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New games area gives pupils the chance to go on their first school trip

Lord Mayor opening the West End Street multi-use games area
Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich and Councillor Matthew Packer, portfolio holder, opening the new multi-use games area at West End Street.
Published on Thursday, 21st October 2021

On their first ever school trip, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, excited pupils from Nelson Infant School got the chance to try out the new refurbished multi use games area in Norwich’s West End Street.

The games area, which had become damaged by tree roots and was in need of updating, is the latest investment by Norwich City Council’s parks and open spaces team, with the £80,000 work being paid for through the Towns Fund.

The area now boasts new high fencing, a raised specialist porous surface for sports use, as well as new lines and goals. It is one of 16 multi-use games areas (MUGAs) across the city and can be used to play sports such as football, netball and basketball.

Cllr Matthew Packer, cabinet member for parks and open spaces at Norwich City Council, said: “This refurbished games area is yet another key community facility provided by the city council for the people of Norwich.

“There are a lot of families with young children or teenagers living in the West End Street area who will benefit from this investment and the project supports the council’s priority of improving health and wellbeing for all ages.”

The West End Street MUGA is one of several capital projects across the city to have benefitted from the government’s Towns Fund as part of advance funding given to those cities selected to work towards a town deal. Norwich City Council was subsequently successful in winning a town deal.

Kacie, aged 5, who is in Year 1 at the infant school, said: “It has been really fun. It’s good to run around and play on it. I want to come back again and use it more with my friends.”

The games area is free to use and does not need to be booked.

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