Lansdowne youngsters benefit from new multi-use games arena
PUPILS at Lansdowne Primary School in Cardiff are delighted with the new multi-use games arena (MUGA) opened in July 2017. Wooden Spoon Wales funded £10,000 of the £18,000 required for the new games area. The project was also sponsored through the generous support of The Concrete Society.
The games arena was officially opened by Tom Shanklin, Cardiff Blues, Wales, British & Irish Lions. Attending the opening on behalf of Wooden Spoon Wales were Christopher Agius and Anthony Evans, with Michael Amodeo present from The Concrete Society.
Whilst all 503 pupils at the school, aged 3-11 will benefit from this project, the Wooden Spoon Wales funding was focused on the 125 pupils registered with special educational needs who would benefit from suitable facilities and be able to take part in games activities with their classmates. This cohort spans all year groups at the school and benefits from specialised teaching provision both in school and across the school cluster. In addition to the school pupils, the MUGA facility will be available to before and after school groups, part of what the school refers to as wrap around care with a significant number of pupils on site from 8 am until 6 pm on a daily basis.
Prior to the MUGA opening, Lansdowne Primary School was lacking in resources and opportunities for children to take part in constructive physical play and sport. There was no green space to use and children spent most of their playtime in a drab and boring space. With the new games arena pupils have more opportunities during physical education lessons and also through other subjects across the curriculum.