portable multi use games areas from smooga
encourage inclusive games and reduce playground conflict and accidents in the playground
make your playgrounds look new and exciting in just two hours
smooga is so effective in reducing the conflict experienced in playgrounds because it provides a safe physical boundary to contain children and young people playing football and other rumbustious games. There are two happy outcomes, children absolutely love playing inside a smooga arena and all children outside it can play more safely and confidently. That’s why it’s great for playgrounds and sports clubs; it keeps ball games contained and keeps the players focused on their activity.
However, there is more to a smooga than meets the eye. This is what Head Teacher Alison Townsend of Emneth Primary School had to say:
There have been a number of differences as a result of the smooga. Younger children now have space to play sports; and arguments and disagreements have stopped. Previously, teachers would spend the first 30 minutes after lunch trying to resolve issues caused in the playground and the space was also dominated by older children.
The Business Manager at Garswood Primary School who was kind enough to tell us:
The smooga is the best investment we’ve made for the school in a long time.
So, what is a smooga?
It's a Multi Use Games Area, but it’s Smart! Imagine an arena with 4 sides, made up of modular, push-fit panels, which have a lightweight plastic top section and a heavier base which keeps it firmly on the ground and you have a smooga. It's safe - the system is designed to be robust enough to withstand the pressure of being pushed or fallen against. It has no sharp edges or trip hazards and what’s more, it can be left out all year round.
Unlike fixed MUGA systems, (which are fantastic by the way) it is flexible - you can move it around, set it up where you need it, change its’ shape or size and use it for many activities. The most common purpose will probably be for football, but it's ideal for hockey, handball and many other PE games and sports. You don’t have to make an arena, some schools use the modular panels as separating walls for zoning.
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