Significant Investment To Boost Pupils' Sports At Harrogate's Ashville College

£3 Million Boost To Pupil’s Sports At Harrogate’s Ashville College

Bright World’s Partner School, Harrogate’s Ashville College, has unveiled ambitious plans to invest £3 million to boost sporting provisions for its pupils.

The independent school is aiming to significantly improve – and add to – the existing facilities at its Yew Tree Lane sports centre, parts of which date back more than 50 years.

Subject to planning permission being granted, work will begin on the sports centre in Easter 2017, with a view to it being completed in the September of the same year.

The redevelopment will not extend beyond the existing footprint, and the height of the centre section will be lower than that of the two sports halls.

Key elements of the investment are:

  • New reception, including seating area for parents and visitors

  • Two new studios

  • New gymnasium

  • New rooftop all-weather surface activity area
  • New staff offices

Over the last few years, the school has spent more than £750,000 on a state-of-the-art all-weather surface pitch, £100,000 making its swimming pool more energy efficient, £60,000 on improving drainage to its 1st XV rugby pitch and £20,000 on conditioning equipment within its weights room.

“This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to providing our pupils with superb facilities, and marks another exciting chapter in the continual development of the campus.

When completed, our sports centre will be a facility that we can be justifiably proud of. Sport is a big part of life at Ashville and, unlike many schools in the district and further afield, we are able to field A, B and C teams in rugby, netball and hockey. This means that pupils of all abilities are able to participate in competitive sports.

We are also developing closer links with regional sporting bodies and welcoming a continual string of world-class coaches to inspire our youngsters in their chosen sport.” -Ashville College Headmaster, Mark Lauder


The plans will be on public display in Ashville Sport Centre’s foyer from October 20th – 22nd, and, between 5pm and 6pm on the 20th, a member of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions.

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