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Project information


I have a right to play will give 450 children more play opportunities than they are currently able to access. The project will revamp the school's bare play area, creating a sports field, playground with climbing equipment, gardening area with sun shades with storage areas for sports equipment.

January 2014 - August 2014

Charity information: Beis Malka Trust

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  • Need


    Beis Malka is an independent girls school with a current student body of 450. Due to recent funding difficulties, its recreational facilities have fallen into a state of disrepair with only a bare yard available for the children to enjoy during break-time. Thus P.E and sports activities have lost their appeal to most students, with many opting out of the school's sports club. This has resulted in increased levels of obesity and unhealthy lifestyles for too many children negatively affecting them


    The play area will give children the opportunity to satisfy their need to play. The new and better facilities will attract more children and teenagers to take part in sports activities at the after school club and will encourage participation in the school's P.E classes. Thus we hope to engender improved attitudes towards sports and effect changes in the lifestyles of our students, so that their physical and emotional health is improved.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the sports and play facilities at Beis Malka.


    » Landscaping: Wetpour flooring
    » Purchase and installation of climbing area and play equipment with storage facilities
    » Purchase of materials and landscaping of gardening corner.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the purchase and installation of sports and play equipment at Beis Malka's premises that will be ready and safe for use by July 2012.

    Aim 2

    To encourage involvement in sports and exercise in order to foster healthy lifestyles.


    » Improvement of the facilities and purchase of up-to-date sports equipment will make more sports opportunities available to the students.
    » Provide structured PE classes by qualified teachers.
    » Provide after school exercise and sports clubs.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a 40% increase in sports involvement and healthier lifestyles for at least 100 more children.

  • Impact


    Sufficient provision of play materials and opportunities is crucial to the healthy emotional development of children and sports and exercise facilities also improve physical health. We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the increased involvement of our students in play and sports activities. We will also monitor long term obesity statistics, where we hope to see a 50% decline by 2016. We will liaise with school staff in order to track emotional well being of beneficiaries


    There is a risk that the installation of the playground equipment will be delayed. We will deal with this risk by ensuring that the installers are able to put in extra work hours to meet the proposed deadline, in the case where the delay is as a result of their work. There is also a low risk if students not showing enough interest in the new sports facilities. We have dealt with this by employing professional sports coaches and exercise trainers and purchasing more and newer equipment.


    We will photogaph children enjoying the new sports and play areas as soon as it is complete so that we can send them to the donors. We will continue to keep them informed through quarterly project reports. We will also thank our donors in our annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £81,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Landscaping Wetpour flooring and playing field marking
      £25,000 Play ground equipment Purchase and installation
      £12,000 Salaries PE coach, sports trainer, club administrator for one year
      £7,500 Sport equipment Purchase and storage.
      £6,500 Nature and gardening corner. Gardening tools and equipment and materials, natural-play equipment.
  • Background


    Beis Malka is situated in Hackney, North London, an area of poverty and deprivation. Majority of students attending this school belong to the Orthodox Jewish Community in Hackney with even greater levels of poverty and overcrowding than the general population (with 67% of our student body living in overcrowding compared to 46% of Hackney's under 20's) The lack of play space leads to increased obesity, unhealthy lifestyles, poor emotional health and weak academic performance.


    Crime levels in Hackney and surrounding boroughs remain high. 66% of parents of our targeted beneficiaries say that they are worried about a their family members being physically or verbally attacked in the area. This means that these children hardly enjoy public play spaces and need a play space where they feel safe to explore nature and develop social skills. Studies prove the role playgrounds have on youth,'The playground is where children go to make sense of their world' (Perry, J.P. 2001).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    At school children develop good sports and exercise habits through the structure and discipline of PE classes as well as the freedom and social opportunities during the many hours of free-play. It is therefore crucial that children benefit from quality facilities. Also children are more likely to stay on after school for sports club when there is on-site provision. Beis Malka's health and safety policies and procedures will ensure the safety of children at all times.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr A Grossman

    Mr Grossman, a governor at the school since its inception over 30 years ago, is a sought after general building contractor who understands our needs.

    Mrs Dassi Josebashvili

    Dassi is a qualified PE instructor who has trained at least 950 children in the local community. This makes her aware of these children's needs.