Diss High School has bid for £3.7 million of government cash for a brand new sports complex, available to the whole community.
As reported in the Diss Express in December, Diss High School’s ageing indoor gyms were built in 1959 and the school also identified a lack of quality sports space in this area, particularly indoors.
The school has now filed what it believes is a compelling case for funding to the Government’s Academies Capital Maintenance Fund - available to the school because it has academy status.
The school will find out if it is successful on April 25.
The school’s business manager, Jacqui Lincoln, who prepared the bid, said: “We’ve had about 100 letters of support from clubs, organisations, parents and local schools.
“I’m even more confident (about the bid) now than before. The evidence speaks for itself.”
The bid includes a main facility will be a new indoor sports hall, offering space for four badminton courts, side by side, with the option for basketball, cricket nets and netball. The building will have its own reception area, separate gym/dance studio, and other rooms for learning and classes.
This will be complemented by a full size multi-sport floodlit AstroTurf-style pitch outside, long jump and high jump facilities.
One of the school’s ageing gyms would be demolished to make way for much-needed new classroom space.
Mrs Lincoln told the Diss Express this week that a second pot of money could be available from Sport England, which the school believes may be willing to fund an additional improvement to the main sports hall, making it a top class facility for gymnasts.
Support and find out more about the bid by visiting the schoolwebpage: http://www.disshigh.norfolk.sch.uk/?p=sports.bid