College to build new £220,000 all-weather sports facility

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Students at East Riding College will benefit from a new £220,000 multi-use games area from September.

The facility will have a playing surface covering 1,789 square metres and will be built during the summer to be open in time for the new academic year.

It will accommodate three tennis courts, two five-a-side football pitches and three basketball courts, and will also be marked out for netball, volleyball, handball, hockey and cricket practice.

The facility will be used by students on sports courses as part of their practical and coaching sessions and by others in their extra-curricular activities, as well as by the community and sports clubs.

Head of sport Paul Smith said: “The development of the MUGA will give East Riding College one of the best all-weather facilities at a school or college in the region.

“It will have enormous benefits for all students but especially for our sports students, who will have access to this excellent facility for their practical, coaching and theory sessions.

“It will be of particular benefit to students on our Level Three Extended Diploma in Sport Coaching, Development and Fitness and our foundation degree and top-up degree courses.”

Among those to take advantage will be year one students on the first year of the two-year Level Three Extended Diploma in Sport Coaching, Development and Fitness and those progressing from the Level Two Diploma in Sport including Beth Rounding, 16, who said: “I can’t wait to see the pitch in September because it means we’ll be able to play sports at the Ccllege more often and in all kinds of conditions.”

Student Calvin Roche, 17, added: “The new pitch is going to open up all kinds of opportunities for us to play more sports and hopefully to work with community clubs on our coaching skills.”

The MUGA will also be available for use by community groups and local adults’ and children’s sports clubs.