One idea that has become increasingly popular across many sectors such as educational settings, local authorities, holiday parks and parish council are the use of Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs). These have been found to be very useful in many settings where children might want to play, given the wide range of choice and smart use of space. MUGAs come with a wide range of benefits and uses. MUGAs are now a leading option among the facilities that provide exercise and excitement while children get a level of choice in their activities.
What is a MUGA pitch?
A MUGA pitch is a construction designed to incorporate a wide range of sports and games, in order to eliminate the repetitive activity of a single game. While most playground equipment can entertain a small group of children, a much larger group of children can be engaged in Multi Use Games Areas for a considerable amount of time while playing different games, getting a chance to have their fill of physical activity and fun at the same time.
There are many fantastic MUGA options created by Creative Play UK, with options designed to target the activities kids want to play at any location across the country. These can help a child achieve physical and mental wellbeing as they enjoy, learn and exercise in this space. This is an ideal idea you can use to help kids in your school create a very positive link in their minds between having fun, and an active lifestyle, as they enjoy themselves. MUGAs really do fulfil this role in a fun and innovative way, providing a range of exciting play opportunities.
Creative Play has a range of MUGA sports pitches. You could even get one that allows standard mesh fencing as well as goal posts and surface markings to aid in games such as football, netball, basketball and tennis. These pitches come in different sizes, with features to allow adding different sports elements like target panels. You can contact Creative Play and they’ll construct a MUGA pitch in the particular design specification you need.
Benefits of Multi Use Game Areas
Any school with a MUGA pitch gets a range of educational benefits every single school day. With the many great features of MUGAs, you get to have a wide variety of options on games that children in your school can engage in. This is possible even in small spaces, as the MUGA can save space by grouping activities and it is a great idea for schools with small outdoor spaces. The benefits offered by MUGAs are limitless; it is no wonder these play areas have grown and continue to grow more popular in schools across the UK.
At the moment, MUGAs are among the very few facilities to offer the flexibility of use and quality of delivery in a single space for a range of games. These spaces offer a versatility most schools can make use of, especially those experiencing challenges due to limited space. MUGAs have a polymeric sports surface, which offers a range of benefits too. Our experts can also build your MUGA to your precision and design.
This element of MUGAs offers another benefit, whereby you create a play space that you’ve designed yourself. You actually get to choose all of the specifics within your space, with specific markings chosen in regards to the games you’re targeting and want the young people to be able to play. This combats the potential boredom brought on by the monotony of only having one game in a single play space, which may discourage children in a school from accessing the playground regularly, and in turn, lower the enjoyment of the kids for taking part in outdoor activities.
Fortunately, with a MUGA pitch, you can change all that. By bringing a wide range of games in a single space, you encourage the kids to take part in many of these games, keeping them constantly engaged. This way, the children in your school get the many benefits of playing outdoors. They develop physically, mentally, and improve their talents and social skills through the range of games that MUGAs can offer.
Why is a MUGA good for schools?
You may well already be of the belief that MUGAs are highly beneficial and a great idea for your school. If you’re still to be convinced on the specific value of MUGAs, however, here are some reasons why a MUGA pitch could be the option your school needs:
Savings: A MUGA utilises spaces in the most economical way, where you can have certain markings to accommodate a number of games that are played independently but in the same area. You could have children playing netball and tennis in a pitch they have also played football in.
MUGAs also allow you to save on the expenses needed to make play spaces for different games. The versatile surface will allow for many games to be played in one area, which will save you money. You can have features such as goals and markings within the structure of the MUGA itself, saving on the money – and space – that would be need for multiple sports settings, resources that could be used for extra items such as sports equipment.
Easy Maintenance: For obvious reasons, MUGAs are very easy to maintain. You only have to maintain one area rather than many. You spend less time cleaning and repairing. Any upkeep on a MUGA is minimal when compared to that of many fields. You could also get a well-designed pitch with quality materials installed by reliable playground installing experts. Such a MUGA is durable, easily maintainable and long-lasting.