Exeter Chiefs star opens new sports building at Honiton Community College
PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:14 21 February 2018
An Exeter Chiefs star cut the ribbon to officially open Honiton Community College’s new sports building.
The Clements Building, named after one of its governors, Mick Clements, boasts a dance workshop, fitness training suite, gymnasium and state of the art classrooms.
Chiefs flanker Don Armand joined principal Glenn Smith, The Clements Family (Mrs Michelle Clements and her sons: Josh and Jordan) and a crowd of onlookers to open the building earlier this month.
Mr Smith said: “I wish to make sure all present realise the significance of the naming of this building - Mick Clements was a governor here for 13 years and only stood down when he felt he could no longer continue due to a lengthy battle with cancer.”
“Mick wasn’t a governor for nepotistic reasons (both his sons attended the college), rather he just wanted to make his local comprehensive school even better - and he did just that.
“His contribution, especially to the premises committee was outstanding.
“He always gave his time freely, and nothing was ever too much trouble. Mick was a brilliant governor - a critical friend in the best sense.” Mick Clements passed away on Sunday 28th January 2018. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”
Mr Smith also detailed the ‘arduous journey’ its staff had to undertake to secure the cash to start work on the new building.
He said: “We had to fight tooth and nail to secure funding.
“We were turned down twice and went through two appeals before the Department for Education eventually acquiesced.
“Honiton students have a right to be educated in a school environment that has first-class facilities such as these.
“The £1.8million enabled us to create a fantastic building that also is a community resource for all, as the general public have access to the facilities in the evenings and at the weekend, through our Leisure East Devon partnership.”
Mr Armand, who cut the ribbon, said he hoped students would be able to ‘put their best foot forward’.
He added: “Hopefully the students that go in are able to benefit from the facilities they are now getting.”
Mr Armand was presented with a college sports academy training top in appreciation for his support.
The college has since submitted further bids to secure major refurbishments, including £900,000 worth of work to its science department.
Mr Smith expressed a wish to thank all of its partners and supporters who all contributed to the creation of The Clements Building.