YOUNGSTERS in Malton have use of new multi-games area (MUGA) thanks to an initiative by the town council

The innovative MUGA is a unique concept, creating a dedicated space at the Rainbow Lane play area for young people to play sports such as football, basketball, hockey, tennis, badminton and volleyball.

The new high functioning and flexible system has been customised to deliver a versatile sporting area in the heart of Malton.

Suitable for all ages, the MUGA a is suitable for all ages and encourages young people to work as a team and build relationships within our community. The benefits include improved concentration, focus, skills and coordination. Other benefits include increased levels of fitness and improved moods, thanks to an increased level of exercise and endorphins.

Councillor Paul Emberley, Mayor of Malton, said: “These improvements at the Rainbow Lane are fantastic for the young people of our town.

“They are part of a wide range of new initiatives being rolled out by Malton Town Council for the benefit of everyone in our community – providing new and wide-ranging facilities that are fit for purpose and meet the physical, social and personal needs of the town’s rapidly growing population.”

Cllr Emberley said the renovated MUGA has been specifically requested by young people in Malton – following consultation. “The play area is well used by children of all ages and this is an opportunity for older children too, to keep active and to have fun,” he added.

“Rainbow Lane Play Area not only contributes to the attractiveness of our community but it also promotes physical health and wellbeing by encouraging people to be more active. The town council has invested in these improvements to ensure that the play area will continue to be well-used for many years to come – and that the residents of Malton can feel proud to live in our town.

“Above all, the town council is committed to listening to its residents and seeking to fund projects which matter most to them – and we’ll continue to do that.”