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This month, Alan Kitts attended the opening of a Primary Spaces playground that we installed at Palterton Primary School in Derbyshire, which was just one of the 82 projects that we won this year.
The special event was attended by none other than the mascot for Chesterfield FC, Chester the Fieldmouse, and was accompanied by students of the school who performed once the ribbon was cut.
After winning funding to transform their outdoor space as part of Sport England's Primary Spaces fund, the school could not wait to get started, and we were appointed to work our magic.
The Primary Spaces fund was conceived when Sport England and The National Lottery came together in 2014, making hefty investments of £1.8m and £18m respectively, to improve primary school Physical Education, sport and activity facilities. This was done after conducted research from visits to approximately 3,000 primary schools the United Kingdom established that there was a need to help primary schools to enhance their outdoor play areas.
Playscheme were thrilled to get involved with the project at Palterton Primary School, who won the Champion School in Sport 2014/2015, and along with the amazing direction from the school, we designed and tailor-made a playground that provided solutions to their existing problems, was bespoke to their needs, and made sensible use of the existing space.
Installing two separate bouldering walls, 'hands & numbers' and 'jump & reach' activity panels, a meander trail and an (Multi-Use Games) Outdoor Sports Activity Area which incorporates markings that cover a range of activities, as well as a huge wall mounted target. The school also had a hybrid version of the PS3 with a mixture of both metal and timber fencing.
As a small village school, the high quality facilities funded from the Primary Spaces grant enabled the school to reach out and deliver new, varied and exciting sporting opportunities for their children.
Ros Horsley, Headteacher at the school said of the project: "Our previous facilities limited our capacity to teach the fundamentals of PE and tackle the health agenda that is so vitally important in an age where the children are too readily entertained by screen based activities. The facilities have also enabled us to enhance and increase our capacity for developing children's leadership skills at lunch and play times as our 'sporting crew' plan and lead different physical activities during the week.
This project was a win for all involved but the longest lasting impact will be on the future lives of the children in our school."
If you like what you see and would like us to come and show you what we could do to transform your play space, then please do get in touch with us on 01904 607677 or firstname.lastname@example.org