A REDRUTH head teacher’s plans for a £500,000 state-of-the-art sports training facility have been unveiled.
Rob Adams, from Pennoweth School, said plans for a new multi-use training complex were moving forward rapidly.
The scheme includes a 3G all-weather pitch with floodlights, and a large classroom to be modelled after Arsenal Football Club’s ‘learning zone’ concept where the walls are covered with inspirational images of sportsmen and quotes.
The room is envisioned to host children who wish to develop their sports leadership or coaching skills. Indoor training facilities would also be available.
And it could be part of a sporting revival in Redruth, with a new running track planned to move to Redruth School from Carn Brea Leisure Centre and plans for a skatepark with BMX track currently under discussion.
Mr Adams, who plans to build the facility at Pennoweth School, said: “The project has been developed to increase involvement in organised sport in Redruth and provide state-of-the-art facilities for schools, local clubs and organisations.
“Quality facilities of this nature are simply not available in our immediate area and travel costs and costs for hiring facilities like this are often prohibitive.
“Redruth simply does not have the all-purpose, all-weather facilities that other towns and cities have. Redruth has in the past been one of the richest areas in the country.
“A community project like this will help regenerate positive attitudes, raise self-esteem and confidence, improve health and help develop skills and attitudes in our young people that will in turn help ensure that Redruth’s young people are helping to provide a strong local workforce that feeds into our burgeoning industrial estates surrounding Redruth.
“There is clearly scope with this project to get local schools together to run regular tournaments that are held on an all-weather surface and under floodlights.”
The facility has been backed by the Cornish Pirates Rugby Club, which aims to work with disadvantaged young people to help improve their confidence.
It is hoped a grant from Sport England will contribute towards the cost, as well as local businesses. Potential project supporters Anyone who wants to support the project should contact Mr Adams on 01209 215671.