Ritchie and Federici surprised the excited pupils as they visited the school to cut the ribbon alongside Rachel Lambon and Adam Dean of Christchurch Tennis Facility and Frank Hunt and Emily Gard of Mudeford Phoenix Ladies FC.
The new and improved Trim Trail has been funded by the tremendous efforts of the school’s PTA along with Sovereign Housing Association who joined in the celebrations.
The new equipment was constructed by local Southbourne experienced family business Reformed Plastics (UK) Ltd, who worked closely with the school to design and build the new exercise equipment.
“It is awesome to have such support from local schoolchildren," explained Federici.
"We are delighted to be here in the community encouraging them to keep fit with their new Trim Trail.
"Many of us started out playing football in the playground at school and it is a key way for keeping children active, hopefully this new addition can help with that."
St Joseph's Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Miccoli, also commented: “It was a privilege to welcome Matt Ritchie and Adam Federici who are at the height of their career and will inspire our young children to take part in sport and to keep fit.
"We are also delighted to have Christchurch Tennis and Mudeford Phoenix Ladies FC with us today as they are deeply involved promoting sport in our school.
"The opening of the new Trim Trail will provide the children with a greater range of activity outside of their class time and continue to help make their play fun and competitive.”