Sport players have new facilities to hone their skills in.
Collyer’s college in Horsham has opened its new sports centre, with Principal Sally Bromley cutting the ribbon.
The sports centre now includes a viewing area to the sports hall, significantly increased storage space for specialist equipment, as well as improved disability access and a high specification changing area. The project has been funded by the college , Horsham District Council, Sport England and West Sussex County Council.
VIP guests who have helped make the project a success attended the ceremony. These included Lindsey Butterfield from West Sussex County Council, Collyer’s premises manager Martin Emery and Horsham District Council’s Ian Ford, Nigel Jupp and Paul Taylor. Head of Collyer’s Sport Academy John Burroughs acted as master of ceremonies.
Sally Bromley said: “We are extremely grateful to the organisations that have helped fund this work and everyone here celebrating with us today. Without their vision and support for the project we would not have been able to build this excellent facility. It is particularly pleasing that this is a facility that is to be shared with the local community and is accessible to sport enthusiasts with a disability.”
Horsham District Council’s Ian Ford, responsible for sports development in the local area, is delighted at the further increase in participation that will arise from the new facilities. He said: “It will act as a mutual resource that supports not only those coming in to participate, but also the student leaders in the college, as they are able to interact and improve their own coaching abilities simultaneously”.
Pictured left to right are Nigel Jupp, Ian Ford, John Burroughs, Martin Emery, Paul Taylor, Principal Sally Bromley and Lindsey Butterfield (photo Chloe Powell)