The King’s outdoor sports redevelopment

The King’s CE (A) School are delighted to have secured the funding to redevelop outdoor sports facilities on the campus in Kidsgrove worth in excess of £400,000. 

The project which is scheduled to begin on site in December will see the refurbishment of the current synthetic turf pitch and adjacent tarmac courts to create brand new 3G pitches and refurbished tennis courts and netball courts.

The current facilities are well past their life expectancy and the new facilities will not only transform the physical education curriculum for students at the school, but provide the community with much needed all weather facilities in the evenings and at weekends, with a number of local clubs already seeking to make use of the pitches when they are scheduled to open around Easter 2021.

The school is investing over £76,000 in the project that has been at least two years in the making, and has secured £225,000 funding from central government as part of the Kidsgrove Town Deal programme; and has the backing of local leaders Simon Tagg (Leader, NULBC) and Jonathan Gullis (MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove and Talke).

The Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Simon Tagg, said: “This is a great project and one which the Borough Council is pleased to support. The use of the new facility by the wider community in Kidsgrove will be a massive plus.”

Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council is also providing a grant of £150,000 as part of its playing pitch strategy since the site was first earmarked for development in 2015.

Emily Verow, Executive Headteacher at The King’s said “I am extremely delighted that this project is now able to proceed. The young people of Kidsgrove deserve first class facilities and this development will not only enhance the physical education provision at the school but offer the wider community brand new sport and leisure facilities to use all year round.”

Jonathan Gullis, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove and Talke, added “I am delighted to see this important funding being given to The King’s. It was a pleasure to work with Mrs Verow on securing this important funding. We have seen in recent times that child obesity is a major issue across Stoke-on-Trent and Kidsgrove, so the more facilities we can have to encourage young people to have an active and healthy lifestyle is critical. 

It also means, alongside the refurbishment of the Sports Centre, Kidsgrove will have a unique offering of a Sports Village, which will be a huge benefit for North Staffordshire residents. No more will Kidsgrove been the forgotten town!”

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