17 SEP 2014

Minister for Sport and Maidstone & the Weald MP Helen Grant officially opens High Weald Academy's new Sports Hall

Helen Grant, UK Minister for Sport and MP for Maidstone and the Weald officially opened High Weald Academy's new £1.2m Sports Hall yesterday. As a specialist sports college the Academy recognises the power of sport to transform learning and raise self-esteem. The sports leadership programme allows all students to develop their self-confidence by working with partner primary schools.

Commenting on the official opening Helen said:

"It was a real honour to be asked to formally open High Weald Academy's new Sports Hall.

"I opened the Academy back in 2012 and it's fantastic to see the school - now a specialist sports college – going from strength to strength with such superb new facilities.

"I spoke about the power of sport and its ability transform lives and raise self-esteem. As UK Minister for Sport it's brilliant to see High Weald Academy championing physical activity and exercise in this way and great to see the all the students so engaged and able to make use these of top-notch facilities" 

Notes to editors

  • The sports hall was built over the past year and following a successful bid to the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF); a fund administered by Education Funding Agency (EFA) to improve the condition of school buildings and expand facilities
  • There are opportunities for members of the public to see High Weald's new sports hall, and visit the school, during their open events, which take place on: Thursday 2 October 5.30-8.30, Saturday 4 October from 10am, or during the school day on Tuesday 7 or Thursday 9 October from 9am.

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