OLYMPIC gold medallist Seb Coe says £30,000 funding to develop a new outdoor sports facility at Milnthorpe Primary School will boost the community.

The funding is part of Sport England’s £18m National Lottery funded primary school facilities fund which is helping schools to provide outdoor multi-activity play areas across the country.

The investment is designed to support those schools which are in greatest need of improve-ments and will benefit both pupils at the school and the local community who will have access outside school hours.

“A positive first experience of PE and sport at primary school is crucial to encouraging young people to be active throughout their lives, but for those schools with little or no outside space this can be extremely challenging to deliver,” said Lord Coe, 57, the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy ambassador.

“This funding will provide better outdoor play areas at the school that can be used both within the curriculum and outside school hours. I am convinced this will boost the opportunities for young people to be active.”

Head teacher Tanya Hughes added: “It will help to build on our commitment to ensure all children take part in a range of sports.”