A Lancashire school will extend its leisure facilities to the local community with a brand new development backed by local authorities.
Lostock Hall Academy is unveiling plans to bring an aging and deteriorated tarmac area to life with two phases of work that will make it a focal point for sporting activities in the South Ribble area.
This means that school children will benefit from the offer within the framework of the program with sports clubs and activities for the community throughout the year as well.
South Ribble Borough Council leader Councilor Paul Foster said: “We are committed to providing leisure opportunities in the community and working with schools and other organizations who have spaces and facilities is an important way for us to develop this.
“We are really excited about the projects offered by Lostock Hall Academy and we will be looking to help the school with funding to provide more opportunities for students to become active and this will become a good base for sports clubs and holiday activities.
“We’ve seen a huge demand for business during the pandemic and we can’t wait to see that come to fruition.”
The proposals would see a large multi-use games area (MUGA) split in two, with one half being resurfaced to make it suitable for league netball, tennis, basketball and other school activities.
The other half would be covered with a new artificial GEN2 multi-use playground suitable for hockey and recreational football.
There will also be a 113m six-lane sprint track to the rear of MUGA and a long pit to the side to provide year-round athletics facilities.
There would then be a future phase to consider developing a full-scale 3G pitch at the football and training school for other sports.
Lostock Hall Academy Principal Gaynor Gorman said: “Upgrading our sports and leisure facilities at the academy has been part of our strategic plan for several years.
“The partnership and financial support from South Ribble Borough Council will allow us to make these facilities available to our students and the wider community sooner than expected.
“This comes at such a critical time as we come back to life after the pandemic.
“The past two years have been very challenging for our students and our community and this facility will go a long way in ensuring that everyone in the Lostock Hall Academy community has access to and benefits from physical activity.
“This project follows other recent investments at the academy to refurbish the school’s IT department, install new boilers throughout, as well as necessary electrical and roof work.
“All of this work continues to ensure that Lostock Hall Academy is a welcoming place for our community to feel part of it.
“We are delighted to be working with South Ribble Borough Council and believe we have a shared vision to support sport and recreation within the community.”
The council is offering to support the project with a mix of funding including a loan, grant and s106 money from development sites taking place in the area.