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New sports pitches at school given go ahead

Rossall School pupils playing hockey

Rossall School pupils playing hockey

Work on three new £350,000 state-of-the-art sports pitches in Fleetwood is set to get under way after being given the green light by planners.

The floodlit all-weather pitches are the latest development at Rossall School, where £4m has already been invested to upgrade its facilities in recent years.

Now the independent school, on Broadway, has announced work will get under way this month with a view to opening the pitches in September.

They will be for use by students as well as the community and will be available to hire outside school hours. They will mainly be used to play tennis, netball and basketball.

Headteacher Elaine Purves said: “Sport is an important part in the life of the school and there is no doubt that the new courts will further enhance the faculties for our students. They will provide another first rate facility­ and bring great opportunities for the students to develop their sporting skills.”

Plans for the multi-use games area were submitted to Wyre Council earlier this year and, after getting the thumbs up from the planning committee, the school is now preparing for work to begin.

The pitches have been designed by architects Worthington Ashworth Jackson Walker.

The bulk of the construction work is expected to be carried out during the summer and it is hoped the new facility will be ready in time for the start of the new school year.

According to school bosses, the development means pupils will no longer have to leave the campus to access sporting facilities.

They also said they plan to make the pitches available to the general public in the same way the school does with its swimming pool.

A spokesman for the school said the next step will be to get the contractors on site, ready for the work to begin.

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