Primary school nets £30k jackpot to fund play area for whole community


Frithville Primary School is celebrating a £30,000 cash jackpot to develop new outdoor sports facilities at its site.

The money will benefit both the school and the local community, who will have access to the facilities outside school hours.

Developments are set to introduce an 18m x 10m games space with safety flooring and floor markings, end enclosures, hoop and back panel, mini goal and graphics panel.

The funding is part of Sport England’s £18 million National Lottery funded Primary School Facilities Fund which aims to help schools to provide outdoor multi-activity play areas across the country.

It also seeks to develop a sporting habit among pupils for life.

Headteacher Paul Bargh said: “Physical education is one of the most important subjects taught in primary schools.

“Getting children out in the fresh air gives them the opportunity to discover which sports they like - and perhaps most importantly - encourages a greater focus on health and fitness, helping the UK’s fight against obesity.”

Mark Simmonds, MP for Boston and Skegness, welcomed the news of the funding - the maximum grant available from Sport England.

He said: “This is great news for teachers and pupils at Frithville Primary School.

“Children in Lincolnshire deserve the opportunity to take part in outdoor sports and experience all the benefits of team sports and competitive activity.

“It is a credit to the school that they have been awarded the maximum amount of funding from Sport England.

“I look forward to visiting the school and seeing the finished project.”

The fund is part of the Government’s commitment of more than £450 million to schools until 2016 under the Primary PE and Sport Premium.