£500,000 boost for sporting students

Blackpool Sixth Form's new �500,000 sports hall.
Blackpool Sixth Form's new �500,000 sports hall.
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A COLLEGE has unveiled its new £500,000 sports hall revamp.

The Blackpool Sixth Form College development was designed to bring facilities up to date with the rest of the college’s contemporary surroundings and provide students with state-of-the-art learning equipment.

One of the features designed by architects Cassidy and Ashton is a unique mezzannine level providing space for youngsters to view competitive action and learn about the games taking place.

The total cost of recent work at Blackpool Sixth Form comes to £22m with the latest cash being spent on the sports hall’s brand new gym equipment, including treadmills, free weights and cross trainers, which can all be hired by the community.

Jon McLeod, head of admissions at the college, told The Gazette: “These new facilities will allow us to further develop our growing sports provision at the Sixth Form.

“In recent months we’ve been awarded Sports Leadership Academy status and are one of the few colleges in the north west to receive College Sports Maker funding from Sports England.

“We have more students than ever playing sport, studying sports courses and volunteering in schools.

“With this new equipment and this excellent environment, we are all very excited about the future of sport in our college.”

The work has provided the sports hall with its own entrance, while the front of the building was re-rendered and re-clad to match the rest of the college’s quality finish.

Cassidy and Ashton director Alastair Baines added: “It’s certainly a very good addition to the college and a teaching facility as much as anything else.

“What we have done with the mezzanine is create a level which overlooks the sports hall so students can observe and learn about the dynamics of sport.

“It’s always been a sports hall but the addition of the 
teaching space gives it an added benefit over some other sports halls which don’t have these facilities.

“There’s also a multi-use gym and the sports hall can cater for a lot of different sports including basketball and football.”