A school in Trowbridge has been given the go-ahead to build an exciting new all-weather sports pitch.

Work on the multi-use games area (MUGA) at Newtown Community Primary School is set to start after the October half-term break and, depending on the weather, be unveiled for the start of the Spring term in January.

The MUGA will be built on the school’s field and will allow pupils to play sports no matter what the British weather throws at them.

Head teacher, Chris Marshall said the MUGA has been on his mind ever since taking on the role as head and said that games, break times and PE could be a challenge as the school’s main playground is on a significant slope.

“It’s something we’ve always had in our minds that we wanted to achieve and this year we’re in a position to do that financially,” Mr Marshall said.

“We’re over the moon that we’re doing it.

“The challenge for us is the field, which is great, is really susceptible to becoming quite muddy if it’s used during winter, which makes it difficult to use it for PE lessons or break times.

“So the field is only being used maybe 30 per cent of the year and by having the area with the all-weather surface means that it becomes a year-round facility which is fantastic for the PE and games provision we can give to children.

“The children will be very excited, and it will be a great opportunity for them. Our children love the outdoor spaces we have already and this is going to make it better than it already is.”

The project will cost around £40-50,000 and will be funded through the school budget, as well as a generous donation from the Friends of Newtown School group.