Delight as new sports facilities are unveiled

Ready to play: Headteacher Joyce Jenkins and pupils at Amble First School in the new playground.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Ready to play: Headteacher Joyce Jenkins and pupils at Amble First School in the new playground.'Picture by Jane Coltman
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New outdoor sports facilities have been unveiled at Amble First School, following a funding boost of nearly £30,000.

Children at the Edwin Street site are the grateful recipients of a colourful and modern sports area In the playground.

The facilities include a soft-surface sports pitch, with a range of markings for various games, goals and hoops and an activity track. A soft-surface play area has also been added to the site’s Edwin Street nursery.

The £29,600 grant came as part of Sport England’s £18million National Lottery-funded Primary School Facilities Fund, to help more schools 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.

Headteacher Joyce Jenkins said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity to improve sports provision here at Edwin Street.

“The age and location of our building means that access to dedicated sports facilities has been difficult in the past, but now we have been able to transform part of the school yard into a high-quality, attractive and stimulating sports space.

“This will help us to further achievement in PE and inspire more pupils to be more active in the future.

“The children absolutely love it and they are really excited about it. It means that we have got better facilities for the children to learn a range of different sports and games and they can do this more safely.”