Grange Primary School has received funding to open sports facilities to help the community to be more active

Press Release:

Communities in the Harlescott area will soon benefit from the chance to access more varied opportunities to be physically active, when Grange Primary School in Shrewsbury opens its doors outside of the normal school day for new or additional sport and physical activities.

A share of up to £57m worth of Opening School Facilities funding from the Department for Education has been invested to support schools across England. Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, has been working with local stakeholders to identify those communities and people that would most benefit from increased access to facilities to help them be more physically active.

Schools play a vital role in encouraging children and young people to be more active. This funding will enable Grange Primary to open up their facilities for children, young people and the wider community to access more opportunities to be physically active, before school, after school, during weekends, evenings and school holidays.

As well as supporting schools to provide more out of school opportunities for their school children and community users, priority will be given to projects encouraging women and girls to be more active, those that help disadvantaged communities and culturally diverse communities and for those supporting special educational needs, disabilities or long-term health conditions.

Charlie Summers, Headteacher of Grange Primary School said; “We are absolutely delighted to receive funding which will help us provide our families and the community with better opportunities to support an active and healthy lifestyle. Working with Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, we identified gaps within our community and school environment that could make a huge difference. These included a unique outdoor table tennis area – the first of its kind, that will be open to local schools, children, families and local community groups. Alongside this the funding has been planned to help develop the gymnastics resources at Grange Primary School and this will help children with SEND needs have more opportunities in physical education and school sport.”

Schools can use this funding to purchase equipment to deliver new or additional clubs, to train employees to obtain qualifications to deliver new or additional activities and to pay for activity deliverers to run the clubs. They can also use funding to open their school swimming pools for pupils, focusing on providing valuable swimming and water safety lessons during and outside the school day.

Posted by marchesadmin on 5th May 2023, under Uncategorised

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