Wednesday 7 October 2015

A SHEFFIELD primary school is urging people to get behind them to vote for funding of up to £25,000 to build an adventure playground at their school.

Gleadless Primary School is going head to head with community projects across the country – including proposals to plant flower beds in Tyneside to revamping an outdoor swimming pool in Essex – in order to secure funding for their project.

They say the adventure playground will be hugely beneficial in terms of promoting healthy lifestyles for not only their pupils but also the wider community.

Without any other way of securing the much needed finances to bring this project to life, they have put themselves forward for a OneFamily Foundation community award, where nominated projects can scoop awards up to £25,000. Voting for all projects is open from this week for a month.

Now the school is urging everyone to get behind them and vote. The more votes they have the more chance they have of winning the cash prize.

Lesley Wright, Head of School, said: “The project will benefit the whole school and community offering children the opportunity to engage in new ways of learning through physical activities. The school is committed to educating all our children on the benefit of a healthy lifestyle and exercise and the adventure playground will offer exciting ways of exercising.

“A healthy lifestyle is so important and the earlier we can encourage all children to be active the better.

“The school has no additional financial resources to help fund this project. We want to develop a range of activities that will benefit all our children from three to 11 years old. Using the award towards creating an adventure playground will showcase to all the children the importance of exercise.

“Not all children have the opportunity to go to parks. So the playground will offer all our children opportunities to explore and engage in different forms of learning. Keeping healthy is very important and this project will offer fun ways in achieving this goal and allowing children to play and learn together in a safe environment.”

Having the adventure play playground would mean the school could offer a range of activities that would enable the children to develop a range of physical skills

The school also wants to host community days where it will offer activities to the wider community by sharing the adventure playground with local residents.

Currently the pupils are just able to play in a limited useable space, which lacks any ropes or swings for children to enjoy. The children would love to have a range of equipment, including climbing activities and tower blocks with slides.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families added: “I urge everyone to vote for this project, and make this scheme a winner. The adventure playground is a great project and will enable pupils and the local community to achieve a healthy lifestyle which in turn will help them achieve well in school and in their futures. I know I’ll be voting for it and hope the school is successful.”

The OneFamily Foundation helps fund community projects that really matter to communities. Community Awards are available for projects put forward by customers to improve their community and make a difference in their local area.

For this round of Community Awards there is one award of £25,000 and four awards of £5,000 available in each of the four categories.

The OneFamily Foundation have already helped over 400 customers make a difference to over 36,000 people in their communities across the country with awards worth up to £25,000.

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