Marple Hall School has begun construction on its new first-class sports facilities, for the benefit of students as well as the wider community who will have access in the evenings and at weekends.
The project funded by Stockport Council and the school Governing Body includes the installation of a new floodlit Multi-Use Games Area and the extensive renovation of the existing astroturf into a high quality 3G synthetic grass pitch.
The site will also get a lighting upgrade and a further 70 parking spaces and aims to be completed by late September.
Head Teacher, Joe Barker said:
We recognise that investment in new and existing sports infrastructure is vital to improving the health and wellbeing of our students and wider community. We are delighted to welcome back several local sports clubs to Marple Hall once the pitches have been constructed, offering enhanced sporting opportunities for all.”
Cllr Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Marple Hall School on such an exciting project. Providing local communities with quality sporting facilities is a really important part of Stockport’s Active Communities Strategy and will encourage more people to get active and stay active.”
Cllr Colin Foster, Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services & Education added:
“The new facilities will have a positive impact on the Physical Education offer for the students. There are many benefits from increased participation in physical activity, an important one being impact on cognitive skills such as concentration and attention. The facilities are going to be a great asset to the school for years to come.”
Photo: L-R: Mr Dave Angove, Head of PE; Marple Hall School students, Amelie Coeuille and Thom Hagan; and Headteacher Joe Barker.