Above, Shannon Munro, 10, of Sedgeford School, Freya Kitt, 8, of Brancaster, Lily Howe, 8, and Cameron Ramshaw, 7, both of Docking with the scooter. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

Youngsters in Docking enjoyed zooming around the playground during the launch of their school’s new Scoot to School initiative.

The St Mary Federation of schools has purchased 40 new scooters, with matching helmets, as part of a health-kick aimed at getting kids to get active on their way to and from school.

The scooters and helmets will be loaned out to children to use on their journeys.

They will also be used once a week at the school, with courses set-up in the playground on Fridays when the children have an extended playtime.

Jacqui Easter, PE lead at the federation, said: “We want to get them out in the fresh air and scooting is fun and exciting to do with friends.”

The St Mary Federation includes primary schools in Docking, Brancaster and Sedgeford, and children representing the other two schools were also present at the launch.

Pupils were divided into age groups and rode on one of three courses set up in the playground.

“They absolutely loved it,” said Mrs Easter.

The equipment was purchased using the Sports Premium government grant and came from Surf 55 in Gaywood.

“I’d like to thank Tony at Surf 55 as he was really helpful in helping us to select the right scooters, helmets and ramps,” added Mrs Easter.