A NEW £6 million sports hall and all-weather pitch at Gordon’s School will be available for use by residents to play sports such as badminton, basketball and indoor cricket.
The hall at the secondary school in West End will have enough space for four badminton courts, changing rooms, a café, first aid room and storage.
The development, which will be funded by the Gordon Foundation, was approved Environment Secretary Michael Gove last week.
Plans had been passed by Surrey Heath Borough Council and then had to go to Mr Gove because the development is above the size permitted on Green Belt Land and not in the local plan.
A spokesman for the school said the new facilities will allow its pupils to take part in more competitive events at all levels, whatever the weather.
“Students currently take part in over 22 extracurricular sporting activities,” she added. “The all-weather floodlit pitch will enable the PE programme to be expanded to include sports such as basketball, badminton and volleyball.”
Jamie Sinclair, the school’s head of house, will be taking part in the London Marathon to raise funds for the facility.
For the full story, see the 21 February edition of the News & Mail