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June 19, 2014
£18m of National Lottery funding has today been awarded to primary schools across England to help more children get active.
The investment from our Primary Spaces Facilities Fund will enable 601 schools to improve their outdoor facilities and create spaces that will inspire and encourage pupils to take part in play.
Many of the schools that will benefit from the grants of up to £30,000 have very little outside space that is suitable for their pupils to play on. This funding will allow them to install colourful features like bouldering walls, activity tracks and ball hoops. These facilities will allow the schools to not only run better P.E. lessons but also increase activities at break-times and open up their playgrounds to the community.
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 into these schools to improve the areas 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 schools across the country 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.
The fund builds on and complements the Government’s commitment of over £450 million to schools until 2016 under the Primary PE and Sport Premium.
We are running Primary Spaces in partnership with the Department for Education, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; the Department of Health, Cabinet Office; the Association for Physical Education; the County Sports Partnership Network and the Youth Sport Trust.
Schools which will recieve funding:
Broughton Moor Primary Schoo,l Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, South Walney Junior School, Chapel Street Infants and Nursery School, Stanwix Primary School, Crosby on Eden C of E Primary School, St James Catholic Primary School, Waberthwaite C of E primary Clifton Primary School, North Lakes School, Beetham CE Primary School, Milnthorpe Primary School, Dean Barwick Primary School, Cartmel C E Primary School, St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School and Crosthwaite Church of England Primary School