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Funding options for your school play project

26 May 2017


One of the first hurdles our customers often have to face is finding the funding they need to start a new play project. At Playforce we’ve got nearly 20 years of experience working with schools to develop their outdoor space and a huge part of this is raising the money to get it started.  We can help you find the investment you need to create your dream playground.  


Find the perfect funding option for you

School budget cuts have had a lot of bad press recently but they don’t have to mean doom and gloom for schools that want to take on a new play project. There are lots of funding options available to schools developing their playground if you look in the right places. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you.


Our fundraising page is regularly updated with ideas, resources and advice, and funding is something we talk about a lot on our blog too. We’ve got handy guides available with detailed information for schools looking for funding options, drop us an email on sales@playforce.co.uk to find out more.


Spread the cost with our unique financing package

Working with our finance partner, LDF Group, we’ve created a financing option that means you can get started on your new play project immediately. By choosing to finance your playground you can spread the cost and maximise the value for pupils. Play now, pay later!


We know that no two schools are the same and there certainly isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to funding a new playground. That’s why we offer a tailored service to suit your project needs, school and budget to ensure that you are getting the best value deal. You can read more about it here.


One school that has benefitted from our financing option is Radcliffe Hall Church of England Methodist Primary in Manchester. With big plans but a limited budget, Playforce’s funding option provided an excellent opportunity for Radcliffe Hall to complete their dream play area in one go. By choosing Playforce’s finance option, Radcliffe Hall didn’t have to phase the development over a number of years as originally planned. Instead they could reduce disruption, increase the positive impact on the children immediately, and achieve better value for money by completing the project in one installation. Find out more about their new playground here.


Make every penny count

At Playforce we’ve done the research and we know that playground investments are worth it. Our impact evidence survey showed that over half of Playforce customers (51%) reported a significant increase in physical activity levels following improvements to their outside space and four in ten (10%) reported major improvements in physical literacy and competence. If you ask us, that’s more than worth it.


So how do you make sure every penny of your play investment count? We’ve put together a few tips to help you design a space that’s beneficial for your pupils and your school’s wallet…


  • Choose flexible equipment.
    The key to making every penny count in your new play project is choosing the right equipment. To maximise the value of your investment you need to create a space that can be used in a variety of different ways. Choosing flexible equipment that is accessible to children of all ages and abilities is a fantastic way to do this.


  • Focus on the curriculum.
    When designing your play space, consider how you will incorporate it into the curriculum. Think about creating a sheltered classroom space that could be used throughout the school year and selecting equipment that is suitable for anything from maths to drama. A space that can be used for both play and learning maximises its value for pupils and the school.


  • Consider hiring out your sports facilities.
    Need to raise a little extra cash? Have you considered hiring out your play space and sports facilities? Many schools are opting for this in order to earn extra revenue. We recently wrote an article about it that you can read here.


If you want to find out how you can fund your new play project or to chat to us about ways to maximise the value of your play space, book a consultation with one of our local advisors.

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