Pupils at Husborne Crawley Lower School have been getting a kick out of their new outdoor multi-sports area.
The school received a grant worth £30,000 to boost sports facilities there as part of Sport England’s £18 million lottery funded programme to improve primary play facilities across the country.
Husborne Crawley received backing from Central Bedfordshire Council to submit its application, which was approved in June last year.
Since it was built, pupils have been taking full advantage of the colourful outdoor court, which can be used for everything from basketball and football to hockey and cricket.
Headteacher Sue Isaacs said: “We are so thrilled with our new sports area – the new and brightly coloured multi-sports surface is a lot more forgiving than the old brick surface. This will build confidence in our youngsters and hopefully give them a love of sport to last them into adult life.”
Councillor Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “I am delighted to hear that pupils have been enjoying the new outdoor area, as it has obviously made a huge difference to sport and outdoor play at the school.
“Having great play spaces is really important if we want to get children interested in sport and physically active, and this is proof that this really does work.”
Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport, said: “We are delighted to have awarded the National Lottery funding to Husborne Crawley Lower School.
“When launching this fund, we knew there were currently many primary schools had little or no suitable outdoor space for PE or sport, making it difficult for teachers to deliver exciting and engaging lessons. “That is why this funding is so important because it gives young people the right places to play sport and be physically active which is crucial to their development.
“By giving children the space to take part in PE and play sport from an early age, we can help them establish a lifelong sporting habit that will also help them lead them to living healthy lifestyles.”