School wins £30k boost for outdoor sports area

Sports boost: A �30K Lotto grant will enable  St Teresa's Catholic Primary School  to run extra netball classes says headteacher Lynsey Ankers, below
Sports boost: A �30K Lotto grant will enable St Teresa's Catholic Primary School to run extra netball classes says headteacher Lynsey Ankers, below
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Young sportsmen and women at a Blackpool school have won a cash boost to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds to develop sports facilities.

St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, in Cleveleys, has been given £30,000 from National Lottery funding to build new outdoor sports provision.

The 200-pupil school, on St George’s Avenue, Cleveleys, is in a residential area, limiting its outdoor space. There is a multi-use gaming area (MUGA) at its front.

Now it is set to spend the cash on a new MUGA, install activity board fencing and put in playground markings and a meander trail.

Headteacher Lynsey Ankers said: “It’s huge for the school. We haven’t really got a significant space for outdoor PE. This will transform the area we’ve got.

“Our space is limited so this is making the most of it.”

The new area will allow for more than one sports club to run at once, giving more opportunities to football and netball teams.

Building work is due to begin in January and expected to be complete by February half-term for children to make full use of their new facilities in the following terms.

Mrs Ankers added: “The children are very excited, there will be lots more activities for children to do now.”

Olympic legacy hope from funding

The £30,000 boost for outdoor sport facilities at St Teresa’s school will come from Sport England’s £18m National Lottery funded primary school facilities fund, which school bosses hope will play a part in maintaining the legacy of the 2012 Olympics. Lynsey Ankers said: “The impact this will have on our school and the community will be significant and far-reaching – a wonderful legacy from the 2012 Olympics.”