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Blog posted on 6th March 2017 by Steve Danby
The government has recently announced that schools across the UK are set to receive £415 million from a levy on sugary drinks in order to boost a healthier lifestyle. But what does this mean for you and how should you spend it?
The soft drinks industry levy that was announced in last year's Budget, is said to be allocated to schools up and down the country in 2018-19 as funding to help with facilities for physical exercise as well as mental health.
Speaking earlier this week, Education Secretary, Justine Greening, said that the Government are determined to tackle childhood obesity, inactive lifestyles and unhealthy eating. It's the most recent initiative to be launched by the Department of Education, which has said to be investing more than £1.3 billion into school breakfast clubs, free school meals and the PE and sports premium.
The levy itself was imposed on soft drinks and increases with the amount of sugar they have in them, resulting in a pot of money that will go towards improving health in schools.
All state-funded primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth forms will receive a chunk of the sports levy, but there will also be a bidding process in place for specific projects.
We have plenty of sports and fitness equipment that you could think about investing in. All of our equipment encourages children to not only interact together but improves their confidence, co-ordination and overall physical fitness.
Perhaps you'd like a brand new adventure trail? All our trimtrail and adventure trail equipment offers challenges of wobbles, climbs, traversing, balancing and swinging, as well as ascents and descents. We're extremely experienced in creating bespoke pieces of play equipment that offer challenges for all ability levels and ages, from nursery to young adults.
Our Adventure Trails can include any of the following:
We offer lots more products too, which you can find in our Adventure Trail products section, but we are also up for a good challenge, so will create a piece of play equipment totally bespoke to you, your specifications and the area you intend it to sit.
We develop and build tower systems and climbing equipment that are perfectly perfect for playground settings and school environments. This equipment will encourage children to stretch themselves physically and gain confidence. In fact, our climbing and adventure equipment is second to none.
Why not try some of the following:
Take a look at our other climbing and adventure products, all of which can be purposefully designed for your space.
Invest your sugar tax money in great sports and fitness equipment! We have many different products in this range, helping to tackle obesity head on and improve health across the UK.
These are just some of the pieces of equiment that we could install into your play scheme:
Check out our brand new activity space for all under £12k + VAT! Such a great way to make good use of your sugar tax funding. Installed onto your existing tarmac playground, you will get al of the following:
We can also help with other types of funding, so you don't just have to rely on the sugar tax to get the playground that you want. We have an expert team of bid writers who are amongst the best in the country and will give you the very best chance of a successful bid.
Still don't know how you want to spend this funding, or what it's about? We're more than happy to chat to you about the endless possibilities we have to transform your outdoor area, while increasing fitness levels in your school.