How MUGAs and Mini Pitches Are Keeping Our Teenagers Out of Trouble

Thursday, 23rd April 2015 3:37 pm

The acronym MUGA is an abbreviation of Multi – Use Games Area and is exactly what it describes – a games area that has been purpose built to accommodate many different games. We often see MUGAs in cities, very small towns and even schools, where there is very little green space and places for children to play. MUGAs are designed for children as young as three and adults as old as ninety-three to enjoy, however it is probably teenagers and young adults who benefit from them the most. MUGAs play a vital role in communities by promoting exercise and improving health and well being among its users.

A typical MUGA consists of two football and basketball goals and surrounding fences so that balls can rebound off without leaving the area. The whole goal area is suitable to accommodate many different sports, and markings on the surface ensure that all games can be refereed fairly. Many councils installed MUGAs to encourage children to participate in exercise as part of the legacy of the London Olympics in 2012 and to counteract the loss of green spaces to housing estates.

MUGAs not only encourage exercise and fitness, they also promote social interaction and cooperation as groups will either have to share the space or arrange to play there at different times. Organised training sessions such as tennis, football, Tag rugby, Kwik Cricket, hockey and basketball can all be taught there. Whether a child chooses to participate in an activity on the MUGA or just likes to watch their friends play they are interacting with others and taking a healthy interest in sport.

At Playdale we have a selection of MUGA and Mini Pitch designs, allowing you to choose the most appropriate one for your specification. The Agoraspace Junior has been designed for children between the ages of 5 – 12 and is most suited to the primary school environment. The Crossplay AB is cross shaped and comes in a variety of different area sizes and is suitable for all age ranges. The Brasilia has four Brasilia goals and is available in a number of different sizes to suit any budget, again this is suitable for all ages. The Classic MUGA is a great all rounder that is available in five different configurations and suitable for ages 3 – adult. The TM Range consists of all of the other MUGA layouts but is manufactured in metal.

If you would like to receive further information about our MUGAs and Mini Pitches we would be delighted to discuss all of the options with you.