Burnley company ESP Play is helping schools across Lancashire to improve their outdoor play areas thanks to increases in government funding.
Most schools with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium which this year has doubled. Schools with more than 17 pupils now receive £16,000 plus an additional £10 per pupil.
ESP, which has designed and installed over 3,000 play areas for children nationwide since being formed 15 years ago, has been working with schools in the county to help children get fit and healthy.
The company has worked with 40 schools across Lancashire implementing their ‘Multi-Skills Zones’ which come as a package with training, which is proven to make this intervention sustainable.
The extra funding for PE and sport in schools has been, in part, raised by the so called ‘Sugar Tax’ and must also have an impact on the Child Obesity strategy.
One local school to benefit has been Wellfield School in Burnley.
Helen Tyson – School Games Organiser for Burnley School Sports Partnership commented:
“The Multi-skills Zones offer children at all key stages the opportunity to practice, progress and perfect their fundamental movement skills which are transferable into all areas of learning”