Loughborough Endowed Schools starts work on new £3.5m sports centre

Work has begun on a new £3.5m state-of-the-art sports centre at Loughborough Endowed Schools, which will include a multi-use sports hall, fitness suite, a dance studio and brand new changing rooms

Work has begun on a state-of-the-art sports centre at Loughborough Endowed Schools, paving the way for pupils to discover the physical and mental benefits of staying active.

The construction team broke ground on June 5 to get the landmark £3.5m project underway. Due to be completed in Spring 2019, the facility will be used by pupils from across the Foundation of Schools.

When open, it will include a multi-use sports hall, fitness suite with strength and cardio equipment, a dance studio and brand new changing rooms.

Jim Doherty, chief operating officer, says the facility is set to play an important role in promoting sports participation among pupils, no matter what their age or ability, and sow the seeds for a lifelong love of sport.

“This is an ambitious project and one that we believe will bring immense benefits to the Foundation. It will be a place that offers something for everyone, whether they want to compete to the highest level as an individual or member of a team, feel strong and capable, or simply try something for the first time.

“We know sporting excellence and improved fitness are commendable goals in their own right, but we should also recognise the part exercise plays in developing valuable life skills such as resilience, determination and team working. Those who exercise regularly often say that it helps to alleviate stress and focus the mind, which is essential during busy exam periods and later on in working lives.”

He added that the sports centre would also host external games and tournaments:

“We are creating a place that we can all be proud of when visiting teams come to play here. Some of them will have travelled from across the county, or further, so it’s important that they – and their parents and teachers – enjoy their time with us.”

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Loughborough Endowed Schools comprises four independent schools, Loughborough Grammar School (for boys aged 10 to 18), Loughborough High School (for girls aged 11 to 18), Our Lady’s Convent School (co-ed, for pupils aged 4 to 18) and Fairfield Preparatory School (co-ed aged 3 to 11).

The school is working with Rugby-based construction firm Stepnells to deliver the project.

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