£1m sports facility formally handed over

A new £1 million sports facility at Millthorpe School has been formally handed over.

Representatives from the school, South Bank Multi-Academy Trust, City of York Council, who provided the funding, Scarcroft Primary School, Steve Wells Associates, who acted as consultants for the project and construction company CLS, attended a socially distanced ceremony to mark its completion.

The floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch is available all year round to pupils at Millthorpe and nearby Scarcroft Primary School, together with other York schools and community groups.

It has been developed through the City of York Council scheme to create additional school places at Scarcroft Primary School and helps to increase the amount of outdoor space available to the school.

Community groups can book to use the pitch outside of the school day and during the school holidays. Hamilton Panthers, York City Kick About and Bishopthorpe White Rose have already started to take advantage of the new facility.

Councillor Keith Orrell, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: “I am delighted to see that this development is already being used not only by pupils at the school but by the wider community.

“In these difficult times, all-year-round outdoor exercise is more important than ever to our children and young people’s physical and mental health.”

The pitch is suitable for junior 11-a-side football and features include energy-efficient floodlighting, along with portable goals and pitch markings to meet the requirements of a variety of different game formats and age ranges. The high-tech playing surface meets rigorous performance standards, and is expected to be registered with the Football Association as a hallmark of quality.

At the handover ceremony, pictured from left, Tim Moat, Millthorpe’s vice chair of governors; Alex Collins, Millthorpe’s business manager; David Randall, Millthorpe’s head of PE; Adam Cooper, interim chief executive, South Bank Multi Academy Trust; Paul Edwards, headteacher, Scarcroft Primary School; Nick Jones, contract manager; Stephen Miller, contract director; Jon Wells, contract administrator; Steve Wells, project designer; Gemma Greenhalgh, Millthorpe’s head of school; and Cllr Keith Orrell, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education at City of York Council.

Pictured above: The car park at the AGP

Main photo: Phoebe from Year 11 at Millthorpe and Stan, Year 10, at their new £1m sports facility’s artificial grass pitch.