Maryport pupils saddle up for PE class
Last updated at 12:14, Friday, 15 November 2013
Pupils from a Maryport school are swapping football and rugby for horse riding as part of their PE lessons.
Every Friday, eight students from Ewanrigg Junior School have their PE lessons at Cumberland Lodge Riding School in Winscales, Workington.
Lessons involve pupils learning how to ride and take care of the horses.
The pupils receive certificates each week to keep track of their achievements.
Teacher Lisa Gracey said the school had asked the pupils what sports they would like to do in PE lessons and horse riding was one they picked.
She then approached the riding school to see if they would be interested in opening it up for school lessons.
Mrs Gracey said: “Some of the children are a bit nervous when they come but once they get going they start to relax and get into it.
“It’s an activity that’s getting them outside and doing something they wouldn’t have an opportunity to do themselves.”
Rachel Parker, who runs the riding school with her mother Carol, said: “It’s a new experience for most of the pupils. The kids love it and really enjoy riding and grooming the horses.”
First published at 12:01, Friday, 15 November 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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