Sunday, February 22, 2009

pounds 225m for kids to play

SCHOOLS supremo Ed Balls plans a pounds 225million transformation of 3,500 run-down playgrounds in a drive to keep youngsters out of trouble.

He also wants to build 30 new adventure playgrounds in inner cities for eight to 13-year-olds, to be supervised by trained staff.

The move is part of a 10-year strategy to improve the education and welfare of nation's children.

Ministers hope it will help cut child obesity and steer youngsters away from crime and vandalism by giving them a safe area to let off steam.

A source close to Children, Schools and Families Secretary Mr Balls said: "Playing outside is an incredibly important part of growing up."

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