Parents are fighting to get their school pitches repaired as the sports grounds are cracked and have weeds coming through.

St Francis Primary Parent Council is calling for the school’s MUGA and red ash pitch to receive an upgrade and regular maintenance alongside a local councillor.

Mum Charisse O’Neill said only half the MUGA is fit for use and part of the surface has worn away. She pointed out that the ash pitch is not regularly maintained and is overgrown with weeds and grass.

Southside central councillor Soryia Siddique said the school’s red ash pitch seems to be forgotten.

Pointing out the Gorbals primary is located in an “area of high poverty”, Ms O’Neill said the “facilities are extremely vital.”

Explaining how there hasn’t been work to update the surfaces for years, she said: “Access to any facilities for play and exercise is paramount to giving children experiences of sport and activity that they may not get otherwise.

"It is also restrictive for the school in providing access to the curriculum for PE.”

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After a recent visit to see the state of the play areas, the Labour councillor said: “Thanks to St Francis Primary School and Parent Council for the site visit discussing the forgotten red ash pitch and MUGA in need of repair.

“I have raised this with Glasgow City Council education again and will continue to support their campaign as it is important for children and families to have improved play areas. Play areas help kids build their motor skills and benefit physical health.

“The place spaces upgrade must be funded to ensure there are optimum play spaces to allow learning through play.”

A council spokesperson said: “An updated maintenance contract for all weather pitches is being looked at by procurement now.

“Options are also being explored by the school in respect of the red ash pitch and they will keep the parent council updated  on developments.”