A school MUGA could be the answer to helping pupils become fitter and healthier. Following a number of initiatives launched by the government to promote a healthy lifestyle, there’s increasing pressure on schools to mirror these messages.

Our Sales Director, Gareth Wilson, looks into why a school multi use games area (MUGA) is the best solution to help improve health and fitness.

According the You.gov nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese with younger generations becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer.

There are so many factors which influence body weight including behaviour, environment, genetics and culture. The biggest culprit is the amount of energy taken in from food in comparison to the amount of energy being used through activity. If more energy is being eaten than being used, then body weight will eventually increase.

What can schools do to help improve these statistics?

The government have launched their own plan against childhood obesity to help tackle these rising figures. Working alongside this plan is the PR and Sports Premium – a funding programme for schools to help improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity.

The Department of Education have recently increased the amount of funding available to primary schools to £320 million.

Who is eligible for the funding?

As with any funding opportunity, there is a criteria for who is eligible. For a full list, click here.

  • Local authority schools
  • Academies and free schools
  • Special schools
  • General hospitals

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport.

  • Schools can develop or add to the PE and sport activities that are already on offer
  • Build capacity and