Cycling, running and scooting on the new TigerTurf track at Pomaria Primary School – the students are enjoying physical exercise and learning essential safety skills on a level, non-slip surface.
Pomaria Primary School parents and staff
wanted the students to do more outdoor
physical exercise to improve their health and
fitness. The common problems of restricted
space, and a dry, dusty playing field in
summer, which became a soggy, muddy field
in winter, needed to be overcome so that the
school’s plan for a multi-function exercise area
could be developed.
The students love the new track. “Before we used to have plain grass and there were rocks, pebbles, stones and prickles and even holes in the ground” says Noah.
“Now I use the track for long distance running, fitness warm-up, athletics and cycling.” Examination of the site at Pomaria Primary School established the need for sub-soil drainage to keep the track dry and allow the field within the perimeter track to drain adequately.
A reliable drainage system was installed as part of the sub-base construction, with a dynamic base to support the new TigerTurf Trophy surface.
TigerTurf Trophy, a popular surface for school use, is an ideal surface for several sports, as well as being durable and low maintenance. “It’s flat and it doesn’t hurt your feet and you don’t trip over.” says Lily. The kids love that it’s safer too. “When I fall it’s a soft place and I don’t get hurt” says Niko. “I like having a bike track because it’s safe to ride on and we don’t crash into people, it’s also smooth to ride on” adds Lily.
A purpose-built container was installed to house bicycles and road safety equipment. The local police constable will be coming to the school to oversee the training programme and to encourage the students to maintain safe cycling practices.
The students are now enjoying regular outdoor activity, even in the winter, having fun practising their cycling skills, and learning how to be safe on the road. Fareed adds “I have been using the bike track for racing my friends around, it is softer than grass and when the grass got wet it got muddy.
When it was muddy we got wet and sometimes we slipped over”. Not any more Fareed; not any more!