The £150,000 project for a new spectators’ seating area, which received lottery funding from Sport England, will provide essential capacity for viewing and allow the facility to host regional and national tournaments, increasing the number of new visitors to Torbay.
For the final phase of works, PCSA applied for Lottery funding of £149,500 from Sport England under the ‘Access to Schools fund”, this is fund is awarded to open up facilities on educational sites to the community, to increase participation. The new facilities have transformed the school and is a major lift for the local community who have access in the evenings after the end of the school day. It is particularly popular with local football teams including; 60+, women’s, disabled and youth teams. PCSA was recognised by Sport England as one of the top ten performing sites for community usage with in excess of 90,000 people utilising the facility last year.
A three-time Olympian, Peter has won numerous National titles, including 4th in the 2012 London Olympics synchronised diving. He won an individual Silver medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne; a silver medal in the synchronised diving at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and a Gold medal in the individual Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002. In 2000 at the Sydney Olympic aged 18 he came 4th place in synchronised diving.
Sara Livesey Chair of Governors added “It is particularly fitting that Pete Waterfield was on hand to officially open the Spectator area, he dived in the London 2012 Aquatic centre and as part of the Olympic Legacy the seats used were donated from the Olympic Aquatic centre.”
Following the official opening, Peter took time to give a talk to ‘Gifted and Talented Sports Performers’ from PCSA with invited students from primary schools within the Paignton Academy Primary Sports Partnership, as part of the Academy's commitment to working with its feeder primary schools. The students received the inspirational talk before taking part in three workshops focusing on: practical performance, core strength and planning for success.
The Gifted and Talented evening provided interactive sessions designed to help the students to consider a variety of different training techniques and lifestyle choices that can have a positive effect on their performance as athletes. The event culminated in a practical training session in the Multi sports hub facility, where parents of the children made good use of the new seating area.
Peter Waterfield said: “Sport has given me a fantastic life. I have travelled the world, met some amazing people and am still enjoying a great career. I want the students I visit to see that whatever life throws at them, so long as they stay focused and determined anything is possible.”
John Juylan, the Academy’s Sports Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator was delighted with how everything ran. He comments: “The primary schools did a fantastic job selecting their most able pupils, who all stayed focused throughout the sessions and demonstrated excellent knowledge and skill. We are very grateful to Winners Gym who supported the event by running a high quality workshop as well as to Pete Waterfield who was inspirational."
The gifted and talented session was a key part of the pathway that PCSA has developed to support their most talented students.
David Carpenter, Associate Principal/ Director of Sport – PCSA said: “We are extremely grateful to Sports England who provided funding of £149,500 through their Access to Schools fund. In addition we were awarded seats to the value of £20,000 from the London Olympic Legacy programme. This will allow our Academy to further open up its sporting facilities to enhance the current provision and be the catalyst for further community usage and growth amongst adults and in particular the 14-25 age range. We are committed to providing a Hub of community sport and were delighted to once again use Haldons Construction Consultants and SML Contracts to complete the impressive build which has made a substantial difference to what we can achieve as the leading sports academy in the Bay.”
Jane English Principal comments: “This build completes the impressive multisport Hub. This will ensure the facility can continue to provide sporting events and opportunities for all members of the local community, and thousands of primary and secondary pupils in Torbay, as well as offer the ability to host regional and National tournaments, supporting the growth and participation in Sport.”
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