Football teamwork leads to play area for Wyre school

Thornton School pupils on a site visit to see F Parkinson at the Fleetwood Town FC training ground
Thornton School pupils on a site visit to see F Parkinson at the Fleetwood Town FC training ground
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Youngsters at a Wyre school had the chance to see Fleetwood Town’s new training centre being built and got themselves a new play area into the bargain.

Blackpool construction company F Parkinson are working on the £5.6m centre at Poolfoot Farm and teamed up with nearby Thornton Primary School.

Teachers at the school had asked the firm if they had any spare equipment for constructive play and the company was happy to help. But then it offered to get involved with a project to revamp part of the play area.

Early years teacher Shirley Young thanked Parkinsons and said: “We split the children into teams to come up with ideas. In one area we have a role play house but the children wanted a mountain and a river.

“We asked Parkinsons if they could move a mountain and they did! They made us a little lazy river, a mound for a mountain, a troll bridge, a mini beast hotel and gave us some pipes for a water wall which we are using in problem solving.”

Parkinsons took the children on part of the building site to teach them about safety and also went to the school with their mascot Isla Be Safe to host an assembly for the whole school.

A spokesman for Parkinsons said: “At the end of the health and safety assembly Parkinson also launched an art competition to the school to design a poster to illustrate good site safety.

“The winning drawings were provided with art packs and stationary, with their designs printed onto a banner and fixed to the site hoarding.

“The pupils were then asked to create their own site drawing of how they’d like their playground to look.

“The school chose the winner and Parkinson in liaison with their dedicated supply chain, JLC Groundworks, managed to create the vision of a landscaped area.”