In partnership with Urban Splash Charitable Trust the school is raising funds to create an all weather pitch on our playing field, meaning our children can play sport in all seasons. We'll also be able to open the pitch up to wider community use as part of future plans to develop the spaces around our school site for community, parent and school use. We need to raise £82,750.00 to create an all-weather pitch which once in place will more than double the amount of usable space for our school children to play sport all year round. It will also mean we can take part in inter-school competitions and take other aspects of our classroom teaching outside. We are collaborating with Urban Splash Charitable Trust who are pitching for funds towards this goal from their partners and other trusts and foundations.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The school is very limited on outdoor space and the playing field is one of our larger spaces, but is waterlogged for much of the year and needs constant management to make it a playable surface even during the dry periods. By putting in an all-weather pitch we can increase the level and quality of outdoor play, sport and wellbeing activities for our children and the wider community. An all-weather pitch also means we can invite other schools and the competitions to our school, meaning our children positively engage with other schools and develop their teamwork and wider soft skills. At the moment, we are very limited in what we can host. Once the wider site is developed, we'll also have opportunities for safe and managed community use. The area is underserved by youth pitches.
Steps to get it done:
We have fantastic partnerships in place including the Primary Stars programme delivered by Manchester City FC Foundation through Premier League funding. At the moment, that programme is delivered on a small part of our hard playground whilst other parts of the playground host other activities. Opening up an all-weather sports pitch will mean we can do more of these collaborative programmes and significantly enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of our young people.
About the space
New Islington Free School
Manchester City Council