Funding for schools: How to finance a multi-use games area

A multi-use games area (MUGA) is a space that makes daily outdoor play, sport and physical activity in schools a year-round possibility.

While there a number of reasons for schools to install a MUGA, capital funding is often a challenge. MUGAs are usually fixed assets, and are not normally eligible for funding through options such as an operating lease.

However, because we replace traditional base methods with a unique panel system, we can create a MUGA that meets the lending and warranty criteria for this type of funding.

To find out how your school could access funding to create somewhere fun and engaging for children to play at lunchtime, during PE lessons and out-of-hours, continue reading.

How does lease funding work?

To make a MUGA a possibility for your school, we’ll help you source funding through an operating lease provider. It’s an increasingly popular approach, used by schools to fund the purchase of non-fixed assets (such as computers), as it converts the capital cost into an ongoing revenue liability.

MUGAs are typically classed as fixed assets, which means they’re not normally eligible for financing through an operating lease. However, because we replace traditional base methods with a modular panel system, we can create MUGAs that meet the lending and warranty criteria for an operating lease.

We can support your school to access an operating lease through one of our partners, or you can choose a financing partner that you’re already working with.

What does the process look like?

After you’ve contacted us about starting a project, we’ll create a design that meets the needs of your school. How big you’d like your MUGA to be, where you want to put it, and what you want it to look like.

When that’s done, we’ll put together a quote for your project, and you can use this to get approval from your preferred financing partner.

Depending on the size and location of your project, you may need permission from Sport England and your local planning office. If planning approval is required – we’ll guide support you through this part of the process.

Once we’ve collected your finance approval, planning approval and any other relevant permissions, we’ll be able to start installing your new facility.

Once the finance and appropriate approvals are in place, the MUGA build could be done in as little as two weeks.

Why install a MUGA?

A MUGA in your school provides a high-quality environment to enable your school to engage children in active play on a daily basis. Besides improving fitness, there are many benefits to children being more active, including:

  • Better socialisation

  • Increased concentration in the classroom

  • Improved self-esteem

  • Lower stress levels

  • Better sleep

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If you think a MUGA is something that would work for your school, click here to talk to us about your possibilities.