Rossall pitches to be open to all

Rossall School pupils playing hockey
Rossall School pupils playing hockey

Work on a £350,000 sports development at Rossall School has been given the go-ahead by planners.

Three floodlit all-weather pitches are the latest development at the independent school, where £4m has been invested to upgrade its facilities.

Work will begin on the latest scheme later this month.

The pitches will be for use by students, as well as the community, and will be available to hire outside school hours.

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 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.

School bosses 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.