Clifton School is set for a major boost after it was successful in gaining £30,000 to develop new outdoor sports facilities.
The funding is part of Sport England’s £18m National Lottery funded Primary School Facilities Fund which is helping more schools to provide outdoor multi-activity play areas across the country.
The investment is designed to support those schools which are in greatest need of facility improvements and will benefit both pupils at the school and the local community who will have access outside school hours.
At Clifton the new investment will go towards improving the lower playground by providing a new specialist area suitable for a wide range of sports, games and other activities.
Roy Chambers, the Headteacher, said: “We are very grateful to have such a superb facility in our school. This will improve the level and kinds of sports we can offer children. It will also be a wonderful community asset that can be used by clubs for many years to come.”
Nick Bitel, Sport England Chair, said: “Having the right space to play sport and be physically active as a child is vitally important. We are delighted to be investing this funding in Clifton School to improve the spaces that will give children the space to start enjoying PE and sport.”
Sebastian Coe, CH KBE, the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador, added: “A positive first experience of PE and sport at primary school is crucial to encouraging young people to be active throughout their lives, but for those schools with little or no outside space this can be extremely challenging to deliver.
“This funding will provide better outdoor multi-activity play areas at Clifton that can be used both within the curriculum and outside school hours by local communities. I am convinced this will boost the opportunities for young people to be physically active.”
This fund builds on and complements the Government’s commitment of over £450 million to schools until 2016 under the Primary PE and Sport Premium.