HAPPY youngsters in Birdsedge have a great new play area.
And their fun will be repeated at schools across the district as a £6m project gets up and running.
The money has come from the National Lottery, Kirklees Council and schools' funds.
And it will mean playground improvements at 28 local primary schools and new sports halls at three high schools.
Also, two further outdoor activity sites will be developed at Bradley Wood in Huddersfield and Fan Woods in Spen Valley, for use by scouts, guides and other community groups.
The lottery has given £4.3m to the project.
Birdsedge First School is the first to benefit.
The playground now includes a multi-court area for ball games and will also have a ball wall and a climbing wall.
Head teacher Jean Ross said: "The kids love it and we hope it will improve their health and fitness.
"Football is now played in the multi-court area, so that leaves the playground free for the rest of the children.
"One thing they particularly enjoy is the heart line, which is a red line which meanders round the playground.
"The climbing wall, which will be mainly for traversing, will improve their strength and agility".
The next school to benefit will be Almondbury CE Infant School, with a new-look playground due to be finished early in the New Year.
Other schemes in the pipeline include new sports halls at Colne Valley High School, Thornhill Community Science College and Westmoor School.
Ruth Pawson, manager of the play project, said: "This project will transform and develop the playgrounds of 28 primary schools, which is a fantastic resource not just for the schools but the community.
"We are trying to improve physical activity and sport in schools to make sure each pupil gets at leats two hours of high-quality physical education each week in school and at playtime".