ETC Sports Surfaces and sports fencing specialist Zaun have transformed an Essex car park into a brand new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).
The MUGA behind the Children’s Support Services Heybridge Centre will give the children an attractive pitch on which to play football, tennis and basketball.
The Heybridge Centre offers a wide range of secondary school children who have learning and behavioural difficulties. Thanks to £20,000 funding from Essex County Council to improve, this transformation will inspire the youngsters to play outdoor sports in a safe, enclosed all-weather surface area.
Premises manager Phil Davis said: “The MUGA has made a real difference to the school – we now have more curriculum-based PE activities for the children to participate in, and they can use the area in all weathers.
“Previously, all we had was a grassy area that didn’t give the children any basketball or tennis opportunities and obviously got very muddy in wet weather. So we are all very pleased with the MUGA.”
The Porous Macadam MUGA is ideal for private, club and school use as it needs very little maintenance throughout the year and is less slippery after rain.
Zaun supplied the double wire panel fencing, with two-goal recesses built-in for five-a-side football and integrated basketball hoops and backboards. The highly durable fencing is ‘graffiti proof and offers high rebound similar to a hard surface that causes balls to bounce back at almost the same angle they strike the fence.
Davis concluded: “From planning to production, the construction of the MUGA was a breeze. It is an absolutely fantastic addition to the Heybridge Centre. It has made a real difference to the day to day lives of the students, enabling them to take part in a much wider range of practical activities within a first-class environment.”