Over 400 pupils at Morven Park Primary School in Kirkby started this term with a smart new sports kit thanks to a £3,500 boost from the government.
The new kit, comprising a red T-shirt bearing the school badge, black shorts and a sports bag, will be given to every pupil from Foundation 2 to Year 6.
PE Teacher Sam Geeson said: “It’s brilliant! There has been lots of positive comment from parents and teachers and the kids love it. Especially the young ones - they think it’s Christmas!
“It makes lessons look more organised and it will hopefully improve behaviour because it’s not so different from wearing a uniform.
“The funding runs until 2020 and we will provide new kit to every Foundation 2 pupil. After that parents will have to replace the kit as their children outgrow it, but we are thinking of introducing a system where old kits can be traded in and exchanged.”
The new kit is also intended to reduce squabbling. Sam added: “It stops the whole ‘Who can afford the best kit?’ issues.”
The school has won prizes at district and county level for indoor rowing and tag rugby, and the youngsters also enjoy golf and football.
The cash is part of a £10,300 Primary PE Sports Grant which will also pay for dance and gymnastic training, cricket coaching, upgrading sports markings on the yard and buying two rowing machines.