Archbishop opens new MUGA

LAST week the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York opened and dedicated the new outdoor Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at West Road Primary School, part funded by Wooden Spoon Yorkshire.

Opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony was attended by Richard Smith a Wooden Spoon Trustee and representatives from contributing charities. With 385 pupils aged 3-11 years old, the “boggy” sports field at West Road Primary was inaccessible in bad weather, limiting outdoor activities. The new MUGA means that sports such as Basketball, Cricket, Football, Netball and Tennis are on all year round and make important community events such as inter-school tournaments much more enjoyable for the pupils and visitors.

Headteacher, Kathy Thompson, said “At West Road Primary, the children are at the heart of everything we do. We know that education ensures choice, choice creates opportunity – education, choice and opportunity are the keys to unlock a limitless future for every young person. At West Road we have been heavily involved with a range of extracurricular activities that look at developing essential life skills. The essential life skills programme helps children develop skills such as confidence, motivation, resilience and communication – all crucial in enabling young people to reach their full potential. West Road strongly believe that ALL children regardless of their backgrounds should have the same opportunities as others in more affluent areas – that poverty will not be a barrier. We turn mirrors into windows”.

West Road Primary School in Moorends near Doncaster is located in an area where the proportion of pupils known to be disadvantaged is almost twice the national average.

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York opens the new outdoor Multi Use Games Area (MUGA).

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