Lottery funding boost for Bo’ness schools

TWO BO’NESS schools are sharing almost £20,000 of National Lottery funding, which will enable them to install multi-use games areas (MUGAs) in their playgrounds.

And children in care in Falkirk district will benefit from a creative activities programme - with animation, storytelling, reading and film - to be held in libraries, thanks to an £8000 Awards for All cash boost for the council’s education services.

In the latest funding allocations, almost £800,000 was distributed to over 100 groups across Scotland.

Bo’ness Public School has won £9900 for its new MUGA which it hopes to install at the back of the school next to the playgroup premises and use it for football and basketball plus PE lessons in good weather.

Headteacher Gillian Genoe said it would give pupils extra opportunities to develop skills in games and athletic activities that were difficult to fully explore in the current gym hall due to space and time constraints.

She said: “The balance of the funding is coming from our own PTA, education services improvement fund and community learning and development, and we are greatly indebted to all parties including Awards For All for their support.”

Carolynne MacArthur, acting head teacher at Grange Primary, which got £10,000, said: “The children are very excited about the good news.

“The facility will mean so much to them and will allow them to further develop their skills in sport.

“It will also allow us to encourage parental involvement when we invite them along to compete against the pupils.”

Awards for All is a small grants scheme making awards of £500 to £10,000 to grassroot community and voluntary bodies.

A spokesman said: “We are always surprised at the varied number of applications we receive and it is fantastic to see that there is still considerable interest in the Awards for All programme.

“What is crucial to all of these grants is that relatively small amounts of money can make a real difference.

“We wish all of these groups the greatest of success.”