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Olympic cyclist officially opens new Burntwood sports hall

Pupils Amelia Ridgway and Victoria Gibbons with Olympic cyclist Paul Manning

Pupils Amelia Ridgway and Victoria Gibbons with Olympic cyclist Paul Manning

A new £1.26million sports hall has been officially opened in Burntwood.

The ceremony, at Chase Terrace Technology College, saw a visit from Olympic cyclist Paul Manning MBE – a former student of the school – joined students and representatives.

Students from the school and Year 6 pupils from Holly Grove, Chase Terrace, Highfields and Boney Hay Primary Schools who use the new facilities were also present.

The purpose-built extension to the college’s PE facilities incorporates a four badminton court size hall, a fitness room, changing rooms and toilets, stores and office space. The building is accessible for physically impaired users.

The design of the new sports hall has been designed to complement the college’s buildings which were replaced in 2004 following an arson attack at the site.

County Councillor Veronica Downes, Cabinet Member for Schools said:

“This is a superb facility which will enhance the existing leisure facilities in the Burntwood area and will provide students and the local community access to a wide range of sports and leisure facilities in a welcoming, modern environment.”

Dr Stuart Jones, Head teacher at Chase Terrace Technology College added:

“This project is an excellent example of partnership working and we would like to thank everyone who has been involved. The new sports hall is a very welcome addition to our school and we are delighted with the new sports and leisure facilities.”

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