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Multi-million pound indoor sports facilities upgrade

Exciting plans are afoot at St John’s to develop superb new multi-million pound indoor sports facilities which will include a swimming pool and a dance studio. As well as providing the very best facilities for St John’s pupils, the pool will be available for use by local swimming clubs and neighbouring schools.

St John’s is renowned for its excellence in sport and our swimmers have enjoyed stellar results in national and county swimming competitions. Recently, St John’s pupils won three out of eight titles at the Bath Cup national gala as well as individual and team titles at the Surrey Swimming Championships.

Phase one of the project will be completed by October 2018. It includes the replacing of the existing pool with a new gala standard, 25-metre, six-lane, indoor, heated swimming pool, wet and dry changing facilities and a spectator area. In addition, the new building will contain a purpose-built state-of-the-art dance studio, a teaching classroom and office space.

As well as providing for our pupils, St John’s is committed to sharing the new facilities with the wider community. Local schools urgently need access to a swimming pool; around 40 per cent of children leave primary school aged 11 unable to swim confidently. The new facilities will enable St John’s to expand our outreach programme further and work in partnership with more local primary schools and groups.

“This project is the most significant development for sport at our school for over a generation,” said headmaster Martin Collier. “Participation in sport is a cornerstone of a St John’s education and helps our pupils learn team work, camaraderie, self-discipline and leadership while promoting their self-esteem, mental and physical wellbeing.”

“As the School has grown in size, we have expanded the number of sports we offer and we have invested in expert coaches. So the time is right to move forward with new, future-proof, modern facilities which will inspire and develop the talents of our pupils and other local children.”

The new pool has been designed by FaulknerBrowns; an architectural practice which specialises in sports buildings and, specifically, swimming pools. The pool which they have designed will provide a high quality training and teaching facility which will enable the School to run time trials and host competitions.

“Our swimmers and their coaches have recently achieved exceptional results” noted Mr Collier. “”Just imagine what they might be able to achieve after training in this wonderful new pool!”

Published on 14/04/2017

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