School gets £80,000 multi-games boost

Daily Echo: Left to right: Emilia Goodall, Year 6, Catherine Edwards, Year 5, Yasmin Love, Year 3, and Daniel Pidon, Year 4, with borough mayor Cllr Martin Biermann and mayoress Chansopha Biermann officially open the multi-use games area Left to right: Emilia Goodall, Year 6, Catherine Edwards, Year 5, Yasmin Love, Year 3, and Daniel Pidon, Year 4, with borough mayor Cllr Martin Biermann and mayoress Chansopha Biermann officially open the multi-use games area

PUPILS at a Chineham school have a spring in their step – thanks to the opening of a new multi-use games area.

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Martin Biermann, went to Four Lanes Community Junior School, in Hanmore Road, to mark the official opening of the new £80,000 facility.

The games area has been hailed as a massive improvement on the school’s former games area, which had become a target for vandals.

Headteacher Martyn Gamble said: “This has given the children an absolutely wonderful area in which to play sports and games at play time, lunchtime and in lessons.

“It is a big improvement on our old games area which got frequently vandalised. It was not financially viable for us to replace it, so I am very grateful to the council for funding the improvements.”

The multi-use games area (MUGA) includes a drop-down netball and basketball hoop as well as football goals. The facility can be used by the wider community outside of school hours.

Cllr Biermann said: “I was very pleased to be at the opening of the multi-use games area and it is a fabulous addition to a school in my ward. Visually, it is a massive improvement and should be a big step forward for the school.”

The MUGA cost about £80,000 and has been funded by developer contributions. There could also be floodlights erected around the area at a cost of around £20,000.

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9:13pm Tue 19 Jun 12

P Heath says...

Not funded by Council funded by residents who bought homes but great to see it finally there.
Not funded by Council funded by residents who bought homes but great to see it finally there. P Heath
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