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East Oxford school plans expansion to be academy for sport
A FUNDRAISING campaign has been launched to raise extra funds to upgrade sports facilities at Oxford Spires Academy.
Oxford City Council has already pledged £200,000, in April, to help build a new gym.
But the campaign aims to raise more cash for the gym and upgrade the cricket pavilion and tennis courts at the school in Glanville Road.
The existing gym is used by pupils during school hours and is open to the public in the evenings and at weekends.
But with the impending closure of Temple Cowley Pools and Fitness Centre, at a date still to be announced, the academy says it wants to offer a better facility to the local community.
Headteacher Sue Croft said: “We are committed to building on our strong community-use ethos and have identified the need for new health and fitness facilities which both students and the community can benefit from.”
The academy has appointed the Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy (SLC) to help develop its plans to expand its facilities for the community to use.
Mrs Croft said: “We are looking forward to working with SLC to support us in developing an integrated approach to community-use facility development at Oxford Spires to provide good-value, high-quality opportunities for even more members of the local community.”
The main focus of the work is for a new gym to be built as an extension to one of the existing school buildings.
The chairman of the governors at Oxford Spires Academy, Tony Brett, said: “I’m already extremely proud of the education and opportunities Oxford Spires provides for all our students and it’s great that we are encouraging the whole community to use our facilities so everyone can enjoy the health and fitness benefits they offer.
“Places of education are at their best when they are at the heart of their communities, so I feel sure this initiative will bring great benefits to the already excellent teaching and learning going on at Oxford Spires as well as boosting our already strong community links.”
The school and SLC are preparing bids for grants towards the cost of the project from bodies such as Sport England.
A total figure for the fundraising target has not been given.
SLC director Duncan Wood-Allum said: “We were delighted to be invited by Oxford Spires Academy to support them in developing sustainable plans for improving their community use facilities.”
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