We have made good progress over the last two years to build the SpiritAtPlay centre. We are now in need of adding a hard standing enclosure for use as an activity area where the horses and visitors will interact. The project will involve laying an all-weather surface for an outdoor ménage. Presently there are no such facilities on our site. The benefits of having this ménage are as follows:
- Visitors have a safer environment in which to interact with the horses.
- This area will enable us to run sessions all year round.
- Allow us to support more people of all ages and abilities.
- We can develop advanced natural horsemanship programmes and techniques.
- Easier access for people with disabilities, as a safe, enclosed and dry surface.
We are now in need of adding a hard standing enclosure for use as an activity area where the horses and visitors will interact.Judith Edwards SpiritAtPlay
The hardstanding area is going to be a rectangular arena approximately the size of a tennis court. Quotations from local suppliers are estimated to be about £5,000. We have not raised any funds towards this particular aspect of the project so far. However, now that we have been funded by the Big Lottery to run the Families United project, to the rural community of Leicestershire we need even more than ever to create the suitable arena in which to carry out the activities.