Mackay Welcomes Funding for Local Primary Schools

SNP MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the ‘Awards for all Scotland’ announcement that Bridge of Weir and Langbank Primary Schools in his Renfrewshire North and West constituency have received grants of £10,000 each.

This funding will be put straight into improvements to the school grounds and the play areas. Bridge of Weir Primary will be using the funding improving their playground equipment and Langbank Primary will be using the £10000 to upgrade the outdoor spaces for the children to play, learn and be inspired in.

Awards for All Scotland gives groups a chance to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. We will fund a range of projects which involve bringing local people together, helping people learn, improving local spaces and getting people more active.

Congratulating the local schools, Derek Mackay said:

“The recent announcement of this funding from Awards for All Scotland is fantastic news, and I would like to congratulate both Primary Schools on securing these grants. Improvements to the playground and play areas within these two schools are long overdue and this funding will be a much sought after boost for them.”

“Good quality playgrounds and play equipment can benefit pupils in many ways and helps them to develop skills that may not be focused on within the classroom. The physical benefits are clear but children can also develop in areas as diverse as social skills, creativity, problem solving, reasoning and language.”

“Boosting the skills, health and confidence of our young people is of utmost importance, and it’s great to see local groups and schools actively pursuing this within the community. I know that this will come as welcome news to the parents and teachers who have fought hard to secure this funding and I am sure that once these works are completed, the pupils will enjoy the benefits too.”

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