Building a MUGA for Chestnuts Primary School

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Project by Natalie Settle

Total raised £37,540

raised so far

+ est. £3767.75 Gift Aid



The Chestnuts Primary School Parent Staff Association are fundraising to build a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) in the Key Stage 2 playground.

We're still collecting donations

On the 20th May 2024 we'd raised £37,310 with 407 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Once we have reached the fundraising target to be able to build the MUGa we will be able to move on to the next phase of the chestnuts Primary School redevelopment plan. We have set a stretch target of £40,000 and if we reach this target we will be able to find the replacement of the play equipment in the Key Stage 2 playground as well as the MUGA.

We all know that the playgrounds at Chestnuts Primary School need redevelopment and the PSA is committed to fundraising to support this. Let’s keep pushing towards our new ambitious target to move forwards with providing the sports and play facilities our children deserve.

Who are we?

We are the Parents Staff Association for the wonderful Chestnuts Primary School, Haringey, North London. This 2 form entry school offers a happy and engaging learning environment for 420 children from 3 to 11 years old. Our school serves a diverse population and brings together people from around the world with a range of languages spoken by the school community. 

The Parent and Staff Association (PSA) is a group of committed parents and members of staff who are determined to raise funds to be able to support the children's education as well as offering them enriching, exciting experiences.  

Why do we need your help?

Many of you may already know about the recent decommission and removal of the play equipment in our Key Stage 2 (KS2) playground. This has left our children missing valuable play environment. This is why we need your help!


We need your help and support in our current campaign to raise funds to build a small Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) to replace the play equipment which has been decommissioned and removed from the KS2 playground. A MUGA is a fenced area with a 2G multisport synthetic surface. This surface maximises the number of sports we can use the space for. It is an efficient way to offer excellent sports facilities for a school on our limited site. The fence surround contains the area for sports while allowing play in the remainder of the playground. 

The proposed MUGA 1712841045_1712841043745.pngwill be approximately 180m2 (10m by 18m) and will have ground markings for both football and netball. This will offer a small but very valuable sports facility in this area. We recognise that a larger facility would be desirable but it is important for the school to also maintain space to play in the KS2 playground. The exact location and orientation of the MUGA within the playground is still to be decided.

We need to raise £20,000 to add to the funding already in place in order to be able to build this MUGA this summer. 

How will it benefit the School?

This MUGA will be of benefit to the children attending Chestnuts Primary School by improving their sports facilities and increasing activity. Sport and physical activity is so important for all children. Sport and physical activity has been shown to improve self esteem, develop team work, social skills and leadership skills and to be protective for mental health. It is important that physical activity is included within the school day and for schools to have the equipment and facilities to promote it because it has been shown to reduces stress and improve concentration within lessons.

How will it benefit the Community?

Chestnuts Primary School is at the heart of our local community. By developing excellent sports facilities at the school we are also increasing the access for all members of our community to access a range of sports and to benefit from the improved health and well being outcomes associated with this. 

This MUGA will be of benefit to the wider community as it will be available for external organisations and individuals to hire it when it is not in use by the school - opening the way for more opportunities for sport within our local community.

We are in contact with community organisations who are keen to use this facility including as a training space for both girls and boys football teams which are forming at the moment. 

A local personal trainer is interested in using the facilities to offer opportunities to adults for increasing activity and improve fitness

1712841370_1712841369305.pngThe Markfield Project (, a local inclusive community hub targeting support at families with a disabled child, has expressed interest in using the facilities. We are excited about the building this link to benefit the community and specifically populations with more limited access to sport. 

T1712860937_1712860936935.pnghe Health@theHut project, run by the Bridge Renewal Trust based at Chestnuts Community Centre, has the aim of increasing activity, reduce isolation, promote health and well being. They regularly organise free community activities and would like to use facilities at the school in the future. 

The overwhelmingly positive response and levels of interest in the MUGA demonstrate a lack of affordable, local, high quality sports pitches in our area.

How can you help up?

We need to raise £20,000 to be able to build the MUGA this summer. 

Every contribution big or small is so appreciated by the School and PSA and each one takes us one step closer to being able to build the sports facilities our children deserve.

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a donation. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fundraising page joined to this one - give us a shout and we will guide you through it!

We appreciate any contribution big or small and we know that together we can make sure our children and the community can have the facilities they need. 


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This project offered rewards

£60 or more

Family tickets for "The Lion Inside"

Tickets for 2 adults and 2 children to see The Lion Inside at Unicorn Theatre at 2pm on Saturday 27th July. For more information see

£3 or more

10 min painting the MUGA mural at the Summer Fair

Your child can be part of the celebration for building the MUGA and work with the Artists in Residence Team at the Summer Fair to help paint the new mural to celebrate the building of the MUGA. 10 minute slots will be available within the Summer fair and you will be able to book specific time slots closer to the date.

£5 or more

Cinemas of Harringay walking tour

Join Sara for an unforgettable walking tour of the oldest cinema buildings in Haringey. As you walk through the noisy and familiar streets, you will discover mesmerising architecture and anecdotes to breath life into the very walls you walk past each day. Each venue will tell a unique tale of community, culture and the magic of cinema. Wear comfortable shoes and then just let the nostalgia wash over you! 26th May, 16th June, 14th July. Time TBC

£15 or more

A month of classes at Moving Waves

This reward is for new customers only. Moving waves are our local dance academy, based in Chestnuts community centre offering a range of classes including Ballet, Contemporary and street dance. The buyer can use this reward worth £27. The month of classes will need to begin before the end of May.

£25 or more

Take a penalty against Mrs Horwood

When the MUGA is built we will be holding a celebration. Mrs Horwood will don her goalkeepers kit and will do her best to save penalty kicks from our school community. Will you get a goal past Mrs Horwood?!

£30 or more

E-bike or electric cargo bike experience

Have you always wanted to try out an e-bike or electric cargo bike? This is your chance! This reward offers you the chance of an hour to test out either an advanced e-bike ( or an electric cargo bike ( with support, advice and help from expert Sophie ( in a local Haringey Park. To be used by the end of July 2024.

£40 or more

4 weeks of classes of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

4 weeks of classes with the team at Alexandra Park Brazilian Jui-Jitsu Club. sessions combine conditioning, drills, techniques and sparring. Worth up to £70 for adult classes (open to over 12's)! For more information go to

£50 or more

Litter Pick in Chestnuts park

A 1 hour litter pick in chestnuts park. You can feel doubly virtuous by donating to the MUGA and also helping clean up our well loved local park.

£100 or more

Host a birthday party at the MUGA

Be one of the first to be able to hire the MUGA for your own event (2 hour hire)- be it a birthday party, 5-a-side game or training session on a Saturday of your choice. A mutually convenient date to be found for a Saturday for the 24/25 school year.

£5 or more

Perkyn's voucher

A voucher for the friendly coffee shop on West Green Road, serving delicious coffee and pastries

£5 or more

Coffee and a Pastry at Harringay Local Store

Harringay Local Store are offering a fantastic deal of a take away coffee and pastry for £5. To be used before the end of June.

£10 or more

£10 Voucher for the Top Up Truck

Stock up on you store cupboard from this plastic free shopping revolution! Our friends at the Top Up Truck are supporting our campaign with £10 vouchers for groceries. For more information on the service check out To be used by the end of October 2024.

£10 or more

Ticket to the Quiz Night on 16th May

One ticket to the school quiz night on 16th May

£10 or more

Children's Haircuts after school for Years 1-6

On 13th and 14th May, qualified and talented hairdressers and parents Debbie, Ivy and Charlotte are teaming up to offer this extremely convenient service. Hair cuts will take place between 3.20pm and 5pm on these days and will need parents to attend with the child. Use the drop down menu when paying for this reward to select your date. Once you've bought the reward we will message you with a range of available times on that day to book.

£12 or more

Streetbox fruit or veg box

Choose this reward for a one off 'truly fruity' or 'very veggie' medium box. Not only will you be topping up your vitamins, this company will donate to organisations fighting food poverty with every box bought. RRP £12.99 (Voucher valid until December 2024)

£15 or more

A game of Laser Quest

Treat yourself to a game of laser quest for 4 at the Enfield branch.

£15 or more

450g bag of Exhale Coffee

This 'Ridiculously Healthy Coffee' RRPs at £20 per 450g Speciality grade, organic coffee sourced, roasted and 9x lab tested for health. Simple. No fuss, no fads.

£20 or more

A 20 min private lesson with Selkie Swim School

The wonderful Selkie Swim School are offering vouchers for private lessons with their experienced teaching team. A great opportunity for children to have one to one attention to brush up on technique or build confidence in the water! Lessons are to be arranged at a mutually convenient time and are to be booked before the 15th July 2024. For more information about the services they offer check out

£20 or more

£20 voucher for the Dusty Knuckle

This reward will get you a £20 voucher to use at the Dusty Knuckle on delicious bread, sandwiches, pastries, coffee... yum! To be used by the end of June 2024.

£20 or more

Yard Sale Pizza

A Voucher for £20 to experience the delicious delights at Yard Sale Pizza. T&Cs to be redeemed at the Tottenham branch on West Green Road

£25 or more

2 places in Group Skateboarding Lesson

The very cool team at North London Skate Club are offering 2 spots in their group skateboarding lessons. See for more information and locations.

£30 or more

Pie and Mash for 2 at the High Cross Pub

A meal of Pie and Mash for 2 at the High Cross Pub in Tottenham. RRP around £35.

£30 or more

Dabba Drop plastic free take away

A one off delivery of a Dabba Drop. Soul-warming curries. Homemade. Delivered. Ready-to-eat meals delivered in plastic-free tins (dabba) by bicycle (drop). From oven to table in 30 minutes. RRP £45, for delivery in zones 1-3 in London only, voucher valid for 1 year.

£30 or more

1 month of weekly My Gym classes

A month of weekly classes with babies and children's gymnastics specialists at My Gym in Crouch End. Classes for babies 6 months to children of 10 can enjoy weekly classes in this specially designed gym. RRP £60 For more information check out the classes at

£35 or more

Fitness Classes

The incredible personal trainer and postnatal exercise guru Naomi ( is offering a set of 5 postnatal or Friday group bootcamp classes. To be used within 6 months of purchasing the reward.

£35 or more

A Meal for 2 at the Palm Pub

The Palm have generously donated a meal for 2, with a drink each (a pint of beer or a medium wine or a soft drink). We've heard they serve a mean Sunday Roast!

£45 or more

Skateboarding Merchandise

The very cool team at North London Skate Club are offering a piece of their merchandise, up to and including an adult hoodie from their webstore at RRP £52

£45 or more

Bowling at Rowan's for up to 6 people

Rowans has kindly donated 1 hour worth of bowling for up to 6 people on one lane. This offer does not apply to Friday or Saturday nights after 6pm or Bank Holidays. Reward must be used by 15th October 2024.

£50 or more

Park Theatre Tickets (Finsbury Park)

2 Tickets to see The Marilyn Conspiracy RRP £59 By Vicki McKellar and Guy Masterson Plays: Wed 19 Jun - Sat 27 Jul Buyer will be able to select an available showing to use the tickets.

£50 or more

A Private Skateboarding lesson

The very cool team at North London Skate Club are offering a 1:1 or 1:2 skateboarding lesson for just you or you and a friend if you are looking to learn or brush up on skills together. See for details of available locations. RRP £60

£65 or more

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tour

A tour of Tottenham Hotspur stadium for 2 adults and 2 children. Step behind the scenes at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on this immersive, self-guided experience. Walk in the footsteps of your favourite players and gain exclusive access to the men's first-team areas.

£75 or more

24 can mixed Case of Pressure Drop Beers

The amazing local craft brewery Pressure Drop are offering cases of 24 cans of a selection of their beers including a selection of pale ales, a sour, a German style beer and an American Ale. Check them out at This reward will be dropped off to you locally or we can arrange collection at the school.

£150 or more

A family ticket to Kaleidoscope festival

A ticket for 2 adults and 2 children to experience the delights of Kaleidoscope festival, held at Alexandra Palace on 13th July. This family friendly fiesta includes live music, comedy as well as children's entertainment. RRP £195

£200 or more

A week at Moving Waves Summer Camp

This year the Moving Waves Summer Camp is expanding to 3 whole weeks! Your child can enjoy a mix of activities including drama, dance, yoga, musical theatre, arts and crafts, ballet, story telling, stand up comedy and more! Accepting children from 4 to 14 years old. The camp is based at Chestnuts Park Community Centre. The camp runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm each day. Choose between weeks beginning 12th August, 19th August or 26th August.

£500 or more

Small Advertising banner for 6 weeks

A banner of up to 1m in size to be attached to the school railings on St Ann's Road or La Rose Lane. A fantastic opportunity for a local business to advertise and show support for their local community.

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