BARNSLEY College is set to spend £4million upgrading its sport facilities.

The college has been successful in securing funding from the Skills Funding Agency’s (SFA) College Capital Investment Fund (CCIF) to enable the upgrades.

The £1.3million from the CCIF will combine with the £2.7million raised by the college.

An extension will be built to the existing Sports Academy and convert the former theatre building at the Honeywell campus into a multi-function sports hall, dance studio, gym and bistro.

The changes will create eight new classrooms for students and a new social space as well as the sports hall which will be open to the public.

Work is planned to start early next year and be completed in the summer.

Principal Colin Booth said: "This is great news for our students and the local community who will be able to make use of the excellent new sports hall."

The new sports facilities are one of many new building projects the college is currently working on to enhance learning facilities for students and the town as a whole.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) centre on Old Mill Lane is currently being developed, a new £17million sixth form is planned to open in 2015 and a new £10.8million construction centre is planned to be built on the Honeywell campus, also opening in 2015.