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IT COULD be new equipment for your playground, an allotment to grow vegetables or even some new musical instruments.

Whatever the dream is, your school could win a share of £6,000 to be spent on building projects, thanks to The News School Build Challenge.

DIGGING IN From left, Samuel Turaganivalu, six, Emily Austin, seven, Sam Midgley, seven, and Grace Pearce, six, from Victory Primary school, which will be entering the competition. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131312-1)

DIGGING IN From left, Samuel Turaganivalu, six, Emily Austin, seven, Sam Midgley, seven, and Grace Pearce, six, from Victory Primary school, which will be entering the competition. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131312-1)

Launched with construction firms Warings and Leadbitter, prizes of work to the value of £3,000 for the winner, £2,000 for the runner-up and £1,000 to the third placed school are on offer.

The money is being offered to primary schools across the area to support projects.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘We are firmly behind anything that can be a benefit to the local community and we are passionate about investing in the future of the city.

‘Investing in our schools is a good way to support our children.

‘This could go a long way to benefitting our local schools and helping our children to learn and have the best possible start in life.’

David Cook, regional director for Warings and Leadbitter, said: ‘We are committed to engaging with our local community.

‘Leadbitter has held three School Build Challenges in previous years with much success.

‘This challenge is important to us because it engages local school pupils by giving them the opportunity to improve the quality of the environment at their school.

‘It increases their awareness of the construction industry and enables them to have an influence on their surroundings.

‘We are really looking forward to seeing the creative ideas that the pupils produce.’

HOW TO ENTER

To enter the competition, please write a maximum of 250 words explaining what you would like to have for your school within the budget.

The entries will be sent in to The News and a panel of judges will narrow them down to a final short list.

Please send your entries to Promotions, The News, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX.

Alternatively, you can also email your entry directly to david.hoggarth@thenews.co.uk.

The closing date for all entries is midday on Monday, June 10.