We all know how important it is for children to have access to sports and games during their school years, not only for the health benefits that physical activity offers but also for the beneficial effect sports has upon a child’s self-esteem and mental alertness.
Unfortunately, sports education in England is facing a tough future. Funding for school sports partnerships has been cut and our children face a decline in sports diversity and specialist school coaching. While Timberley has always taken sports education very seriously, and made full use of its playing fields, poor weather and the winter season limits our ability to offer year-round outdoor sporting activities to our pupils. Therefore, we are launching an appeal to raise £47,000 to build an all-weather multi-sports pitch and we are seeking donations and clever fundraising ideas from our community to bring this fantastic resource to Shard End. The pitch will be designed as a multi-use games area, with wetpour surfacing, football, basketball, hockey and netball pitch markings and 3-metre high Duplex fencing.
This is the first phase in a long-term campaign to provide comprehensive sports facilities for generations to come.Work is re-scheduled to start laying the all-weather sports pitch during the Easter 2014 holiday, subject to planning permission. You can keep abreast of the appeal’s progress and see designs for the sports pitch by viewing our campaign board in the academy reception.
Please help; the all-weather sports pitch will only be possible if we all work together to provide kind donations and smart fundraising ideas. Let’s provide our children with the facilities they deserve.