Barkisland Primary School pupils head down a brand new track

Barkisland Primary School pupils enjoy their new facility.
Barkisland Primary School pupils enjoy their new facility.

There's an extra spring in the step of Barkisland Primary School pupils after they were treated to a brand new running track.

The facility was officially launched during Sports Day, following months of tireless fundraising efforts.

School staff, governors and pupils unveil the running track.

School staff, governors and pupils unveil the running track.

The entire Barkisland Primary School community were instrumental in their efforts to raise the £75k needed to pay for the track. The School undertook various creative fundraising activities to secure the necessary funding, including a Tesco blue coin appeal and a track sponsorship event.

Additionally, National Grid donated £30k in total, with a chunk from their Bringing Energy to Life (BETL) community fund. The BETL scheme allows schools and community groups affected by works to apply for special grants. This grant was a result of on-going works across Halifax and Blackburn to regenerate 60km of overhead electricity lines

Becky Schofield, Head of Barkisland Primary School said:

“This running track is the result of an entire community effort! Everyone has been so supportive during our fundraising mission and it is great to see the track in use.

School staff, governors and pupils unveil the running track.

School staff, governors and pupils unveil the running track.

"Barkisland Primary would like to thank all those who participated in making this come true, it has been a fantastic effort by all.”

National Grid’s Project Manager, Stuart Grindle, said:

“We’re thrilled to see the children enjoying the track. It’s great to see first-hand what a meaningful difference our Bringing Energy to Life community fund can make.

"Any time we commence works we’re mindful of how it can impact the local community. Over the years, hundreds of children stand to benefit from the track and we hope it inspires a generation of athletes!”