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Wider community to benefit from school facilities

Plaque unveiled by Glenn Rodger, former director of education, at Peebles High School's new sports facilities.

Plaque unveiled by Glenn Rodger, former director of education, at Peebles High School's new sports facilities.

Local sporting stars Chris O’Hare and Jo Pettitt joined staff and pupils for the official opening of new sporting facilities at Peebles High last week.

An indoor four-court games hall, general purpose hall, fitness suite, classroom and associated changing facilities have been created. They are complemented by a new 2G synthetic pitch, sprint track and long jump track.

The facilities were officially opened by recently-retired director of education for the council, Glenn Rodger.

The project was made possible thanks to a £4,300,000 investment from the council and an additional grant contribution of £500,000 from sportscotland.

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: “It is wonderful to see the new facilities at Peebles High School officially opened, and I’m sure they will become an asset for the school and wider community.

“sportscotland is committed to investing in quality facilities as part of its drive towards developing a world-class sporting system at all levels, and we are delighted that our £500,000 of funding has helped Scottish Borders Council to create such a fantastic range of sports facilities.”

Councillor Vicky Davidson, executive member for sport, culture, youth and communities, added: “Peebles is the biggest high school in the Borders and these new larger facilities will allow it to deliver the full PE curriculum to all of its students, something they struggled with before due to lack of space and an outdated building.

“However, this new sports hub is not just for school use, it is there for the whole community to enjoy and I’m sure it will be used to full advantage by sports clubs in the area for many years to come.”

Borders Sport and Leisure Trust manage community use of the facility outside school hours.

Members of the public can book the new facilities by contacting the Gytes Leisure Centre.

 

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