Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the winter weather, Burbage Primary School Pupils and the wider community are looking forward to being able to make the most of outdoor activities, thanks to a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA).
The MUGA, constructed at Burbage Primary School but available to other wider community groups, was completed during the summer, ready for the school’s return to school in September. And prior to more Covid-19 restrictions coming into force, it was being put to good use.
All 340 pupils have access to the facility for their high-quality outdoor learning through PE and other lessons, and for break and lunchtime activities. The 31×16 m MUGA provides an all-weather playing surface and court suitable for use for football and other sports activities.
Headteacher, Anthony Tierney commented: “The project is a reflection of the strength of the Burbage community with the £84,000 being raised collectively through a generous grant from Tarmac’s Landfill Communities Fund*; an amazing level of support from the school’s Parent Teacher and Friends Association; and the use of school funds.
“It is a credit to our school community – the children, their parents and our staff and governors that we have been able to complete this substantial project during these challenging times. The facility will provide our school and the wider community with further opportunities for outdoor activities all year round. Our thanks extend to Tarmac for their generous support.”
Tarmac’s Tunstead Stone and Powders general manager, Pete Butterworth said: “It is great to see that this project has been completed in these uniquely challenging times. We are pleased to have been able to award a grant from our Landfill Communities Fund to such a practical, versatile and valuable facility for the community of Burbage. We look forward to celebrating an official launch once the current restrictions are changed.”
Due to current restrictions, the school is unable to host a public ‘opening event’ for the MUGA. They look forward to being able to invite other community members to see the facility in action but once the pandemic restrictions are lifted, the MUGA will be available for community hire under the school’s letting agreement. Once restrictions are lifted, please contact 01298 22278 for further details.
*The Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund (or Landfill Tax Credit Scheme as it was formerly known) enables landfill operators like Tarmac, to donate part of their annual tax liability to enrolled Environmental Bodies for a variety of approved community and environmental projects. Landfill operators can reclaim 90% of their contribution as a tax credit which means the remaining 10% must be provided either by them or an independent third party. Through the fund, Tarmac donates around £1 million each year to community projects throughout the UK. The fund is open to applicants who meet the strict criteria for projects delivering community benefit. For more information please go to www.entrust.org.uk
Image caption: An aerial view of the new Multi-Use Games Area at Burbage Primary School.