Lottery cash for school

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 January 2013

Worle School netball team at the site of their proposed netball court.

Worle School netball team at the site of their proposed netball court.


A NORTH Somerset school will open four new sports courts to students and the wider public thanks to a £67,000 grant.

Sport England has this week revealed how the project at Worle Community School is one of more than 1,000 across the country to receive National Lottery funding.

Every sports facility that receives cash under the scheme will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to last year’s Olympic Games.

Worle Community School will use the £67,000 to provide four new tennis and netball courts, which are likely to be floodlit.

The cash comes through Inspired Facilities, part of the National Lottery’s £150million Places People Play legacy programme.

The school in Redwing Drive will contribute an equal amount of funding to achieve the project within 2013 and the courts will be made available to the community and local clubs in the evenings and weekends.

Sport England chairman Richard Lewis said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“With so many clubs in the South West having benefited from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”

Worle Community School is one of 310 projects across England to receive lottery investment from the third round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,000 to benefit overall, with the milestone being achieved one year ahead of schedule.

Worle headteacher Peter Binding said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which will allow us to continue to improve our facilities and strive to offer the best learning environment in North Somerset.

“This is just the next phase in Worle Community School’s development of its facilities and will superbly compliment the two new artificial pitches opened in October and the new @Worle sports facility which was opened in early 2013.”

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