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A Sheffield Primary School has been chosen as a pilot for a new national scheme to get kids more active at school.

Pupils at Nether Green Junior School (NGJS) returned from their Easter holidays to find their playground had been transformed with the application of a brightly coloured new surface including a running track and multi-discipline exercise zones.

Primary Exercise Zones (PEZ) are the result of a unique partnership between SC Sports and Sheffield based TRI-Sports Consultancy and allow easy, accessible, and safe sports facilities for schools and after school clubs.

Managing Director of TRI-Sports, Matt Bartle said: “As a local business we feel it’s important to give something back to the community, so when we were looking to pilot the scheme we chose Nether Green Juniors and offered the service free of charge. Mrs Jackson, the head teacher, was very enthusiastic and supportive. Following the success of the NGJS installation and the initial feedback from staff, children and parents we will be launching a new bespoke business later this year to roll out the PEZ concept nationally.” 

The scheme has been designed to incorporate much of the school’s sports curriculum in a simplified more age appropriate format. The products used for the playing surface as well as being vibrant and engaging to the children, achieve a high slip resistance in wet and dry conditions allowing all year safe play. 

The design of the sport and play areas was developed around the need for providing primary schools with an all-weather cost-effective, multi-use sports and play area. Costs are kept low because the existing tarmac surface is used. 

Water based acrylic colour coatings transform the existing playground into an exciting and interactive environment, allowing pupils easy access to sports facilities and encouraging them to be active from a young age. The hope is this early introduction will give students the confidence to make the transition to high school and amateur sports clubs as they get older.

All products installed are manufactured in the UK and have a low environmental impact. They have been used for over 40 years as a sports surface onto tarmac in the UK and makes up over 80% of the countries tennis courts and MUGAs.

For further information and high resolution images please contact Matt Bartle at or call 07960148357

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