17/09/19: £1.5m of funding secured for Swaffham Leisure Centre

Academy Transformation Trust has secured £1.5m from central government's Education Skills and Funding Agency to refurbish the Leisure Centre at Nicholas Hammond Academy Swaffham.

Edward Thomas, Director of Estates & Procurement from Academy Transformation, who operate the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham, commented: "We are delighted to have secured the necessary funding from the ESFA to enable a full refurbishment of the leisure centre at Nicholas Hamond Academy. The works will provide a refitted sports hall and changing facility along with a new reception, gym and brand new activity room. This is an extremely positive development which we are delighted to be able to take forward as a partnership and provide a leisure facility that both the pupils of the academy and the wider community truly deserve."

The leisure centre is also used by members of the public and news of the improvement works was welcomed by Breckland Council. Mark Robinson, Executive Member for Community, Leisure and Culture at Breckland Council commented: "We're delighted to hear that the school has secured this major national funding, which will significantly improve the facilities for use by the school's pupils, while also bringing benefits to members of the public using the leisure centre."

To enable this work to take place, the leisure centre will be temporarily closed for 20 weeks, starting from 18 September. The Academy Transformation Trust apologies for the short notice.

To mitigate the service disruption as much as possible to members of the public, Breckland Council's leisure service provider, Parkwood Leisure, has confirmed that Swaffham gym members will be able to use the gyms at its other sites in Breckland (Dereham, Thetford, and Attleborough) as well as the swimming pools at Dereham and Thetford while this work is undertaken. Additionally, Swaffham leisure centre members will not be charged for their memberships during this period.


Last updated: 19/06/2020 09:16:16