The Waterproof and Wellies Project, part of The Outdoor Guide Foundation, is
raising £5m to provide State Primary Schools with outdoor clothing & wellie boots to
enable children to learn about and enjoy the outdoors.
Four Acres Academy, Withywood, is the first school to benefit from the Waterproof &
Wellies Project, launched by TV presenter Gemma Hunt from CBeebies.
Government figures show there are over 20,000 primary schools in the UK in which a
number of families do not have easy access to the right gear to enjoy the outdoors*. The project, part of The Outdoor Guide Foundation, aims to raise £5m to provide 10 sets of
high-quality outdoors kit, consisting of a waterproof jacket, trousers and welly boots to
every state primary school across the country over the next six years.
TV presenter Gemma Hunt from CBeebies, mother of a four-year-old daughter and outdoor
enthusiast, says, “I am thrilled to be supporting this and encouraging more children to get
outside. The kits provide the basic gear that will allow children to have wonderful outdoor
experiences when at school, whatever the weather!”
Headteacher of Four Acres Academy, Matthew Cave said: “When we have taken learning
outdoors we have seen amazing results – the children are engaged in the tasks, cooperate
brilliantly and really enjoy this part of their curriculum. We’re delighted to be working with
The Waterproof and Wellies Project, ensuring that all our children can experience the
benefits of playing and learning in the great outdoors.” Gina Bradbury Fox, co-founder of The Outdoor Guide (TOG), said: “Lack of access to weatherproof clothing is a real barrier for children engaging in outdoor learning. The
Waterproof and Wellies Project aims to democratise access to the great outdoors by
donating 10 kits to every state primary school in Britain, meaning all kids can join their
classmates for fun, fresh air and adventures in nature. “
Keep Britain Tidy, a partner of The Outdoor Guide, donated litter pickers and reusable TOG
litter bags to Four Acres Academy, encouraging children to care for the world around them
and keep their local area clean and ready for play as part of their Great British Spring Clean
campaign which aims to encourage everyone to pick up litter.