CHILDREN will be able to improve their sports techniques after a building company donated six iPads to their school.

Greenland Community Primary School, based in South Moor, near Stanley, received the donation from building and roofing company Hodgson Sayers, which is marking its 35th birthday by helping a number of worthy causes.

Head teacher Rose Bainbridge said: “We heard about the company’s pledge to support the local community and were thrilled when it responded to our request for a donation of iPads.

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“The six iPads will be used primarily for outdoor learning and physical education, where the children video themselves in activities such as gymnastics so they can replay their efforts and see how they can improve on their technique.

“Our under-seven football team also took part in a tournament, playing against other youngsters from South Moor, Consett and Wickham. Hodgson Sayers kindly donated a medal to each player which was a great gesture and made the pupils feel very special.”

So far this year, members of the Stanley-based company have taken part in a three-day charity bike ride, blood donation and three staff have signed up to the Great North Run.

In addition, Beamish Tigers football club has benefitted from a brand new football kit.

Managing director John Sayers said: “It would be very easy for us to just host a party to celebrate our anniversary but we wanted to create a legacy, one that reflects our commitment to the local community”.