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College confirms sports centre plan

by Jim Dunton Wed 31 July 2013, 1:18 pm

Bromley College has secured £4.5 million in funding to develop a new sports centre at its main campus.

The college said the new centre would include state-of-the-art facilities for students, staff, and the local community and would reflect its status as south east London’s leading education provider.

The centre, which will replace the college’s current sports hall, which dates back to 1959, will allow the college to expand the range and quality of its courses to include sports therapy, sports massage, sport science, apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships in sport, and a new range of higher-education courses.

The new facility will include a brand new sports hall with four badminton courts, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a new lecture theatre, sport science labs and specialist demonstration facilities.

Principal Sam Parrett said the work was being funded mainly by the college itself, but also by a government grant.

“Our new sports centre will be a hugely valuable resource for our current and future students, and also for the local community who will be able to access the facilities in the evenings and weekends,” he said.

“Its development forms part of the college’s strategic plan in which we set out our commitment to improve our students’ environment and experience by providing and continuing to invest in first class education, training, technology and social resources.

“Through offering a range of sports, activities, classes and fitness testing, this fabulous new resource will further improve the student experience at the college and form a dynamic part of the local community and our Bromley campus.”

Building work on the centre is expected to begin in the autumn with the facility due to open at the end of 2014.

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