A newly renovated £1 million gym at Cheadle Hulme High School has been officially opened by former Manchester City footballer Paul Dickov who has also agreed to be a ports Ambasador at the school.
The former local authority-run sports centre was acquired by The Laurus Trust and now offers fully modernised sports facilities to its pupils and the local community at Cheadle Hulme High School.
The renovation includes a multi-gym, the upgrading of the main sports hall with a sprung floor, new lighting, and a climbing wall and is part of a £5m project that includes new pitches at the school.
The changing rooms have also been refurbished.
The transformation was made possible with the support of the Law Family Educational Trust (LFET) and the Law Family Charitable Foundation (LFCF).
Speaking at the opening, Dickov said: “He said: “It’s wonderful to see children at a state school being given such excellent opportunities normally afforded by private education.
“For me it’s about creating awareness and a love of sport for all, encouraging those who may feel intimidated or embarrassed about participating – and not just football, but a whole host of other sporting opportunities on offer here at the school.
Linda Magrath, CEO and Head of Cheadle Hulme High School, added: “Everybody here is excited to be opening Club Cheadle Hulme. It’s fantastic to have these wonderful facilities which will benefit the whole community as well as our students and staff.”
The next phase of the renovation project is planned to start in February 2017 and will see an artificial football and rugby pitch added to the school, subject to planning. A new hockey pitch will also be included in the redesign of the outdoor space to further complement the school’s sports offering.