Playground makeovers for local primary schools

Playground makeovers for local primary schools
Child’s play: Richard Donnan, Managing Director Personal Banking, at the Ulster Bank Group, launches the Ulster Bank Supergrounds project for 2009. Helping him are pupils from St John the Baptist Primary School, Dummury, Primary six pupils Aine, Rebecca, Fionnuala and Cara.

Play time will be a lot more colourful for 12 schools north and south of the border when they each benefit from a £4,000 playground makeover thanks to the Ulster Bank Supergrounds scheme. This is the fourth year of the scheme, which was launched in Northern Ireland and then extended to the Republic of Ireland.

Funding of £48,000 will be invested in redevelopment projects for schools in counties Antrim, Down, Tyrone, Londonderry, Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Laois and Letterkenny.

Ulster Bank Supergrounds is part of a £6 million initiative improving 900 primary school playgrounds over six years across the UK and Ireland.

The six Northern Ireland schools selected to each receive a £4,000 playground makeover are: St Brigid’s Primary School, Coalisland; Crumlin Primary School; St Columba’s Primary School, Straw, Draperstown; Holywood Primary, Holywood, Co Down; St. John The Baptist Girls, Andersonstown, Belfast and St Mary’s Primary School, Dunamore, Cookstown.

Richard Donnan, Managing Director Personal Banking, Ulster Bank Group said that the initiative aims to create a stimulating educational space which can be a valuable extra resource for schools.

“School grounds play a critical role in schools, offering a curricular and emotional resource for children. When school grounds are developed and used in the right way they can positively affect pupil behaviours and attitude, such as reduce bullying, vandalism, stress and accidents. I know that children at the schools I have visited are very excited about their playground makeover and it’s great to know that Ulster Bank Supergrounds is helping them learn through their play,” he says.

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