Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
School sports hall could open to community
Published 19/05/14



A SPORTS hall for use by schools and the public could be created in Watlington.

The existing hall at Icknield Community College could be improved as part of an effort to capitalise on the sporting “legacy” of the Olympic Games in London.

Other possible projects include a flood-lit artificial pitch and extending the current hall to accommodate a gym and a spinning or dance studio.

A swimming pool will also be considered but not as a priority.

The college and Watlington Primary School hosted a meeting to float the idea and investigate possible sources of funding.


Representatives from organisations including local sports clubs, the parish council and Watlington Business Association attended.

Icknield headteacher Mat Hunter said: “It’s a co-ordinated strategy between the community and school to improve provision across the locality. We have got a site here which perhaps could be used in the evening and at weekends. We would be looking to refurbish and extend the existing facilities.”

He said the project would be phased but it was too early to give an estimate on the cost or when work might begin.

“Obviously we have to look carefully at existing sports provision across the area,” added Mr Hunter.

Andrew Markham, headteacher of the primary school, said: “From September there’s a new curriculum for physical education with more competitive elements in it. That goes through all the key stages in primary and also into secondary.

“It’s about health at the core but also sustaining something that will be useful for the children as they grow up.

He said the plans were at the “embryonic” stage, adding: “The funding stream is what we need to look at next.” Mr Markham said the schools wanted to involve the community, which is why the meeting was called.

He said: “We were coming from the point of view of not knowing the community that well in terms of sport so we wanted to get everyone in one room and say, ‘what is it you’d like to see?’”

Ian Hill, chairman of Watlington Parish Council, called the meeting “very interesting”.

He said: “The schools would like to create a sports centre of some sort, possibly using some of the existing buildings, which is suitable for different uses and put to use by a variety of different organisations.

“They feel that in order to do this they need community involvement and additional funds from other sources.”

The schools had “very realistic” ideas of what was achievable, he said.

The pool was a long-term aim and the all-weather pitch a mid-term project.

Published 19/05/14

MOST POPULAR
Browns to close after a quarter century trading
Halloween and Bonfire Night: Where to go
College plan to build campus on playing fields
Woman launches campaign for equality in sport
High winds cause road closures
Driver injured in road accident
Farewell to those magnificent flowers
Browns to close after 25 years
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Lest We Forget: launch of Poppy Appeal
Henley skate park half pipe sold
High winds cause road closures
Oratory withdraw public access to gym
Angie Paterson becomes deputy leader of SODC
John Howell MP elected to 1922 committee
Local shop supports 'Wear it Pink' campaign
Secretary of the Kenton Theatre dies
Pensioner missing from Henley found
Stoke Row driver airlifted to hospital
College plan to build campus on playing fields
Fire at Didcot B power station
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Rugby academy unaffected by Wasps' move
Record number tackle Frieth Hilly
Robinson shines as Hawks march on
Red Kites put on five-star display
Hosts hit back in style to claim win
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 419429
www.higgsprinting.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2013  |  Registered in England number 1418717