Plans approved for school's all weather sports pitch

Alderley Edge Community Primary School has been granted planning application to build an artificial grass sports pitch to support the PE curriculum and help the pupils have happy and healthy futures.

Building a Multi- Use Games Area (MUGA) on the school playing field will will provide a space for all-year round play and sporting activities for the children, irrespective of the weather. The pitch will also have markings for different sports and the additional facilities.

Mrs Walsh, Head Teacher, said, "The benefits to AECPS and the wider community in building a MUGA are numerous, including:

• Improved year-round sports facilities for the school

• Improved opportunities for outside play; reducing over-crowding on the playground

• Improved inclusivity; suitable for wheelchair users and children with additional needs

• Allows the school to provide a far wider variety of sports for all children and abilities

• It opens up the use of the school hall for activities such as music and drama which can otherwise be compromised when the weather is inclement

• Improved physical and mental wellbeing; by encouraging enjoyment and participation in varied physical activities

• Provides a safe place for community groups such as charity groups, sports clubs, after school clubs and holiday clubs.

"Due to the delay in planning, the school are having to re-engage with contractors to obtain updated quotes for the MUGA and hope that it can be built as soon as possible.

"We would like to express our sincere thanks from our parent body and the wider Alderley Edge Community who have generously made financial donations to our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to enable this project to take place. Our children are very excited about the prospect of their own all weather pitch and cannot wait to start using it on a regular basis. "

Alderley Edge Community Primary School