CHILDREN have been spreading the love as they took part in a fitness event to mark Valentine’s Day.
Dressed in red or pink, the children from Titchfield Primary School have been getting fit in a bid to raise money for their school.
They took part in a series of different activities yesterday in their ‘Fitathon’ including Zumba, circuit training and french skipping.
And they finished by all gathering in the school playground in the shape of a heart.
Assistant headteacher Ashley Howard said: ‘We are trying to link our Fitathon which is a healthy schools exercise day, with Valentine’s Day.
‘It’s promoting healthy eating and exercise and a healthy lifestyle alongside the Olympics but raising the profile of the need to stay fit and healthy.
‘There are smiles on their faces. Some of the young ones want to do it again and that’s fantastic.’
The children started off the day with a big warm up, dancing to Gangnam Style and songs by Olly Murs and One Direction.
Pupil Ellie Cherrington, 10, said: ‘I thought it was really exciting. Outside we get lots of fresh air. It’s good because we get to keep fit at the same time.’
Harmony Storey, 7, added: ‘It was exciting. We have done lots of activities.
‘At the end we had a picture in a big heart shape. It was brilliant.’
Ness Curtis, chair of the PTA for the school, said: ‘We normally have a school Valentine’s disco but we thought we would do something different and a bit more healthy to get their hearts racing.
‘They have been sponsored to do it. It’s another way of raising money and it’s something different which is keeping them healthy.
‘It’s gone really well. The kids have loved it.’
The money will go towards improving land at the bottom of the school field to enable children to have more space to play. It also goes towards paying for school trips and swimming lessons for children.