A NEW artificial pitch will be laid out at a Fareham school in a joint project with the local hockey club.
Henry Cort Community College in Hillson Drive will have a new pitch put in at a cost of over £100,000.
The pitch will be installed over the school summer holidays, ready for the students to use again in September.
It will also benefit Fareham Hockey Club which uses the pitch for matches throughout the season.
The pitch has been funded by Fareham Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Fareham Hockey Club and The William Price Charitable Trust.
The school has also made a significant contribution to the project.
Phil Munday, principal at Henry Cort, said: ‘As a community college, we value our strong links with funding partners and we appreciate our ongoing support.
‘We are delighted to further enhance our sports facilities with a new and improved synthetic turf pitch.
‘Our role is to develop assured, capable, enterprising people and we value the support from the wider community to enable us to do this.’
Henry Cort – which recently received a good Ofsted report with outstanding features – is a specialist sports school.
It is hoped that replacing the artificial turf will enable a wider variety of sports to be played at the school.
The current pitch has become worn over the years.
The school also discovered that it would need an additional shock pad to sit underneath the new pitch, which added further to the cost.
Mr Munday added: ‘It will be ready for the students and for the beginning of the new hockey season.
‘The old pitch is getting a bit worn.
‘It’s a big benefit to the hockey club.
‘The pitch that we will get is more useable for other sports as well, like football or cricket. It’s got better bounce.
‘It will also give us a better chance to do things for different children.
‘What we always try and do is have as big an opportunity as possible for students to try other new sports.
‘We see that as a key part of our role.’