We have some exciting news regarding our plans to further enhance our sports facilities at Cardinal Newman Catholic School. We have been allocated specific Capital funding which will meet some of the costs of a new all-weather sports pitch. We will need to secure further funds from Sports grants and the wider community.
We will be submitting a planning application to Brighton & Hove City Council to install the sports pitch on part of the south-facing school field.
The addition of an all-weather artificial turf pitch would have numerous benefits for students, both for curriculum time usage and for the provision of school sports clubs.
We anticipate that the availability of an all-weather surface will encourage more students to participate in sport more frequently – muddy winter pitches will be a thing of the past!
Our plans also represent a big opportunity for the school to support both boys’ and girls’ sport.
We are extremely proud of our excellent sporting record both locally and nationally, including the outstanding success of Newman Rugby Academy who were crowned winners at the AoC National Championships in April 2019 and the Boys Football team who were in the Final of the ESFA U13 National Schools Cup in May 2018. The availability of a state-of-the-art all-weather surface will undoubtedly nurture sport at the school, enabling current and future cohorts to build on these excellent achievements.
It is important to us that the all-weather surface benefits the local community too. We intend to let the pitch to local sports clubs during evenings and weekends when it is not in use by the school.
This will increase the provision of affordable high-quality sports facilities for local sports groups in the city, as well as delivering an income stream for the school.
Our intention is also to extend the use of the all-weather pitch to our feeder primary schools, to enable younger students to use the facilities and to foster a culture of sporting ambition at every stage of our students’ education.
Alongside the installation of the all-weather surface, our proposals allow for new changing facilities, including making them accessible to wheelchair users.
We will be holding a drop-in public exhibition at the school in the Chapel on Thursday 11th July between 4pm – 7pm which you are welcome to attend. School governors and the project architects will be on hand to discuss the proposed development and to answer any questions you may have.
We would very much appreciate your support and hope you and your families are as excited as we are about our proposals to enhance sports provision for our students and the local community alike.
You can review the plans here:
If you are unable to attend the public exhibition and would like to make a comment on the proposed plan, please do so here: Submit Comment