We have long understood that well-designed outdoor play areas are vital. The few hours children spend outdoors each week builds social and cognitive skills which help them to thrive. No matter the space available, our team knows how to create a place where children can grow.
Every type of playground feature needs to be designed right and built right. In our eyes, creating a unique playground that's bursting with opportunity includes the capability to do them all. That's why our playground range contains everything from Activity Frames through to educational numeracy & literacy play panels.
Sports and play activities are essential for a child’s life. Many schools overlook physical recreational activities and sports because they focus more on the academics, even though there should be a healthy balance of both for the children.
Sport is instrumental in awakening other faculties and traits in children too. We’ve listed some of the advantages of sports and MUGAs in schools:
The importance of sports and MUGAs in Schools
Here are a few of the advantages of sports that can have a positive impact on children
1. Physical activity
For some kids, school is the only place they get to have physical exercise and activity, and to release their energy. This is why it is important for schools to ensure they are equipped with play facilities which offer a wide choice of games opportunities such as Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs)
2. Confidence and self-esteem
Children who find it hard to shine in academic subjects easily become demotivated or lacking in confidence, which can lead to behavioural problems. On the other hand, these children can often excel on the sports field.
PE and sporting facilities in schools offers children opportunities to explore their abilities in a new light. They can discover where their talents lie by trying different sports. Being good at sport can boost the confidence and self-esteem of a child who may struggle in the classroom. Sport, too, teaches the very important lesson that if you try hard and practice, you can achieve success.
One of the key lessons children learn by participating in sport is the importance of teamwork and working together. The whole concept of working as a team to achieve a common goal is one of life’s most important lessons, and can be applied in many other areas too. This also helps children to respect and value their peers and build lasting friendships. A sports team brings together a diverse class with a single objective.
Multi-Use Games Areas(MUGAs)
MUGAs are becoming increasingly popular throughout the UK, and now feature in many schools. Indeed, not only are they popular in schools, but in community centres, colleges, academies, and public parks as well.
A MUGA is a play surface made from synthetic sports turf to cater for many different sports in one area, including:
Benefits of MUGAs
MUGAs are perfect for schools because they save costs by combining multiple sports pitches into one. They are designed by professionals, and built from safe materials that don’t cause injuries to the children.
MUGAs are designed to have optimal sporting properties which are suitable for multiple sports
They are long-lasting and easy to maintain
They can generate useful revenue by hiring out to other schools or clubs for their sporting activities.
Choosing the right MUGA
At Playcubed we talk with schools to discuss their requirements, and explain the different surfaces and pitches which are available. This link shows the wide range of MUGAs we make together with a selection of case studies to view. Our CAD design team provide priced options and, once agreed, the MUGA-build can be scheduled with our team of skilled installers.