Boost for community sports facilities is welcomed

WELCOME NEWS: Howard Kemp, headteacher at Farringdon Community Sports Academy, on their 3G Football pitch.
WELCOME NEWS: Howard Kemp, headteacher at Farringdon Community Sports Academy, on their 3G Football pitch.
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COLLEGES have welcomed plans to fund community sports clubs at secondary schools across Wearside.

The funding is part of a £1billion plan to get young people involved in sport, pledged as part of the 2012 Olympics bid.

Howard Kemp, headteacher at Farringdon Community Sports College, praised the funding announcement and said he hopes it will result in further ties between the school and community.

Mr Kemp said: “When I heard the announcement I thought it was fantastic. I would say without a doubt it’s a good thing. As a school what we do very well is engage the pupils through sport.

“We run a lot of sports classes and the majority of kids at the school are leading healthier lives and developing fitness and enjoyment through sport.”

Sport England, which is focused on creating a world-leading community sport system, will help set up about 4,000 clubs where expert coaches will run sessions to create ties between schools and existing local sports clubs under a five-year youth and community sport strategy,

Mr Kemp said: “We have sports facilities used by the community and we already have a number of community groups.”

He hopes the funding for the community sports clubs will mean that Farringdon can improve on the services they already offer.

He added: “Hopefully, we will be able to provide something extra. We will be able to look to the needs of the community and look to develop some sporting need.”

Farringdon School was first awarded sports college status in 2002 and has developed its sports facilities including the 3G football pitch which is regularly used by people in the community.

“The school is a good resource to the community and that’s how it should be,” added Mr Kemp.

Richard Wilkinson, headteacher at Biddick School Sports College, said the plans were welcome in times of austerity.

He added: “In these challenging times for young people and across the country, any investment in young people has got to be welcomed.”

Biddick School became a sports college in 1997 and was one of the first colleges in the country along with 10 other schools.

Mr Wilkinson said: “We have community football, community basketball bring people into the school. It’s the right way to show that the schools in our community are not islands, they are resources that can be used to bring together the community and school through sport.”

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