With the possibility that some primary school students may be going back to school in June, those that might go back to one of our local schools are in for a real treat!
With the emphasis on using outdoor spaces as much as possible when the students do go back, Irlam Endowed School will have the use of an all new outdoor sports area in the shape of a fantastic multi use games area that is having the finishing installation touches added, ready for the students return.
Irlam Endowed School teacher Jude Scrutton said, “Irlam Endowed Primary School are always trying to improve the spaces in school to benefit their pupil’s physical education and their active play, the latest project has finally concluded with a large Astroturf MUGA or Multi Use Games Area.
This project has taken approximately 4-5 years to achieve and has involved numerous bid writing and fundraising. Some successful and some not. The MUGA is a large enough area for whole PE lessons and after school sessions to be taught regardless of the weather. It will also serve as a cheaper option for young community groups to use the MUGA and is part of the local governments commitments to open up council facilities for community groups.
This has been a long-term project and the children, especially the sports councillors, have helped the school drive the project and been part of the research and fundraising at all time. I am just hoping the current year 6 will be able to see this before July. It was due to be built in September but due to planning permission, waterlogged field and most recently Covid-19 it has been delayed. But it is now all but finished for whenever the children are safe to come back to school and I cannot wait to start using it. It will also be a big enough space to host some of the joint Irlam and Cadishead cluster of school’s festivals and tournaments. Some of the local grassroots sport’s clubs were also involved initially with establishing a need for a facility like this in the area and as such will be able to use this for some of their events and training. This will hopefully build even stronger links with the school and local clubs in the area.”
Jude Scrutton is pictured with Gareth Doe chairman of Irlam Vale Football Club and Paul Elliott secretary of Cadishead Rhinos Rugby Club on the new games area. Gareth said, “A fantastic facility for the District that we cannot wait to see being used.” Paul Elliott added, “A great asset to not only Irlam Endowed School but the community as a whole that will be used for many years to come.”
The funds raised for the MUGA is thanks to many charities including; The National Lottery, Salford CVS, The Sugar Tax Levy, Salford Communities Standing Together Grants, Irlam Rotary Club, the Hamilton Davies Trust and school funds.