£30,000 sports boost for school and community

Castle Hill School, Todmorden awarded �30k of funding to develop sports facilities at the site
Castle Hill School, Todmorden awarded �30k of funding to develop sports facilities at the site

A ‘crucial’ funding boost that will improve the sports facilities at a Todmorden school has been approved in a national scheme that aims to influence physical activity among children.

Castle Hill Primary School was granted £29,450 in funding as part of Sport England’s £18m National Lottery funded Primary School Facilities Fund that aims to make use of small spaces to inspire physical activity and improvehealth for children.

Janet Leggett, headteacher at Castle Hill, said: “It is such an exciting time here at Castle Hill at the moment.

“The funding for this project will allow our children to have a flat, safe area to play football, netball and other team sports. Every time I ask the children what they would like at Castle Hill, it is always a flat playground with a proper pitch.”

The work, which is set to be carried out next summer, will include a flat, enclosed games space that incorporates safety flooring and markings, shooting hoops and mini goals.

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 Castle Hill Primary to improve the spaces that will give children the space to start enjoying PE and sport.”

The fund is designed to help support schools that are in need of facility improvements that will be beneficial for both the pupils at the school and the local community, who will have access to the play area outside of school hours.

Lord Sebastian Coe, 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.

“This funding will provide better outdoor multi-activity play areas at Castle Hill Primary and I am convinced this will boost the opportunities for young people to be active.”