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A new multi-sports pitch for children with autism has been officially opened at an Essex special school.
The MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) at Doucecroft School in Colchester was opened last month after supporters raised the £60,000 target to install the pitch.
Doucecroft School is a specialist co-educational school for children and young people with autism and additional complex needs, aged three to 19. Doucecroft is part of Autism Anglia, a charity that provides services across East Anglia to enable children, young people and adults with autism to live as independently as possible and experience choice and inclusion in society.
Doucecroft appointed Sportsafe, a provider of sports equipment installation, service and maintenance with head office in Colchester, to work with management to plan, design and deliver a bespoke MUGA for the children to enjoy all year round.
Sportsafe turned to Suffolk contractor MTA Leisure for the fencing, who specified steel fencing manufacturer Zaun’s 3m-high Duo8 Super Rebound twin horizontal wire panels, which the makers describe as durable, low maintenance, ‘graffiti-proof’ and with great properties similar to a wall.
The new MUGA was put through its paces at the opening, in football matches between Doucecroft and another SEN partner school nearby.