Little Digmoor – Case Study Little Digmoor Primary School , Skelmersdale contacted ESP Play to help them transform a tired empty playground into an exciting outdoor area that would encourage and increase the activity levels throughout the school day using the PE and Sports Premium funding.

School: Little Digmoor Primary School

Location: Abbeystead, Skelmersdale

Little Digmoor is a small community primary school in Skelmersdale with approximately 150 pupils on roll in 5 mixed age classes. The aim of the school is to ensure that all their children are given the opportunity to aspire, believe and achieve their goals in life.

They are committed to improving the quality of the educational provision for all their children which will enable them to reach their full potential and attain the levels of knowledge, understanding and skills that society demands for their future lives.

In October 2019, Little Digmoor contacted ESP Play because they wanted to develop a playground that was looking tired. The school wanted to use the PE and Sports premium funding to add some markings, activities, and equipment to the area to increase the activity levels during break and lunchtimes as well as during PE lessons.

The brief

The school had a budget of £14,500. They wanted some markings that would encourage and increase the physical activity in the playground and that could be used during PE lessons. They also wanted a daily mile track marking, a multi court marking, multi goal units, target boards and activity panels. The school has grown from 50 to 150 pupils within a couple of years and so they needed a modern well-equipped playground that fully catered to the needs of a growing, 3-11 primary school.

The project

The project began with a meeting at the school to discuss their aim and what they wanted to achieve with the project, this was immediately followed by a survey of the area.

ESP Play then created a design incorporating the school’s requirements and sent this for approval. The design included all the elements the school had requested positioned in a way to best utilise the available space.

ESP Play carried out the installation in November 2020. Work began on the playground by jet washing the heavily mossed tarmac, this was an imperative process to ensure the longevity of the thermoplastic markings that were to be laid. The team then installed a multi court marking that includes the court lines for football, basketball, and netball, this was laid in between two wooden multi goal units each one with a cricket stump wall board attached to create a multi-use games area. The next markings to be installed were a world map, a daily mile track and our famous five multi skills. Finally, to complete the project two ball walls were then installed; one with a goalie target attached and the other with a cricket target along with two switch activity panels; the multi skills board and the activity scoreboard.

The outcome

The project has completely transformed what was once an empty, tired playground into a vibrant hive of activity. It is now an exciting area full of sustainable markings, activities, and equipment to encourage physical activity. It also demonstrates that the school is committed to improving the quality of the educational provision for all their children allowing them to “Aspire, Believe and Achieve”.

Headteacher, Dave Paton, said “The service and the team on site have been fantastic, I will be using ESP Play again in March 2021 for the second playground.”

If you would like to transform your school playground into a hive of physical activity, please get in touch. One of our Regional Managers would love to help you.