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Sport England Newsletter 'The Pitch' - Issued March 2012

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March 2012 News 

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Opening up school facilities for community use

This week Sport England published guidance which will help thousands of schools across the country open up their sporting facilities to the local community.

At the moment, 76 per cent of sports halls, 73 per cent of artificial grass pitches, 29 per cent of swimming pools and 52 per cent of grass pitches in England are located within the education sector.

This means that a lot of the country’s sports facilities sit redundant in the evening at weekends and during the school holidays, despite many sports clubs desperately crying out for somewhere to play.

“Good quality facilities are vital to the success of community sport, yet too often clubs struggle to find a location where they can train and play,” said Charles Johnston, Property Director at Sport England. “We hope that this guidance will help schools open up their facilities and experience a host of benefits whilst also supporting sport in their area.”

The new guidance advises on the best possible and simplest approach to opening up school facilities, as well as aiming to help head teachers, governors, school business managers and potential school partners understand the benefits of community use. These include:

Improved educational attainment and attendance
Training and career opportunities for students
Increased funding opportunities
Promoting the school within the local community
Sporting opportunities for staff and pupils.
The guidance is supported by the National College for School Leadership, an organisation that represents over 95,000 school leaders, governors and administrators.

“The National College welcomes the publication of this guidance which will make it easier for schools to make available their sporting facilities to the local community and increase the use of these valuable assets,” said Trevor Summerson, Head of School Business Management and Efficiency at the National College.

The guidance is just one part of a wider programme of work that Sport England is doing to improve access to school sports facilities. As part of our new strategy, all secondary schools who wish to do so will be helped to open up, or keep open, their sports facilities for local community use and at least a third of these will receive additional funding to make this happen.
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Bexley gets Iconic Facility

The Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, joined the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Olympic hopeful Zoe Smith to officially open the Europa Centre in Bexley on 6 March.

The new state-of-the-art facility has received £1.24 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England’s Iconic Facilities fund, part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme, Places People Play.

“The Europa Centre encapsulates exactly what we’re aiming to achieve through our legacy investments,” said Jennie Price, Sport England’s Chief Executive. “Gym users from the local community can now enjoy their sport in world-class facilities. I’d like to pay particular tribute to Len and Yvonne Arnold who have put their hearts and souls into this project and helped to create a truly Iconic Facility.”

Despite its popularity, two years ago the Europa Gym faced an uncertain future. Based in leased premises in an outdated converted industrial building in Erith, owners Len and Yvonne were looking at the gym’s possible closure. The London Borough of Bexley led a project team that worked tirelessly to secure funding from outside agencies to make the new Centre a reality.

“It is truly amazing to start with a dream of an ideal facility, and to be here today to realise that dream is testament to all those who joined in to help complete this extraordinary centre,” said Len. “I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all those that went the extra mile to make it possible.”

The new Centre includes a martial arts and dance studio, a boxing studio, dedicated weights studio, fitness studio and gymnastics hall, and will also become a London 2012 Games Time Training Venue for both the Olympic and Paralympic Volleyball squads this summer. There will be 24 Olympic and 18 Paralympic teams training at the centre.

Speaking at the opening, the Minister talked about how this year’s Games will be the catalyst for a revolution in British sport at all levels over the next decade.

He said elite, community and competitive school sport will receive a boost off the back of London 2012 that can lead to a cultural shift in this country’s sports’ participation habits in the years to come.

“Sport in this country will benefit greatly from hosting London 2012 at all levels - from elite athletes to the grassroots,” said Hugh Robertson. “It is a massive opportunity for us to drive change and encourage people up and down the country to choose sport. We are doing all we can to put the building blocks in place so that sport is ready to capitalise in the days, months and years that follow London 2012.”
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