Gigha gets active in bid to build multi-use games area

Gigha Primary School's parent council is actively seeking support to help build a multi-use games area so youngsters on the island can access more sports.
Gigha Primary School's parent council is actively seeking support to help build a multi-use games area so youngsters on the island can access more sports.

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Gigha Primary School’s parent council is actively seeking support to help build a multi-use games area (MUGA) so youngsters on the island can access more sports.

A MUGA is a surfaced and fenced court/pitch which can be used for multiple sports including tennis, basketball and football.

Gigha’s MUGA, which will be 18 metres by 36 metres and located behind the island’s playpark, will have goals and markings on the surface and equipment for a variety of games.

The purpose of the MUGA is primarily to provide children with better access to sports, however the facility will be available to all ages.

‘We have been working with the community and Active Schools for the last three years to try and increase physical opportunities for our children, but our problem is space,’ said Mari Sheriff, chairperson of the parent council.

‘Our school has no sports hall, a tiny uneven playground and nowhere to support children with games or physical education (PE).

‘This MUGA will benefit our whole community, providing a vital resource for our residents by promoting health and wellbeing to all ages.

‘It would enable our primary school to deliver high quality PE lessons weekly and promote progression, participation, equality and inclusion.’

Grant funding is being sought for the majority of the development; however, the parent council will also be doing some of its own fundraising.

It is hosting a launch event in the village hall from 12pm to 2pm on Monday August 8.

It is £5 entry for soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee, home baking and a raffle.

People can also support the cause by donating via the project’s GoFundMe page which is available on the following link: www.gofundme.com/f/us-build-a-multiuse-games-area-muga