Special school wins £5k for new sports hall project
PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 April 2018
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A school in Uphill has won a £5,000 grant to put towards a new sports hall.
Westhaven School reached the finals of the Persimmon Healthy Communities scheme and staff were hoping to win the top prize of £200,000 which would pay for the hall to be built.
The competition went to a public vote and the Heart of England Community Boxing Club received the most support and won the top prize.
Westhaven School was one of 27 organisations which received £5,000 for making it to the finals.
Jamie Peacock, Deputy Headteacher at Westhaven School, said: “We are so proud that our school could be given the chance to win such a large sum of money. “And although we didn’t win the final prize of £200,000, the £5,000 takes us one step closer in our fundraising efforts and we’ll continue to raise money to get our new sports hall.”
Tommy Barlow, head of PE and project leader for the scheme said: “We are very proud and grateful for all the support and hard work put in by our supporters and will carry on with our fundraising to realise our dream of a new sports hall for our pupils.
“We are going to continue to explore avenues for raising funds so watch this space and remember if you have any ideas for helping to fundraise we would love to hear about it.”
The special school, which caters for 96 pupils with a range of learning difficulties and physical disabilities, has one hall which it uses for PE assemblies and lunch.
Its changing facilities are also not big enough to accommodate the 15 students who use it for each PE lesson.
The school wants to build a new hall and changing rooms which could be used by the wider Uphill community.
It needs to find £250,000 for the project and by the end of April, the school will have raised £62,900 towards it.
Steve Roche, managing director at Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “We have been overwhelmed by both the response to the competition, and the hard work of those involved within the sporting clubs, who work exceptionally hard to train the next generation of sporting heroes.”
Persimmon Homes launched its Healthy Communities scheme last May, and since then it has given out £615,000 to support amateur youth sport in England, Scotland and Wales.