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StateoftheArt Sports Pitches Latest Piece in the Rejuvenation of Charnwood College

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  • 6th Jan 2022 10:32


State-of-the-Art Sports Pitches Latest Piece in the Rejuvenation of Charnwood College

State-of-the-Art Sports Pitches Latest Piece in the Rejuvenation of Charnwood College 

£1.7M Invested to date in first class facilities 

Local MP praises school for commitment to local community 


Charnwood College is delighted to be unveiling the latest investment in its facilities with a brand-new multi-use games area (MUGA), now open to both the school and community.

Local MP Jane Hunt visited Charnwood to see for herself the improved facilities, including classrooms, specialised areas and sports facilities. 

The state-of-the-art floodlit sports pitches have been funded by the David Ross Education Trust to the tune of £230,000, and bring the total amount of investment in facilities in the Loughborough school, renowned for its sporting prowess, to nearly £1.68m. 

Since 2015, the David Ross Education Trust has invested heavily every year to overhaul the facilities at Charnwood College, including:

  • 2020: renovation of the Sports centre to replace wooden floors and introduce new netball and basketball facilities
  • 2019: classroom and sixth form block refurbishments
  • 2018: reception area, IT Suite and classroom refurbishments
  • 2017: improvements to flat roofs and perimeter fencing, together with introduction of automated gates to increase site security 
  • 2016: creation of a new dance studio, refurbishment of science labs, music room and student WCs
  • 2015: upgrade of the Sports Centre with a brand-new rowing room, cardio suite and weights room, canteen improvements 

Jane Hunt MP for Loughborough said:

“It was wonderful to see the new multi-use games area on my recent visit to Charnwood College which is a facility that can be used both by students as well as local residents. As we come out of lockdown, the importance of taking part in physical activity is crucial, so this facility is very welcome. This is the latest example of the significant levels of investment in the College over the past few years by the David Ross Educational Trust. I was also delighted to see the excellent teaching undertaken at the College.”

Alastair O’Connor, Principal of Charnwood College said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be unveiling this magnificent MUGA – we are very proud of our sporting prowess at Charnwood and with this latest investment, we have the facilities to match. Use of the pitches is already in full swing, and I can see that both we and the community are going to get brilliant use from them.”

Stuart Burns, Chief Executive of David Ross Education Trust said:

“Charnwood is a very special place for all of us at the David Ross Education Trust and Alastair and his team are leading the school from strength to strength. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to continue to invest in facilities at the school – over the last six years this has amounted to nearly £1.7m. The work to rejuvenate Charnwood College is not yet complete however, and we have exciting plans to further develop the school over the coming years. Watch this space!”