A Chester primary school is one of 600 schools in the UK to be awarded £18m of funding to help improve its outdoor facilities.

Mill View Primary School in Upton will benefit from the cash boost provided by The National Lottery, which aims to help children become more active by expanding their outdoor activity spaces.

Work on the construction of a 10 x 7 secure sporting area is expected to be completed during the summer holidays, in time for the new school year.

The space will also be available for use by the local community out of school hours.

Headteacher Susan Walters said the school was delighted to have been chosen for the funding.

“We put the bid in to Sport England back in March and are thrilled to have secured the funding.

“It will mean we can increase the number of sport and PE sessions during lunchtime and after school so this will make a huge difference.”

Sport England Chair Nick Bitel said: “Having the right space to play sport and be physically active as a child is vitally important.

“We are delighted to be investing into these schools to improve the areas that will give children the space to start enjoying PE and sport.”

Sebastian Coe, the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador, added: “A positive first experience of PE and sport at primary school is crucial to encouraging young people to be active throughout their lives, but for those schools with little or no outside space this can be extremely challenging to deliver.

“This funding will provide better outdoor multi-activity play areas at schools across the country that can be used both within the curriculum and outside school hours by local communities.

“I am convinced this will boost the opportunities for young people to be physically active.”