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24 January 2019

The school's multi-use games area (MUGA) was installed thanks to fundraising efforts from pupils, parents and local businesses.

  • Reece opened the school’s new MUGA and took part in a PE session.
  • The £60,000 facility made possible due to amazing fundraising efforts.
  • Wigan Athletic Community Trust have worked at the school for 10 years.

A new £60,000 MUGA at St Marie’s Primary School in Standish was officially opened by Wigan Athletic first team player Reece James this afternoon.

The facility was made possible thanks to fundraising efforts from pupils at the school, who have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to host a number of activities such as coffee mornings and sporting events, while local businesses and parents have also kindly donated to their cause.

Reece opened the MUGA before joining pupils to take part in a Premier League Primary Stars session with coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

He said: “There definitely wasn’t anything like this at my school when I was growing up so I’m sure the kids will have a brilliant time playing sport on the MUGA. I’ve been to a few different community settings so far while I’ve been at the club and it’s been great meeting so many Latics fans.”

The Community Trust have delivered PE sessions to pupils at the school for a decade, with the Premier League Primary Stars programme aiming to use the appeal of Wigan Athletic to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

Melanie Smith, Head Teacher at St Marie’s Primary School, said: “The site where this MUGA is on was previously a wooden adventure assault course which was rotten so it was an area in school where the children couldn’t go near. We opened up suggestions to our School Council and they decided that a MUGA was what the children of St Marie’s wanted so they fundraised for that.

She added: “Having individuals such as Reece visit our school is something our pupils can aspire to and he was absolutely brilliant with the children. They all had a chance to chat to him, play football with him and get his autograph so it’s been an afternoon they’ll never forget.”

For more information about Primary Stars, please email Schools Services Manager Gareth Nolan on or call 01942 318090. 

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