Delight after funding is secured for ‘ambitious’ sports project in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:04 11 October 2016

Plans showing what HCC's new sports and fitness centre will look like once built.

Plans showing what HCC's new sports and fitness centre will look like once built.

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Honiton Community College’s principal has expressed his delight after the school secured £1.8million in funding for a new sports and fitness centre.

Glenn Smith said although the school’s bid to the Educational Funding Agency (EFA) was ‘ambitious’, he was adamant approval would ‘greatly enhance’ its facilities.

Mr Smith said: “It is the responsibility of my staff and myself to ensure we do our absolute utmost to provide the finest possible education for the students of Honiton and the surrounding villages in the best possible learning environment.

“The college is very fortunate to have an outstanding sport and physical education department that is committed to delivering an excellent curriculum to
 every child, no matter their ability.

“It is essential that every student not only understands the importance of personal fitness, but, more importantly, leaves school with the intent of maintaining a healthy level of exercise in adult life.

“Having modern, purpose-built accommodation will support our goal.”

Construction on the centre is due to commence at the start of January 2017, with completion due to be by the end of August 2017 – just in time for the start of the 2017/18 academic year. Mr Smith added: “I would like to thank Mr Matt Burrell as well as our architects, TFQ, for their hard work and professionalism throughout the application process. The new build will have a significant impact on many students’ lives in the future.

“To say everyone is extremely excited by our good news is a real understatement.”


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