Portishead school nets new sports equipment from Sainsbury’s

High Down Junior School pupils with the new equipment.

High Down Junior School pupils with the new equipment. - Credit: Archant

New sports equipment has been delivered to a Portishead primary school thanks to a supermarket’s voucher scheme.

Parents and shoppers who have visited Sainsbury’s in recent months have been collecting vouchers and it has benefitted High Down Junior School.

The vouchers the school was able to obtain have been cashed in and it has now taken delivery of its new balls, goals and hockey sticks.

Headteacher Andreya Cowan said: “Customers at Sainsbury’s Portishead have been really supportive this year and it’s great that we’ve received so many vouchers.

“The scheme has helped us teach the benefits of a healthier more active lifestyle to hundreds of children over the past few years and we’re really looking forward to using the new equipment.”

Sainsbury’s Active Kids programme has been used by the school since 2011 and the vouchers were available to collect from January to May.

Robin Ireland, store manager at Sainsbury’s Portishead said it was good to see the children benefitting from the scheme.

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He said: “We really enjoyed spending time at High Down and it was great to see how the new equipment is going to benefit all of the children.

“Over the past few years our customers have played a massive part in ensuring we continue to encourage all children, regardless of ability, to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.”

Nationally, since the scheme began in 2005, almost 48,000 organisations have received more than £170million worth of sports equipment.