We at DEM Sports believe passionately that we have two exciting and innovative products which are perfect for the school environment – our newest product, the Multisport Foldaway Net System, and our space-saving Concertina Net System.
The Concertina system is a foldaway cricket net; and the Multisport system is essentially a bigger version of the Concertina Net System, which provides a playing space for a wide range of sports.
These are innovative solutions which are both designed to transform the available space – which may be limited especially in the case of inner-city schools – into a safe practice and playing space.
We have secured an arrangement with Funding 4 Education whereby these products can be leased by schools for a manageable amount. As an example, a Concertina Net could be leased for as little as around £18 per week, a Multisport System for around £23 per week, with the lease taken over a 5 year period. This is a really attractive option for schools as it would not tie up what is often a limited PE budget, and would probably not need the high level management approval that is often the case with expensive capital purchases.
We are working in partnership with the charity Capital Kids Cricket (CKC), to install concertina cages in primary schools in London Boroughs. Seven schools have so far had a net installed.
If a school opts to purchase or lease one of our cages, as part of the deal CKC will provide dedicated coaching facilities to teach pupils the game of cricket, and then continue with coaching sessions during the year.
With the support of Canary Wharf PLC, we have installed 20 cages in schools in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, with universally positive feedback about the ease of use of the equipment, and the enjoyment provided for the children. Please have a look at a selection of testimonials from some of the beneficiaries of the Canary Wharf initiative.
In addition, have a browse through our Demsports videos which include a show-round our Multisport and our Concertina cages, and a testimonial video about this Canary Wharf initiative.
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Cubitt town Junior School was one of the schools lucky enough to receive funding from Canary Wharf PLC to purchase and have concertina cricket nets installed in our playground.
In an area where football is the one game that seems to be easily catered for , we jumped at the chance of giving our children the opportunity to trial another sport. School development assemblies saw children express an interest in cricket. The biggest issues for schools taking on a sport such as cricket, is space. With 390 pupils and one playground this was an issue that we couldn’t seem to find a solution to. The offer of a concertina cricket net seemed to be the perfect answer. Not only did it give children a safe environment to practice in , it also took up minimal space when set up and could be compressed against a wall to allow for other games during PE/playtime.
However, like many schools where finances are tight, we had an issue with cost. Thanks to funding from Canary Wharf PLC and the vision of DEM sports Ltd we were able to make the children’s request become a reality.
The nets have allowed:
In the future we will be looking at how we could use these nets to support ‘father and child’ sessions – hopefully building up to cricket matches being played amongst the school community.
Robyn Bruce – Headteacher
It is with grateful thanks that I write this testimonial on behalf of all at Mossbourne Academy.
I would like to thank Canary Wharf PLC for providing the opportunity for the installation of a new cricket net at Mossbourne Academy. The students of the Academy were enthralled after the initial installation of the cricket net and it is thoroughly enjoyed by all. We operate the net before the academy day starts, break time and at lunch times. The net itself is easy to set up, making it versatile, space saving and safe. The installation of the equipment was quick and efficient. The quality of the cricket net itself is excellent, it is robust and aesthetically pleasing during use and when folded away. The equipment is unique in space saving and practical in design.Due to the vast numbers of students using the equipment facility, the Academy has purchased a second cricket net (donation of funds through our Parent Teacher Association and support of DEM Sports).
We now have a designated and bespoke cricket net facility area in a relatively small playground that is safe and maximised in use. We already have plans to further double the resource and fund raising has already started (4 nets in total).
The Academy always looks to increase participation levels of activity in the playgrounds and the nets certainly help towards achieving this.Mossbourne Academy can’t thank Canary Wharf PLC and DEM Sports enough for what can only be described as a fantastic opportunity and facility we now have. The support is invaluable and without it an initiative like this would be very hard to bring to fruition. This opportunity has now given impetus to a vision for a larger project of participation and cricket within the Academy.I would unreservedly recommend this equipment to other educational establishments and cricket clubs.
Neil Robinson – Assistant Vice Principal
Osmani Primary School had its’ Concertina Cricket Cage delivered and installed in Key Stage 2 Playground. It is easy to use, takes little space when folded back and supports both children’s play time and the structured physical games that are part of our curriculum.
When Spring term comes, our children will enjoy even more use of this cage as they start to play cricket again. They are showing a greater enthusiasm and more inclination to practice; this is encouraged as other children using the playground area are kept safe from any “wild balls”.
This is not something we would have been able to buy for ourselves but having it provided by the generosity of the Canary Wharf Group has opened new avenues of exercise to both tutors and children. We are talking to Head Teachers at other local schools who are also enjoying these concertina cricket cages to see if we can arrange an E1 Primary School Cricket Tournament in the summer term that will encourage the children to further develop their skills and enjoy the wider benefits of sports such as co-ordination, healthier lifestyles and team work.
A very big “THANK YOU” to the sponsors – your gift is much appreciated.”
Runa Begum – School Business Manager
As a brand new school in a very deprived area of Tower Hamlets, we were delighted to receive our cricket net in the autumn term, Our children have limited sporting experiences and opportunities outside school so it is up to us to provide them. The arrival of the cricket net completed the multi-sport and skills experiences we can provide in our new outdoor area.
Cricket skills have been built into the curriculum for the spring and summer terms and the school will be running an after school Cricket Club in the spring.
We feel very fortunate that the cricket net has been externally sponsored as it not something the school could have afforded independently and certainly, with the current squeeze on public sector budgets, it is not something that would have been a priority in the immediate future. You have ensured that our pupils’ horizons remain broad and that they have equal access to a wide range of sporting activities. Thank you.
I am delighted with how the Concertina Cricket Net donated by Canary Wharf Group PLC has helped to transform our playground. The children are passionate about playing cricket but it was always difficult to manage amongst lots of other activities. Thanks to the net, children can safely take part in a range of outdoor bat and ball games both at lunchtime and in after school clubs.
It is not something we would have been able to fund for ourselves so the donation has greatly helped us expand the opportunities for children. It has also helped to create a happy, healthy and active outdoor environment for everyone.
Lorraine Flanagan – Headteacher