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Three cheers for games

PUBLISHED: 14:48 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:12 23 August 2010

A GROUP of schoolchildren have opened a games area they helped to design three years ago. Year Five pupils from Singlewell Primary School, Gravesend, saw their £72,000 Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) launched at Mackenzie Way open space on Friday. The facil

A GROUP of schoolchildren have opened a games area they helped to design three years ago.

Year Five pupils from Singlewell Primary School, Gravesend, saw their £72,000 Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) launched at Mackenzie Way open space on Friday.

The facility, which can be used for basketball, football and cricket, is the third part of a major refurbishment project in the area.

Other works include a complete overhaul of Marling Cross library, a play area outside Mackenzie Way parade of shops and the MUGA.

The project began in 2006 when Gravesham Borough Council asked Year Two pupils at the school to give their opinions on how best to use the space.

Dan Harrison, the Year Five teacher, said: "At the time there was nothing here. It is really quite exciting for them to be able to see that their work has been put into practice."

The council's deputy leader, Councillor David Turner and Singlewell ward member John Cubitt were joined by coaches from Charlton Football Club to officially open the facility.

Cllr Cubitt said: "The kids came up with some really good ideas - the only snag was finding the money, but we have been able to accumulate it over time and now have some excellent facilities."

Much of the funding came from a section 106 agreement grant of £240,000 resulting from the construction of the rail depot north of the A2, which was split between four adjoining wards.

Cllr Turner explained that the council is hoping to build a MUGA in every ward as a place for young people to meet in a safe environment.

He said: It is incredibly important for young people to have somewhere to meet, not necessarily for sport, but just to meet up. We have already built a Muga in The Warren, Vigo and there are plans for one in Istead Rise.

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