COMMUNITY leaders have spoken of their joy after a Gosport school finally won £2.5m funding for a new sports hall.
Bay House School, in Gomer Lane, Alverstoke, has been told it will receive the funding from the Education Funding Agency – despite being refused the money twice.
Work is due to start on the new hall later this month and is expected to last for 11 months.
Councillor Mark Hook, who represents Alverstoke and leads Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘I am delighted because originally they were turned down.
‘Both the MP and myself wrote to the EFA to support the application on appeal.
‘I am delighted they can get on with it.
‘When you think we are trying to tackle obesity, health and wellbeing in young people, we need to provide them with the best possible facilities we can.’
The school’s deteriorating sports hall was declared unfit for purpose in January last year.
It was replaced with a temporary ‘tent-like’ structure in the school grounds, which parents said was inadequate and denied youngsters sporting opportunities.
The Year 10 girls’ team – winners of the Hampshire Cup and quarter finalists in the National Schools Basketball competition – had been struggling to find somewhere to train and play matches after the hall was written off.