Fleetwood school to open multi-million-pound sports facility

Rossall School, the independent day and boarding school in Fleetwood, has invested in a new multi-million-pound sports facility set to open in September.

The building will contain the North West’s first indoor hockey facility, a four-lane 50m sprint track, a long jump track, gym and a viewing gallery.

The facility will also be open for the wider community groups to use, including League One football team Fleetwood Town.

In addition to providing first-class sporting facilities for existing pupils, it is hoped that the new centre will raise the profile of Rossall School at a national and international level.

School leaders are anticipating that the school’s current growth in pupil numbers will continue over forthcoming years.

The project was in part financed by a seven-figure funding package by HSBC. Work began in August 2018, and the centre is due to be finalised this month.

Jeremy Quartermain, headmaster of Rossall School, said: “It is one of the school’s most significant developments to date and our ambitious commitment to improving every aspect of the Rossall’s facilities is already enhancing our profile both locally and overseas.

Our ambitious commitment to improving every aspect of the Rossall’s facilities is already enhancing our profile both locally and overseas.

"The funding we received from HSBC UK has enabled us to realise our plans and keep this superb project on schedule."

Jane Vila, HSBC UK relationship director for Lancashire & Cumbria, said: “It has been hugely insightful to see Rossall flourish as a both a centre of academic and sporting excellence, and a business. The school is focused resolutely on the future with its clear strategic development plan and commitment to ensuring it has strong foundations upon which it can continue to develop”.

Established in 1844, Rossall has a long history of sporting excellence. Sports alumni include England Rugby Union captain Peter Winterbottom, Premier Hockey Club player Jacob Draper, Lancashire cricket player Toby Lester, and England and Lancashire cricketer Nigel David Howard.

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