A school needs your vote to win £200k for a sports hall

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:18 23 February 2018

Westhaven School pupils and Head of the PTA Chris Ashworth outside the old school sports hall.

Westhaven School pupils and Head of the PTA Chris Ashworth outside the old school sports hall.

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A school in Uphill could win £200,000 to pay for a new sports hall – but it needs your vote to help make that happen.

Westhaven School, in Ellesmere Road, has made it through to the national finals of Persimmon’s healthy communities competition.

The school has won £5,000 by reaching this stage, but it stands to win £50,000 or £200,000 if enough people vote for the project.

The special school has been raising money for a new sports hall and the top prize would give them enough to finally build it.

Tommy Barlow, head of PE and project lead for the scheme, said: “We’ve nearly raised £70,000 in just under three years. If we win this we will build a sports hall.

“We need to raise £250,000, and if we win, we’ll have more than that. I’m sure there will be hidden costs so having a little bit extra will be good.”

Westhaven School in Uphill caters for 96 pupils with a range of learning difficulties or physical disabilities which mean they cannot use the facilities available in mainstream schools.

Over the past 10 years, Westhaven has expanded to include a horticulture department, new play areas, and computers but it does not have a dedicated sports hall.

The school has a single hall which is used for PE, assemblies and lunch and its changing rooms are not large enough to accommodate the 15 students who use it each PE lesson.

The new hall would have two changing rooms, and could also be used by the wider Uphill community.

Westhaven is one of 30 schools to reach the finals and it is now appealing for votes to help it win.

Voting began on Monday and the winner will be selected by public vote.

Mr Barlow added: “We have got through to the national finals. This means we have won at leat £5,000. However – we do have a chance of winning £50,000 or even the top prize of £200,000.

“Please help Westhaven to win by voting for us every day for six weeks. Please get everyone you know to vote for us too.

“This is a really exciting development – our pupils may be getting that sports hall that they need so much sooner than we thought.”

People can vote once every 24 hours at http://healthycommunities.persimmon.fuse8staging.com/finalist/westhaven-special-school-2265 until March 16.

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