Archbishop Wake Primary School opens new running track for pupils

Pupils at Archbishop Wake CE Primary School in Dorset are getting fit by taking part in the Daily Mile initiative, thanks to the opening of a new running track made of artificial grass.

Installed by Countrywide grounds maintenance over the summer holidays, the school wanted an all-weather artificial surface that could be used throughout the year, offered good shock absorption and would stand the test of time with excessive use.

The track was created in just two weeks with a team of four Countrywide contractors spending over 400 man hours. A quarter of a mile of artificial grass was laid over 120 tonnes of aggregate for the sub-base and then covered with 20 tonnes of sand to level it. A turquoise coloured grass was chosen to enable the pupils to easily see the track.

Pupils at the school are now able to use the new running track to complete their Daily Mile, a
national initiative to help pupils get fit by jogging each day. The track, which can be used by
pupils, parents and staff, is also used in PE lessons and sporting events held at the school.
Karen Renwick, Head of PE at Archbishop Wake CE Primary School, said: “It is a wonderful
addition to our grounds which will help everyone to stay fit and healthy. We believe healthy bodies support healthy minds, which supports learning. The Daily Mile is already enjoyed by
many of our pupils at Archbishop Wake and we are looking forward to developing it’s use
throughout the year.”

“We chose Countrywide to complete the work for us due to its competitive quote and ongoing grounds work at the school, which are consistently carried out to a high standard,” she added.

George Beaty, Regional Manager of Countrywide Dorset, was delighted to win the contract with Archbishop Wake, adding; “It was hugely exciting to win this project and to develop such a key resource for the school to help improve the pupils’ health and fitness. We chose artificial grass from Perfectly Green for the track surface as it provides a clean and dry environment for the children all year round, as well as a non-abrasive, soft and cushioned surface, which is highly durable, resistant and requires minimal maintenance. We hope the track will be appreciated for many years to come.”

For further information about Countrywide Dorset and the services it offers, visit Countrywide
Grounds Dorset or telephone 07927 716 614.