Cricket: College gets ECB backing
The England & Wales Cricket Board are backing the building of a state-of-the-art sports hall at Crown Hills Community College.
The ECB, supported by Sport England, have awarded a grant of £800,000 to the scheme, part of a £21million building project at Crown Hills.
Doug Keast, director of sport and assistant principal at the college, said: "We are extremely grateful to the ECB and Sport England, because we have been able to enhance the school's role as a specialist sports college by providing top-class facilities designed to promote students' achievements in sport and physical education generally.
"In this economic climate, it has been an advantage to work with the ECB and, as a result, the multi sports hall will be twice the size of a facility normally provided through the Building Schools for the Future programme."
Among the facilities will be a six-bay net area, which can be used by county age-group sides and local clubs.
The ECB describe the project as one of "strategic importance."
National funding and facilities manager Bruce Cruse said: "Crown Hills Community College is the only specialist sports college in Leicestershire with cricket as it focus sport.
"The ECB is pleased to invest in this project and give a boost to the coaching and development of the game at this college, in local clubs and also in the wider community.
"Leicestershire & Rutland Cricket will also be able to coach the county age-group squads and support the growth of women's and girls' cricket.
"I am confident that as this investment matures, cricket locally will go from strength to strength."
The entire programme is already ahead of schedule, with a target of completion in October next year.
"It is a huge privilege to have this high-quality development for the benefit of students and teachers," said College principal Bernadette Green. "The new build is being developed in three learning zones with science, maths and technology; physical education, expressive art and English; and humanities and information technology.
"With the support of the ECB, we will also have a sports hall which will be second-to-none."