Linwood Ave School Fitness Trail Project a Huge Success

Sep 3, 2016

Earlier in the year Shearerbuilt caught wind of a proposal that a group of the students at Linwood Ave School had put forward to the teachers for a new fitness trail. 

We decided to check out the plans, the plans looked good so we contacted some of our main contractors to see if they were keen to chip in on what was to be the coolest new fitness trail in Christchurch. 

We were completely blown away by the support of our contractors and suppliers that got behind us and helped make the project a huge success.

Please also check out the article below from Metropol and all the images from opening day which included some very special guests. 

Click image below to view more images from the day

Article as featured on page 61 of Metropol Magazine

The fitness track was the idea of Year Five and Six students from Linwood Avenue School, as part of the Healthy Heroes Programme which looks at how to stay healthy through exercise and health habits. The students developed their idea into a conceptual design, with the team at Shearerbuilt working to turn it into a physical reality.


The opening day was a celebration for all those involved, including special guests the Vodafone Warriors and Beau Ryan from The Footy Show fame. Official ribbon cutting quickly gave way to races around the track – exercise, laughter and most importantly lots of fun.


“It’s a fantastic resource for us to have. It has cool features that stretch the students in terms of confidence and ability, and fosters physical activity,” says principal Gerard Direen, with the fitness track an idea that the school had been discussing for the past couple of years. “He made it happen – I can’t speak highly enough of the contribution made by Simon and the many businesses involved.”


For directors Simon, and Paul Turner, and the entire Shearerbuilt team, the fitness track provided the perfect opportunity to give back to the community they work in. Shearerbuilt partnered up with an architect, sub-contractors and suppliers that the business regularly works with, all giving their time and materials to construct something special for the school.


“We are really thankful that they all wanted to be involved in the project,” says Simon. “It is a testament to the great relationships that we have formed since the company was founded in 2007.”


Obstacles for the fitness course were constructed on-site at Shearerbuilt, with staff giving their time and expertise to complete the work over a short time frame. The entire course was set up at the school over a couple of days, and included obstacles such as crawl nets, tyres to run through, parallel bars, stepping logs and a climbing wall, to name a few.


“It was a special opportunity for us to roll up our sleeves and to meet the children,” says Simon, whose role as director sees him more often in the office than out on the tools. “I enjoyed being able to work alongside the rest of the team and it was great for us as a business to see our company values shining through.”


This year has been the busiest yet for Shearerbuilt, with the company specialising in major renovations, multi-unit builds, and commercial and residential construction.

“We pride ourselves on being versatile,” says Simon.


Written by Rachel Smith 

Image credit – Handmade Photography

Thank you to the local businesses that helped make it happen. 




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