Lottery cash boosts Merton pupils’ playtime

A Merton school has scooped £5,000 of lottery cash to spend on new play equipment after successfully bidding for a Big Lottery award earlier this year.

Delighted staff at Poplar Primary School, in Poplar Road South, Merton Park, are now finalising the details of the new Trim Trail – which will include a range of climbing and balancing play facilities for children to use during playtimes and lunchtimes. After school clubs and breakfast clubs will also be able to regularly use the new equipment.

Friends of Poplar Primary School – the school’s Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) – have matched the Big Lottery funding with £5,000 they raised themselves, meaning a total of £10,000 will be spent on the new playground.

Headteacher Katharine Davies said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this funding which is mainly thanks to the PTA who really impressed the Big Lottery by offering to match its funding.

“The money means we will be able to enrich pupils’ playtime with fun equipment which will also help keep them active and healthy.”

Merton Council’s cabinet member for Children’s Services, Councillor Debbie Shears, said: “Children learn a lot through play which also helps them stay active. Making sure our young people get the most out of their time at school and are fit and healthy are among the key priorities for Merton council. I am therefore delighted Poplar has secured this lottery funding. The new play equipment will help enhance pupils’ playtime before, during and after school hours.”