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Building For The Future - Sport

Building for the Future (BFTF) - Sport

As part of our Building for the Future campus vision, Sport has been identified as the next area of priority and we are delighted to announce that work on Phase 1 of the transformation of our current Sports Centre is due to start in July. 

The current Sports Centre opened in 1967 and included the swimming pool and the squash courts with the main sports hall being added in 1977.  Nearly 60 years on and, whilst it has delivered well beyond expectations, the building is tired and in need of work to bring it up to modern day standards. 

‘Our aim is to create sports facilities of the very highest quality that provide for the modern
world of sport as an integral part of the curriculum.’
 Board of Governors.

Phase 1: The 1967 Buildings

This first phase of BFTF Sport focusses on the original 1967 buildings and will involve a transformation of the existing swimming pool area.

The pool was opened in 1967 and has served the College well. Despite constant maintenance over the years the pool was taken out of use in 2020 and detailed external assessment has now determined that it is beyond economic repair.  After careful consideration, we have concluded that the cost of building and running a new pool facility is prohibitive and beyond the means of the College for the foreseeable future. Swimming will remain an important part of our extra-curricular provision, with the College continuing to compete successfully as it has done this year. We have also secured the use of a modern, nearby swimming facility for our Junior School pupils.

This does, however, provide us with an opportunity and taking the place of the pool, will be a new, 400m2 state-of-the-art gym with team analysis room/classroom, changing room, interval training (HIIT) area, free-weight area, cardio area and calisthenics space - all of which will be accessible by the day and boarding Campbell community and by our visiting community sports organisations. This first phase of BFTF development represents an investment of nearly £2million and we believe this new gym facility will set us apart from any school on the island of Ireland.

Phases 2 and 3 of our BFTF Sport development will require a further investment of over £4 million as we strive to deliver a world class sports centre which delivers for multiple sports whilst fully integrating Sports Science teaching and learning into the heart of the centre. 

These phases will see the old boiler-house re-purposed as a new, modern gymnasium with climbing wall area, the main sports hall modernised, two new Sports Science classrooms built and new changing facilities.  This work will enhance opportunities for participation in sport by all students, improve the quality of provision for our elite athletes and teams, and ensure that the important place of Physical Education and Sport within the curriculum is matched by modern teaching facilities.  

Fundraising

Whilst Phase 1 is now fully funded, Phases 2 and 3 will require significant fundraising for their fulfilment. We will be reaching out in the Autumn with more details and the chance for everyone to play their part in supporting this exciting transformation.  If you would like further information about donating towards BFTF Sport, please reach out to Cathy Law, our Development Director.

“The new sports building will provide modern well-equipped physical sports facilities with support teaching spaces, changing facilities and wider campus accessibility. New additions such as a purpose-built climbing wall will help to develop student physical co-ordination, communication skills and strengthen self-confidence.”
Todd Architects

View the full plans for the new CCB Sports Building below and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to reach out to hmoffice@campbellcollege.co.uk.

 

 

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