We want to save school fields for future generations to play their sports and follow their dreams!
It’s no real news, unless you’re an out of touch politician. The children and young people in our society need land in their communities where they can practice their sports, play sports in team events and where they can play with their friends. It’s something we’ve all taken for granted as adults in the past; the right to play and enjoy the freedom that is lush green fields to keep us fit and healthy.
The City and County of Swansea Council in Swansea have proposed the sale of land at many of its primary and secondary schools in Swansea. We can’t speak for all of them, but as a community in Pontarddulais we’ve established an organised committee of parents, school governors, local business owners, sports club representatives and local people who are concerned about the health and wellbeing of future generations in Pontarddulais and those who are current pupils’ at Pontarddulais Primary School.
The school land in used day-in and day-out. The field is used for football, rugby, athletic sports and as a place to discover nature. The field is a terrific resource and is an asset to the pupils and teachers who use it for their lessons to benefit the children and young people who attend the school. It’s also a vital facility for the local community who use it for sport and in the school holidays when an organisation use it to run a holiday club for children from the locality to keep up with their play and fitness whilst on a school break.
Without sport and fitness in school, what would we be? The school boasts ex-pupils who have gone on the represent Wales at national and international levels. This is because the ex-pupils of Pontarddulais Primary School have been given the opportunities that the council are trying to take away. Why should the pupils’ of tomorrow have their dreams of a career in sport smashed to smithereens when the financial mistakes that have been made did not involve them?
We live in a society where we’re advised to eat healthily, exercise more and participate in sport. We also live in a society where childhood obesity is at a dangerous high and this statistic is continuing to grow as you read this blog.
Play and exercise are proven to improve the lives of children. If children and young people do not currently get enough exercise at home, surely we should be encouraging this more at school?
Our message is clear. We want to keep the land at our school in Pontarddulais. We are shocked that the City and County of Swansea Council describe the land as ‘surplus’ as the school teacher’s, pupils and community member’s work hard to make use of it every day.
Pontarddulais Sport & Recreation Committee @savebontfield
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