A heartwarming video urging people to help make children’s dreams of swinging through the trees like Tarzan come true has been given a giant thumbs up.
Energetic children at Kingsley Community Primary School want to transform an ‘unloved’ wild area into an outdoor gym and community space complete with rope ladders, swinging tyres and climbing nets.
But, despite costing an estimated £50,000, the pupils could be closer to their healthy vision after getting over 13,000 votes (as of January 13) in a competition to secure a giant pot of money.
The Year 6 children, whose heartfelt and humorous plea has tugged at the heartstrings of viewers, are currently within reach of a £15,000 grant from Active Cheshire. The sum is part of a competition celebrating the 25-year anniversary of the sporting body.
The lump sum would help set the school on their mission to transform the outdoor area as part of a three-year development plan, described as ‘extremely exciting’ by the school’s new headteacher Sarah Harrison.
Set in the currently unloved ‘wild area’ the children turn storytellers, reading from a giant book during the lighthearted and energetic tale of their dream of a space with an outdoor gym, orienteering trail, and a stage for plays.
At the start of the video – which lasts more than seven minutes and enlists the help of parents, governors, local scouts and teachers – a child, named George, yawns and stretches as he awakes from a deep sleep before telling the excited group about a dream.
“I just had the most fantastic dream, I was climbing through trees, swinging from ropes – I was at school,” he says during the performance littered with oohs and ahhs from the gathered crowd.
“I was sheltering in a wooden den built entirely by Year 6, and yes, I was at school! I was scaling a rope ladder with my dad, exercising on the outdoor gym equipment with my mum and then I was doing an competition with my Scout group, and yes, I was still at school!
“But then, I woke up.”
The children, who all play an active role in the video, enthusiastically explain the dream could be a reality if they could secure the funds from Active Cheshire to help kick start three years of fundraising.
Active Cheshire say their aim is to get 50,000 people more active more often by 2017 and Kingsley Primary School is just one 12 entries for the £15,000.
The children, who all play active parts in the video, are shown interviewing Mrs Harrison and site manager Bobby Sutton.
Mrs Harrison said: “As the new head of Kingsley Community Primary, I am extremely excited about the opportunities and plans we have in place.
“Our plan for our outside space will bring the whole community together and provide the children of our school with a fantastic learning resource. The ‘Kingsley Goes Wild’ area will develop a multitude of skills and allow the children a safe, inspiring alternative outdoor classroom.”
To vote for Kingsley CP School for the prize visit the Active Cheshire website.