Great Doddington school receives funding boost to help its sport

Great Doddington Primary School pupils at last year's triathlon
Great Doddington Primary School pupils at last year's triathlon

A village primary school is celebrating receiving a grant worth thousands of pounds to improve its sports offering to pupils.

Great Doddington Primary School has been awarded £22,500, which will develop the school’s old swimming pool area.

The school says the area will become a space which youngsters will be able to use for a variety of activities, including PE lessons and after-school sports clubs.

Headteacher Monica Eeuwens said the school was delighted to have received the funding boost.

She added: “The pool could only be used for a few weeks in the summer term and we have been unable to open it for the past few years due to lack of funds.

“This award will enable us to develop the area into an exciting sports space that can be used by the children every day for PE lessons, to play sport and be physically active.”

Wellingborough MP Peter Bone said: “Sport England’s grant of £22,500 to the school will enable it to transform the old disused swimming pool area. As a keen sportsman myself I am delighted that the school’s children will have a tremendous new facility to enjoy PE and sport.”

The investment is designed by Sport England to support schools which are in greatest need of improvements, and comes via an £18 million fund of lottery cash.

At Great Doddington the benefits will also be felt by the local community, who will have access to the site outside school hours.

Nick Bitel, Sport England chairman, said: “Having the right space to play sport and be physically active as a child is vitally important.

“We are delighted to be investing this funding in Great Doddington Primary School to improve the spaces that will give children the space to start enjoying PE and sport.”