New College awarded funds to transform sports hall

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New College Stamford has been awarded more than £1.2m to invest in new facilities for vocational subjects.

The college in Drift Road has been awarded £1,225,280 in government funding to convert its current on-site sports hall.

The new facilities will provide an area for the teaching of construction, motor vehicle maintenance, brickwork, carpentry, joinery, plumbing, electrical installation and green technologies.

New College Stamford Principal Andrew Patience said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this College Capital Investment Fund funding.

“The conversion of the sports hall to house these three subject areas will allow us to offer our students even better facilities than ever before.

“It also comes at a perfect time for us, as our students will benefit from the new purpose-built sport and education facilities on Rhyall Road when we start converting the existing sports hall.”

Work is due to begin on a £5m football ground and sports centre on land off Ryhall Road in Stamford.

The facility, which is a joint venture between the Burghley House Preservation Trust, New College Stamford and Stamford AFC, will be used by the college during the week and The Daniels at weekends and for matches.

Mr Patience said: “The development and modernisation of our construction department gives us a fantastic opportunity to target those areas in which the Local Enterprise Partnerships anticipate growth and where employers are reporting skills shortages – plumbing, electrical installation, electronics and heritage trades.

“We will also be able to extend our existing motor vehicle programmes to cover new technologies from these industries such as work on hybrid and electric cars.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “I’m delighted to announce £1,225,280 in Government funding for New College Stamford, combined with £2,450,560 of college money, to help transform their campus and improve teaching and learning locally.”

The college will now progress to commissioning the design for the proposed facilities before making a planning application.