Many primary schools in the UK have been granted funding through Sport England’s Primary Spaces scheme (application now closed) which enables them to have specialist playground spaces installed for use with a variety of games and outdoor activities. A popular specification which has been chosen by many schools who have received this funding is the Sport England Primary Spaces PS4 Design. This is an 18m x 10m outdoor games space area which is installed in the chosen Sport England colours of red, yellow, blue and green, we can install this outdoor surfacing design along with the other available Primary Spaces packages.
Sport England Primary Spaces Funding
The Primary Spaces funding scheme was set up by Sport England to help schools who have little or no outside games space to participate in different physical activities. The main objective of this funding project is to improve physical education and levels of activity in primary schools. The available funding will be used to install a range of outdoor games spaces with different markings so they can be used as multi purpose facilities. These playground spaces can come in a number of different designs to suit the needs of each particular school. Each of the Sport England Primary Spaces designs can be used during school time in PE lessons and also for extra curricular clubs and activities. Sport England aim to help as many schools as possible through the Primary Spaces funding however priority has been given to schools who are currently lacking in outdoor space for kids to participate in physical activities.
Primary Spaces PS4 Design
The Sport England Primary Spaces PS4 design is a popular choice by many schools who have been accepted to receive this funding. As a versatile multi use games space, the PS4 design includes markings for a range of activities including a football goal, square grid and circles. Basketball hoops and free standing end enclosures are also included with the Sport England Primary Spaces PS4 design to allow the school to vary how the games space is used. This makes for a much more versatile sport facility which can be used in many ways.
Most of the Primary Spaces games area designs can be installed in wetpour rubber to create a soft impact absorbing surface, however we prefer to install these multi use pitches in needlepunch synthetic turf. This is because the needlepunch synthetic surfacing provides a more durable and long lasting finish which is great for multi purpose games spaces. Safety is also a strong characteristic of this surface type as the needlepunch material can also absorb impact and is commonly used in primary school athletics tracks. The artificial turf specification is made from a carpet of curly yarn fibres and can come in different colours to meet the Sport England colour scheme of red, yellow, blue and green. Once installed, needlepunch synthetic surfacing will be long lasting through use with a range of outdoor games and activities.
The video below shows a full construction project for a PS4 activity surface with specialist sports fencing:
Installing the Games Space
Sport England aim to create a legacy with these multi use games spaces which promotes physical exercise and help to improve health among children in primary schools. The lack of outdoor playground games facilities in many UK primary schools means that a lot of children currently miss out on taking part in a variety of physical activities and outdoor games. Schools who have been accepted to receive the Primary Spaces funding will benefit greatly from these fun and versatile playground games areas. If your school has been granted funding through the Primary Spaces scheme and you’re interested in having the Sport England Primary Spaces PS4 Design, or any of the other available surfaces installed, please get in touch with us. We have many years of experienced in the sports and play industry and have worked with schools throughout the UK to install top quality play areas and sports courts so feel free to visit our website at https://www.softsurfaces.co.uk/ or contact us if you have any questions about our work.