Borras & Sports Traider team up to support local school

In line with our commitment to be a business who embraces and provides lasting benefits to the communities we work within, Borras recently teamed up with charity Sport Traider to help out a school in Milton Keynes.

Sports Traider is a youth-focused charity offering youngsters the kit and support they need to discover and fulfil their sporting ambition and potential, whatever their background, ability or disability. Their aim is to make clothing and sport equipment affordable to all, and at the same time generate a sustainable source of funding to help disadvantaged young people participate in sport.

Following an initial conversation with Lance Haggith, founder of Sports Traider, we were introduced to Bushfield School in Wolverton, Milton Keynes. Despite Bushfield recently undergoing significant expansion works, funding was not sufficient enough to improve their existing sports facilities, providing us with the opportunity to step in and lend a hand.

Our team spent a few days on site at the school converting an underused former classroom into changing rooms. The erection of full length partition walls and creation of door openings created a completely new layout which now provides segregated boys and girls changing rooms, toilets and a staff kitchenette. Prior to this conversion boys and girls were having to get changed together in classrooms.

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The new partition wall in progress during the works and a shot of the changing rooms once complete

Recently Borras Contracts Manager Alex Simpson, who managed the works and Lance Haggith visited the school to hear how the project has had an impact. Head of P.E Richard Hill was also in attendance and commented that “the new facilities have made a huge difference, not only can the boys and girls now get changed separately in purpose built changing rooms but it has also improved classes. The rooms provide us with somewhere to brief the kids at the start of lessons and we have noticed an increase in excitement for P.E class from several of the kids.” Lance also added a few words of thanks to Borras: “a big thank you to Borras for coming through and doing an amazing job in very quick time. I wish all companies had the same giving ethics and commitment to making a difference to their communities. I look forward to working with Borras again in the future.”

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Lance Haggith (Sports Traider), Ashley Targett (P.E teacher), Alex Simpson (Borras), Richard Hill (Head of P.E) and sports leaders for their school houses Colby and Charlie celebrating the opening of the new changing rooms

A plaque was placed at the entrance commemorating the works, Alex went on to comment on behalf of Borras “An integral part of the Borras culture is to help and improve the communities we work within. It is particularly fantastic to see a project like this which has made such a big difference by simply utilising the skills and resources we have available to us. It is clear to see the school and staff here have a passion for sport and I hope this change benefits them and their pupils for years to come.”

Learn more about the fantastic work Sports Traider are doing and help support them by visiting: www.sportstraider.org.uk

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