Government cash brings Swaffham sports hall dream a step closer

Celebration time for these year 9 & 11 students at The Nicholas Hamond Academy, where the new sports facility will be built.'They are with PE teachers Gemma Teanby and Ian Hogarth ANL-151202-134857009
Celebration time for these year 9 & 11 students at The Nicholas Hamond Academy, where the new sports facility will be built.'They are with PE teachers Gemma Teanby and Ian Hogarth ANL-151202-134857009
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Students and staff at the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham are looking forward to a new sports hall after their bid for the £1.2 million project was backed by education chiefs.

Principal Cheryl Hill said: “We are delighted to have been granted funds from the Department for Education to redevelop our sports centre.

“Our current one has served the students and people of Swaffham well, but a new modern centre will ensure access to high quality sports provision for many years to come.

“The students are especially excited at the sporting opportunities that this new venture will afford them.

“The academy and its sponsor Academy Transformation Trust have worked in partnership with Norfolk County Council and Breckland Council to secure this bid.

“The design, using the guidance given by Sport England, has not yet been agreed, but scoping surveys will be conducted later this year.”

The academy is one of three schools in East Anglia sponsored by the Academies Transformation Trust to have been allocated money in the Priority Schools Building Programme.

Resources director Claire Pritchard said: “We hope that these enhancements will assist our three academies in going from strength to strength. As well as supporting our commitment to providing environments that inspire learning, we know the local community will also benefit from these improvements.”