We would like to install a Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) within an area of the school grounds that is currently non-developed and not suitable for children to play on, or to use for sports.
The MUGA will provide a new all weather sports area that can be used by our school and pre-school children of all ages, whatever the weather. This will be used every day during breaktimes and PE lessons. A timetable will be put in place to ensure that every child gets to use the MUGA.
The area of ground where the MUGA will be situated used to house our trim trail that was built over astro turf. This was used by the children throughout the year as the ground was an all weather surface. Unfortunately the trim trail, that was over 10 years old, was condemned during the last play equipment inspection, due to being rotten and unsafe for children to use. As the equipment was beyond repair, we had no choice but to remove it. Shortly after this, the astro turf on the remaining ground was severely damaged during a storm and also had to be removed for safety reasons. This has left an area of ground that is not in a condition suitable to be used by the children for exercise or for play.
This ground can be seen in the photograph below, along with a graphic showing the corresponding proposed location of the MUGA:
The Need For This Project
The impact of COVID on the Health and Well-bring of Children
Prior to the COVID Pandemic, Children’s mental health and well-being was of concern. However, the pandemic has undoubtedly exasperated the issue. We believe that we have a duty to address some of the issues raised by organisations such as the Children’s Society and BBC Children In Need referenced below:
The Limitation of Outdoor Space
Due to the expansion of our school during recent years, any outdoor space and play equipment that we do have is becoming increasingly crowded by the children during breaktimes. The field can get waterlogged during the winter months so the children are limited to the playground areas for a lot of the year.
Advice from the NHS states that children need to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Being active also helps with mental health. Evidence shows that children and young people who are more active have more confidence, higher self-esteem, less anxiety and stress, and better social skills – attributes that can help them deal with the challenges they face in daily life. Having a positive attitude towards physical activity has also been associated with children being happier.
The MUGA Specification
The fenced MUGA area will measure 24M X 12M and will have a multi-sport surfacing, providing a new sports area that can be used by our school and pre-school children of all ages, whatever the weather.
It will have red and yellow pitch markings for hockey, football and netball, blue and red goal ends and 2 netball sockets with posts.
Adjacent to the MUGA there will be an an area of astro-turf, allowing easy access, as well as further all weather play space. This will transform the existing area and provide an exciting outdoor environment for the children.
This Crowdfunder appeal forms part of the school’s fundraising efforts. We have set aside some money from the school’s delegated funds and are hoping to also ask the children to participate in some fundraising activities now that Covid restrictions have eased.
Our hugely supportive Parent Teacher Association (PTA), who put fantastic efforts into raising additional funds to be used to enhance the children’s school experience, have also offered their support.
How you can help
Our aim for this Crowdfunding campaign is to raise £15,000 towards the project.
If you have ever been part of our school community, or plan to be in the future, please can you consider digging deep and helping us reach our goal?
Every donation received will be very much appreciated and will make a huge difference.
We hope that with the support of our fantastic school community we can reach our goal and install the MUGA during the Summer holidays this year.
We truly believe that every donation will make a difference. Your donations will be a massive support for us.
Please PLEDGE YOUR DONATION and spread the word to your friends, family and business contacts by email and social media (Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc).
Thank you for your support.