 worth of equipment across Isle of Wight  since the scheme began back in 2005.

Newport C of E Primary School was the top collecting organisation locally this year, collecting 34,546 vouchers. The School has been registered to the Active Kids scheme since  2005. Mr Seaward said:

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“Customers at Sainsbury’s Isle of Wight have been really supportive this year and it’s great to be the top collecting organisation in our area. The scheme has helped us teach the benefits of a healthier more active lifestyle to hundreds of children over the last few years and we’re really looking forward to getting active with this year’s equipment”.

Sainsbury’s Isle of Wight customers collected vouchers in-store between January and 20th May, earning one voucher for every £10 spent in supermarkets and £5 in convenience stores.

This September, practical cookery became compulsory for children up to Year 9 in the new national curriculum, published by the Department for Education. To support these key changes, over 100 new cookery and nutrition toolkits were added to the range of sports and cooking equipment.  Teacher resource toolkits, developed in collaboration with the British Nutritional Foundation and the Department of Education, will equip school children with the materials, ingredients and knowledge to learn the skills to lead healthier lives.

Nearly 53,000 schools, clubs and groups now signed up to benefit from their membership to Sainsbury’s Active Kids. This year alone, the scheme has delivered over £14 million worth of equipment and experiences to schools, clubs and organisations.

Active Kids Ambassador, Ellie Simmonds, said:

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“The new equipment will really help kids in Isle of Wight lead healthier and more active lifestyles. Being able to inspire kids to cook healthy meals is extremely important.”

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