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School’s sports pitch hope

Rossall School has some of the finest facilities in the independent sector says headteacher Elaine Purves (below).

Rossall School has some of the finest facilities in the independent sector says headteacher Elaine Purves (below).

Pupils at a Fylde coast high school are set to benefit from a new £350,000 all-weather sports pitch.

The floodlit multi-use games area (MUGA) is part of plans to improve the sporting facilities at Rossall School and will be used by students as well as the wider community.

The latest investment follows the £4m that has been spent revamping the independent school, on Broadway, since 2010.

Designs have now been submitted to Wyre Council for approval and would see state of the art facilities, to be used mainly for tennis, netball and basketball, built in the school grounds.

The plans are due to be considered by Wyre’s planni9ng committee on February 27.

A separate application has been sent in to expand the existing car park to offset space lost to the new development.

If the scheme gets the green light from planners, it could be complete in time for the start of the next school year.

Headteacher Elaine Purves said: “The investment we have made over the last three years means that we have some of the finest facilities in the independent education sector.

“Our pupils are passionate about sport and developing the courts is another sign of our commitment to sporting excellence and healthy lifestyles here at the school.”

According to school bosses, the development means pupils would no longer need to leave the campus to access sporting facilities.

The school said it also plans to make them available to the general public in a similar way it does with its swimming pool.

A planning statement, submitted alongside the designs, said: “It is the intention of Rossall School to enhance its existing sports facilities by providing additional pitches that can be used by pupils for a variety of sports.

“The proposed MUGA has been designed in accordance with Sport England guidance and incorporates floodlighting, fencing and an all-weather playing surface.

“The proposed development will also provide a recreational facility for the local community that is available to hire on weekdays, at weekends and outside of term-time.

“The budget cost for the courts is £350,000, which has been partly funded by a donation from the family of the late Douglas Peters, Old Rossallian, in his memory.”

The school has already spent millions improving its study, sports, catering and accommodation facilities for its 700 pupils in recent years.

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