Thurlby Primary School
Children returning to Thurlby Community Primary School for the new school year will be pleased to find a new Games Area that will replace the worn and tired looking entertainment amenity built in 1987 and nicknamed the “Cage”.
Provision of this Games Area has been made possible by the generosity of the Mick George Community Fund, the Players of the Lottery through the Postcode Local Trust, Awards for All, Thurlby Causeway Estate Charity, Councillor Barry Dobson from his South Kesteven District Council Ward Member Grant Fund and Bakkavor. In it’s entirety, the project has cost in the region of £34,000.
The facility itself is surrounded by a 3m high Ball Court System and will consist of multiple sport offerings. These include; line markings for tennis, netball, football and various other sports, as well as goal recess areas and basketball hoops at either end of the creation.
For additional safety, the Games Area will be gated and fenced, with an overlay surface that is 25mm thick and dense in texture to relieve any likelihood of potential injury.
The area will be used by the school during school hours and at all other times can be enjoyed by the community.
Although some dissatisfaction of the ‘parks’ condition was lodged by many local residents back in 2015, it was not until a Capita Condition Survey was conducted in December 2017, which reported fencing and surfacing issues that action was taken. Lawrence Park Recreation Ground & Community Association immediately set to work on funding the project, and just nine months on and after some minor infrastructure delays along the way, the new facility is ready to enjoy.
Graham Clegg Head Teacher of Thurlby Community Primary School said: “On returning to school for the start of the new academic year our children were very excited indeed to see the new Games Area. The work by members of Lawrance Park Committee to secure funding for this project has been challenging and on behalf of all children, staff and governors I would like to thank those involved for their hard work and commitment. The “Cage” facility is essential for us to meet the expectations of the Department of Education regarding P.E and Games provision, in addition to promoting healthy active lifestyles. The changes to this area have already had a positive impact on pupil enthusiasm regarding participation in activities, it represents a significant improvement to our school/community shared facilities”.
Maggi Ogden, Chair of the Lawrance Park Recreation Ground and Community Association said: “On behalf of the Committee I would like to thank all the people who have made this possible. We have been aware for a number of years that the “Cage” was in need of refurbishment and I know there will be many people in the village who will be thrilled to see this transformation and very keen to use it.”
Sarah Austin, village resident and teacher at Thurlby Pre-school said “as a member of the community who as a child used to play at Lawrance Park, it is fantastic to see the “Cage” being updated to encourage the next generation to play outside and hopefully benefit, mentally and physically, from developing healthy, active lifestyles and hobbies.”
Stuart Costello, Marketing Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Over the years we have engaged with many education providers in various capacities, from a learning, environmental, safety and general health and wellbeing perspective. We’ve always taken great pleasure in working alongside both staff and pupils, and once again, it’s good to have played our part. I’m sure the new Games Area will be a great addition to the school and will be enjoyed for years to come.’’