Pupils’ £30k boost to play

Husborne Crawley Lower School celebrate a cash windfall of �30k from Sport England.
Husborne Crawley Lower School celebrate a cash windfall of �30k from Sport England.

There will be no more jumpers for goal posts in a lower school playground thanks to a £30,000 grant to upgrade its outdoor sports facilities.

Husborne Crawley Lower School was awarded the money as part of Sport England’s £18million lottery-funded programme to improve primary school play areas across the country.

Head teacher Sue Isaacs said: “We have a very small outside play area here and the funding will mean we can totally transform our playground into a state of the art sports facility, giving a wonderful opportunity to all our pupils.”

Sport England contractors will carry out the work, which will include laying a new multi-activity surface with games markings across the whole playground.

They will also instal a traversing boulder wall, a new storage unit for sports equipment and basket ball hoops and goals.

The investment is designed to support those schools in the greatest need of improvements. It will also benefit Husborne Crawley residents, who will be able to use the play area outside school hours.

Ms Isaacs said: “The plans look amazing, and it’s brilliant for the village. I have been in touch with the parish council to see how best to promote it. I hope people will be able to use the basketball hoops and five-a-side goals outside school hours.”

She added: “We trust people to use it sensibly. Most of the older children and teenagers in the village attended the school and still support it by coming to fetes and functions. They will look after it.”

Sport England will arrange for their own contractors to contact the school and arrange a date for the work to commence.

The application for the grant was submitted by the school with the permission of Central Bedfordshire Council and the support of those who assist the children with PE and sports activities.

The grant is aimed at schools which have limited space for sport.

Central Bedfordshire Council executive member for children’s services Cllr Mark Versallion said: “It’s excellent news that these three local schools have secured this funding.

“Having great play spaces is really important in encouraging our youngsters to keep physically active and enjoy sport. I look forward to seeing the finished projects in the months to come.”