WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
is being sought for a series of proposals to boost sports facilities
in a Nuneaton community.
Plans were submitted
to Nuneaton and Bedworth borough council last week showing proposals
to improve facilities at the town's Tomkinson Road recreation area,
including the addition of a cricket pavilion and an increase in the
number of sports pitches to four.
Plans were also
submitted to build an all weather pitch on land at Vernons Lane used
by Manor Park School. And further plans were submitted to sell an
unused part of the Vernons Lane land for housing.
Education chiefs hope
that the money from the sale of the land at Vernons Lane will provide
most of the funding for the all weather pitch and the improvements to
These plans, although
separately funded, are part of an overall scheme to transform sports
facilities at Manor Park School, in an exciting £1 million
development which is still awaiting government approval and funding.
development at the school will include:
- refurbishment of the existing sports
hall, adding new changing facilities and a café / social area,
also a reception, office and store room area
full-size all-weather pitch with floodlights suitable for hockey
the old redgra pitch and tennis courts with five floodlit
multi-use games areas with an all-weather surface, suitable for
tennis, football, short hockey and kwik cricket
the tarmac area next to the sports hall into a netball and
the existing gym and converting it into a dance and aerobics
of the existing changing rooms
In addition to the
money raised from the sale of the land at Vernons Lane, the proposals
will also be part-funded by an exciting partnership with a private
company - Short Sided Soccer.
Short Sided Soccer
have agreed to invest £250,000 in the project, and in return they
will manage the facilities out of school hours.
bid has been made to the government's New Deal For Schools Fund for
the rest of the funding.
According to Manor
Park headteacher John Brodie, the proposals, together with the plans
submitted to the borough council last week, which are not dependent on
government funding, will allow a complete transformation of the sports
facilities used by the school and a major improvement in the
facilities available to the community - without the loss of any
playing area currently in use.
brilliant news for our school. It will mean that we will be able to
upgrade the whole of our sports and leisure facilities, which will be
a huge asset to both the school and the local community.
"We are a
community school and obviously the facilities will benefit everyone.
It will also build on the success that we are having already,
particularly in sports like basketball."
The school's Year 9
basketball team recently reached the last eight of a national
competition, and other school team reached the semi-finals of a
three-a-side basketball competition in Cardiff.
The school also has
strong links with the Standard Hockey Club and Griff and Coton Cricket