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A long walk for new fitness suite at St John Fisher Catholic High School

One thousand, four hundred St John Fisher Catholic High School students will take to the roads around Harrogate on 29th March to raise money for the school’s brand new fitness suite. The purpose-built facility, which is expected to cost in the region of £150K, will include a dedicated GCSE and A level PE and Sports Science classroom and a fully equipped fitness suite that can be used by all students.

All St John Fisher students (subject to parental approval) aged from 11-18 will take part in the ten mile sponsored walk, which will take place during school hours. The route will be advised shortly. Although the walk will be marshalled by volunteers and supported by the police, organisers Liz Crichton and Sarah Nightingale are urging motorists to take extra care on the roads between 9am and 4pm.




Mrs Crichton and Mrs Nightingale said:

The aim of the day is to have a great community experience, but also to raise money to enhance our sports offering.

The mezzanine floor in the sports hall, which is currently being used only for table tennis and storage, will be transformed into a top class sports facility that everyone can enjoy.

St John Fisher has a tremendous reputation for success in sports, with football, gymnastic, athletic, cricket and racket sports teams consistently achieving high levels in regional and national competitions. Building a fitness suite reflects our commitment to providing a holistic and stimulating education; empowering students with the opportunity to progress academically, physically and spiritually.

The school will cover the building costs (£115K), using a combination of its capital grant and a development fund that is supported by parental donations. The cost of the fitness equipment (around £35K) will be met by the school budget, the St John Fisher Association and fundraising. It is hoped that the sponsored walk will raise half the revenue required for the equipment, and some of the money raised will support charities.

The school is hoping for additional sponsorship from local companies and sports equipment manufacturers. Anyone who can help out should contact Mrs Crichton or Mrs Nightingale on 01423 881056 or

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