THE first phase of Comberbach Nursery and Primary School’s ‘Project Playground’ has come to fruition, with new markings laid down during half term.

A grant from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ fund – which distributes funds from the 5p plastic bag charge to community projects – was awarded to the school to help revamp the playing area.

Pupils were involved in designing the improvements along with office staff Helen Hignett, Angela Carter and Claire Cowhig, with the first phase including colourful new markings – an educational tool as well as recreational.

Helen said: “We spent time engaging with the children on the playground over lunchtime periods, asking them how they would like their outside environment improved.

“Children said they would like new markings, climbing equipment and outdoor table tennis to name but a few – as you can imagine the list was endless.”

The initial phase of ‘Project Playground’ was completed over the half term by Pentagon Play.

As well as the £4,000 in Tesco funding, as voted for by shoppers in Northwich, the school managed to raise an additional £4,000 through generous donations at festive fundraising events.

Angela said: “The enhanced educational thermoplastic markings will make a huge difference to the playground and the additional educational pieces of sports equipment will build self-confidence in our children as they explore their enriched outdoor environment.

“Obviously this is only the start and we would like to continue to deliver our children's 'wish list' of outdoor equipment with future fundraising opportunities and the help of Friends of Comberbach – our parent fundraising committee.

Claire added: “We would like to thank everyone who voted for us in the local Tesco stores and for giving us the opportunity to improve our school surroundings.”