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Nascot Wood Junior School to spend Lloyds Banking Group grant on climbing wall
A Watford junior school is celebrating after winning thousands of pounds to "unlock the potential of its pupils through physical activity".
Nascot Wood Junior School has been handed £5,000 by Lloyds Banking Group, the bulk of which will go towards building a climbing wall in the playground.
It beat off stiff competition from other community groups to land the prize after polling enough of the public vote organised by Lloyds through its community fund.
David Allen, deputy head, said the school’s 240 pupils, ranging from ages seven to 11, deserve the climbing wall as reward for their good behaviour.
He said: "We want our learning environment to be as stimulating for the children as it can be and we will be developing one area of our playground for the climbing wall.
"We have listened to the children and talked to them and once a year we go to an outdoor activity centre and take part in rock climbing.
"We heard of other low level climbing walls and know it will be good for the children, for team building and agility - and for the local community to use as well.
"The children are really excited and as soon as we get the cheque, we will decide where we are going to go next with the project.
"We generally have great behaviour and this is to reward them for their good behaviour and as well as using it at play times, we can use it in PE lessons and it will make a massive difference."
More than 200,000 people across the UK took part in a public vote online and at Olympic torch relay celebrations between May and September, to select who they wanted to receive the cash, part of £660,000 Lloyds Banking Group is investing through the community fund.
In total, 132 projects are each set to receive £5,000 as part of the campaign.
Community and sustainable business director, Paul Turner said: "We are proud to be able to help Nascot Wood Junior School continue the great work they are doing and we look forward to seeing the difference the award will make."
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