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Sport is much more than a game at Oakley

OAKLEY School’s multi use games area (MUGA), funded by a grant from Wooden Spoon Kent, enables the children and young people of Oakley School community have a safe and fun space where they can experience and enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities.

Oakley is a magnificent school with passionate staff and incredible students who burst through barriers every single day. The school caters for those wondrous children and young people who have something extra special about them – they have Severe, Profound or Complex needs. The pupils look at the world differently and need support in many areas to unwrap and decode the world around them, they bring laughter in bucket loads and an infectious fun seeking gene that no one has discovered yet.

Oakley School - MUGA

The new multi use games area (MUGA) at Oakley School.

The school wanted so badly to provide them with a dedicated facility that gave them an outlet for their physical abilities – a space where they could run, whizz, catch, pass and play. But that’s not all, as sport can teach so much more. With most pupils having difficulties with communication working in a team gives them a golden opportunities to practice those skills in a safe and fun environment.

Oakley teaches mathematics by counting the goals, science by watching a ball bounce or fall and teachers can assess and improve fine and gross motor skills through activities such as these which open up a world of learning.

Sport is so much more than just a game.

The new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) helps to achieve these ideas and to unlock pupil’s potentials. “Thanks to the support of Wooden Spoon the new area is  now almost a reality – a glorious pitch of our own, a green forever space with easy access from our playground and dream fulfilled.”

The MUGA will be officially opened on 6th July at Oakley School Summer Fair and attended by the school’s supporters, local dignitaries, governors, staff and of course the amazing pupils and their families. The event will be focused on Health and Welfare and with that in mind the school has partnered with the national supermarket and Oakley School Supporter Asda. There are great plans to make this celebration as stupendous as it deserves so please join in in any way you can and have a ball!

If you are interested in finding out more about how the money raised by Wooden Spoon Kent is helping local children at Oakley School please email kent@woodenspoon.org.uk