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New £18m fund to improve primary school sports facilities

December 10, 2013

Having the space to play sport as a child is vital in ensuring that more young people are active and that is why we’re investing £18 million of National Lottery funding to improve primary school sports facilities.

We recently consulted around 3,000 primary schools and many of them told us that they have very little or no outside space therefore making it difficult for physical education (P.E.) or sports sessions to take place.

The Primary School Sport Facilities fund, which will help more schools create sports spaces, will be similar to our Inspired Facilities programme. Schools are expected to receive on average £30,000 to spend on a range of specially created packages which can be tailored to meet their needs.

The Fund will help provide outdoor multi-sport areas which can be used both within the curriculum and out of school hours. As well as helping provide sports facilities, staff and volunteers at the school will receive information on how best to use the new facilities and equipment to help children get active.

Selection of schools

Whilst we want to help as many schools as possible, priority will be given to those primary schools which currently have little or no outside space.

In February 2014 we will publish a simple set of selection criteria. The main points will be: 

  • The school must be able to show it has little or no outdoor P.E. and sports facilities, but that there is capacity for improvement. For example, a school may have a concrete playground that could be turned in to a multi-sport area.

  • The school needs to demonstrate a commitment to P.E. and sport

Between February and March 2014 schools which think they meet the criteria will be invited to submit an expression of interest via a very simple application form.  

From April and June 2014 we will assess the expressions of interest and select the schools which will receive funding.

By July 2014 we will have notified schools of our decisions and contractors will be ready to start work with them.  

 If you are interested in receiving further details when they become available in February, please send an email including your school’s postal and email addresses to