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School unveils new sports hall plans
A SCHOOL hopes to give its pupils a huge boost after revealing £2.4million plans to build a new sports hall.
A dance studio, cricket nets, basketball and badminton courts and a multi gym are all included in the plans for the new facility at the Amersham School in Stanley Hill.
The plans also have the backing of the influential Amersham Action Group, with the centre due to be open to the public as well as to pupils.
The school's director of finance Jane Elkins told the Bucks Free Press: "We are desperately short of indoor sports facilities. We're the only school in the Amersham area without a dedicated sports hall.
"Our gym can only accommodate 30 pupils. It was built in the 60s for a school with 450 pupils - we now have approximately 900.
"Our children will be able to take part in activities regardless of the weather. At the moment they do cross country in the snow and play sport in the rain because we don't have the space.
"It's a huge boost for the student population and we will open it up to the wider community. It will increase the opportunities for participation."
The school has received £1million of funding from Buckinghamshire County Council and a further £1.4million from the Education Funding Agency for the project.
As part of the agreement that led to the school receiving the funding, the proposed 800 square metre hall would also be open to the public from 6-10pm on weekdays in term time and from 9am-10pm at weekends and during the school holidays.
Amersham Action Group chairman Brian Woods said: "This is an application we are in favour of. It's a facility that would be of benefit to the community."
Chiltern District Council are due to rule on whether or not to grant planning permission for the project in November.
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