Levelling the playing field at Kettering school

St Edward's Primary in Kettering opens its new playing fields
St Edward's Primary in Kettering opens its new playing fields

Youngsters at a Kettering primary school have a new playing field thanks to a £4,000 donation by the Midlands Co-operative Society.

Pupils at St Edwards Primary School have recently seen a lot of changes at their school including an extension, electric safety gates and other repairs.

However, PE lessons had to be carried out in the playground or school hall because the school’s playing fields were not level.

The school approached the Midlands Co-op for help and the firm said it was happy to help.

Leanne Provenzano, a pupil’s parent who approached the Co-op, said: “Sports days used to take place at a nearby secondary school which involved children walking en masse across two main roads.

“We had a potential site for the playing fields, but it was not level and therefore not safe.

“We wanted to level the area and seed the site and thanks to the Midlands Co-op, MP Ground Works and Ground Care Ltd and sponsorship from parents, friends and family for a skydive I did, we have now achieved the sports field.”

Northampton Saints rugby player Ross McMillan opened the new field.

He said: “This is a great facility for the children of Kettering and I am delighted to have been able to take part in this special occasion.”

Midlands Co-op donated the money from its Making A Difference Community Dividend Fund, which puts a percentage of the firm’s profits back into the community.

Joy Welch, spokesman for the Midlands Co-op, said: “The playing field will provide the children with the perfect opportunity to keep fit and have fun.

“As a community retailer, Midlands Co-operative Society is delighted to support such a worthwhile project.”