SPECIAL guests were on hand to help a Winchester school celebrate the opening of its new outdoor gym facilities.

Weeke Primary School welcomed Steve Brine MP, Alex Georgiou and Harry Flett, who form part of the Energise Me Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme.

The morning started with Alex and Harry sharing their sporting journeys. He spoke to years 4, 5 and 6 about his successes in hockey and rugby, along with being a member of the regional performance centre for England.

Later he presented to Year 2 about his journey, hurdles he has overcome, training and successes; he is in the top 10 in the country.

Rob Harrison, business manager said: “The presentation by Alex and Harry was inspirational to the pupils, and staff. They spoke about their journey so far and their aspirations moving forward. They were both level headed, and grateful for the opportunities they have had. We wish them the very best in their sporting careers, and thank you for taking the time to come and see us on this special occasion.”

The project was made possible following a successful grant application to the National Lottery Community Fund last year.

And headteacher Jonathan Kirkham said: “Since the installation of the outdoor gym, the children have responded so positively to it, whether it be the beginning of the day or a lunchtime they are always on it and active. I am so pleased that we can continue to support the children’s health and well-being with the support of funds such as the Lottery. A memorable opening ceremony, thanks to the young sports personalities who visited.”

MP Steve Brine found out how these facilities have improved break and lunchtime at the school. Mr Brine added: “I was delighted to meet Mr Kirkham this morning and see the new outdoor gym equipment for myself. I am sure this equipment will be a big hit with the kids. I only wish we would has this at my primary school.”