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College Set To Spend Millions On New Sport Facilities

Thursday November 14 2013

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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.

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Reply Posted by Mum of three on Thursday November 14 2013 at 13:33
Brilliant news.
All good investment for our town and our young

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Thursday November 14 2013 at 14:18
Fantastic news for the college - but where does all this money come from? The 3 projects for the college mean that they will be spending £31.8 million on upgrades over the next 2 years..... I say that again £31.8 million on UPGRADES.
The facilities are already there and whilst they need money spending on them is it really necessary to spend £31.8 million in doing so. At a time where everyone including the government and local authorities are screaming poverty I'm sure that they could upgrade for far less than this total and that the remaining money could be spent helping far needier causes.
This is yet another sign of central funding gone mad where the majority cry poverty but the minority have the money to splash around.

Reply Posted by John on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 11:56
Not local authority money though is it, it comes from the education budget. nothing to do with BMBC and also the money is being spent by the college and part-funded from SFA CCIF as it says in the article both central govenrment bodies. So the college taking this money is good for barnsley.

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Friday November 15 2013 at 10:46
This can only be good for the college and the students passing through its doors. I worry that as with the school building policy that this is more PFI, to e paid back at a later date and with a greater cost to the local tax payer

Reply Posted by Barnsley truth on Monday November 18 2013 at 21:57
Great news for the college and a purely economic decision, based on the fact that they can entice more kids on a useless Sports science course as opposed to let's say an engineering course which would entail a lot of hard work and serious studying, We are turning into a nation of Media and Sports degree'd monkeys

Reply Posted by John on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 11:53
@ BarnsleyTruth I work at Barnsley College, we do Engineering courses too, in fact we are in the process of upgrading those facilities too to the tune of a couple of million. You do realise that college courses work on supply and demand, if there is demand college supplies the courses. I think you're being a bit harsh on sports subjects, Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Coaching, Nutrition, Anatomy, are these things all useless then? Your gripe about engineering not being popular is also out of whack, there are very few jobs in engineering these days due to the fact the UK no longer produces anything. I think that the political and economical factors are more of a cause than kids not taking it up because it's a bit harder.