Fakenham Academy submits all-weather games area plans
Fakenham Academy has plans for new facilities that will keep its sports activities running no matter what the weather.
At present it has to restrict use of its existing playing fields in winter to prevent them being damaged.
But new proposals, just submitted to North Norfolk Council, for a multi-use games area (MUGA) would keep the sports curriculum going all year round.
The MUGA would also be available for hire for out of school and holiday clubs and the wider community.
A statement from the Academy in the application to the planners said: “We pride ourselves on the physical and emotional wellbeing of our students and staff.
"We are very proud of our school grounds and we try, where possible, to enhance outdoor sport and play provision for our students. We recognise the many positive benefits that enhanced sports facilities offer to staff and students.
“Our school is very fortunate to have extensive playing fields. However, use of the fields is restricted during the winter months due to poor conditions following inclement weather after regular use.
"It is greatly disappointing for our students and staff that from October to March we are limited in using much of the field for any sports or general recreation. This also means that we reduce our ability to participate in any inter-school sporting competitions which would involve us using the field.
“ To have a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) would significantly enhance sport and structured play in our School.
"The students and staff would benefit immensely from a fitness, social and sporting perspective. We intend to allow hire of the MUGA out of school/holiday clubs to the benefit of the wider community to provide increased sporting facilities available to the wider Fakenham population.”
It is also being made clear that this application is related solely to the Academy and not linked to an application which has been made town for funding from the government's Levelling Up Fund for a 2G pitch on town council owned land.
The Academy proposals also include a three-metre high perimeter fence and a hardstanding access path.