Keynsham school opens new £3.25m sport centre

Published on: 09 Nov 2012

Keynsham school opens new £3.25m sport centre

A school’s new £3.25m sports centre will open for lessons this month.

Wellsway School pupils will soon be using the centre’s six-court badminton hall, a dance studio and a fitness suite.

Many of the students got their first look inside the new building when school assembly was held in the sports centre before half term.

Head teacher Andrea Arlidge said: “The design of the building is superb and we are all looking forward to using it when it opens in November.

“The new facility will also be open to the community who will also be able to benefit from the fantastic facilities.”

The school has a sports and science specialism, and celebrated the Olympic and Paralympic year through many events, including its own torch relay.

Mrs Arlidge said: “We fully embraced the Olympics and Paralympics with visiting athletes and lots of fun activities, including running our own Keynsham and Saltford Torch Relay that went between local schools in the day and local sports clubs in the evening.

“This work has gained national recognition and we are determined now to lead the development of a strong Olympic/Paralympic legacy in our school and for our local community.”  

Work got under way on the sports centre after the official turf-cutting ceremony in January. The school has appointed Mark Collins as sports centre manager and he will take up the role in December.

It is planned that the centre will be available for use by the community in the evenings, at weekends and during school holidays from the new year.

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