Shadow Education Minister and Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Tristram Hunt led proceedings for the official opening of a new multimillion-pound sports complex to help students access a wider range of courses and coaching qualifications .
Stoke on Trent College unveiled their multi-purpose £4million Sports Academy that boasts state- of-the-art-equipment, fitness testing lab, sports hall, fitness suite and aerobics facilities.
The development will now enable the College to launch a wide range of sporting opportunities for both students and members of the public, as well as provide a variety of new enrichment activities.
The Shadow Education Minister, who was joined at the ceremony by a number of dignitaries including governors, councillors and headteachers, said: “This is another great milestone for the college.
“I want to pay tribute to the leadership at the college for making things like this happen. It is good to see this college as part of a community producing students who will contribute to the economy and now it is keeping them fit as well.”
College Principal Sarah Robinson said: “Both our students and members of the public will benefit from this fantastic new facility, as we can now offer a far wider range of sports and outdoor education programs in a modern environment.
It was a pleasure to have the new Sports Academy officially opened by MP Tristram Hunt and mark this historical moment for Stoke on Trent College.”
Work began on the Sports Academy in January and forms part of a major £36m plan by the college to improve and enhance both its campuses at Cauldon and Burslem.
Anthony Brannen, Assistant Director for Sport, Leisure and Public Services, said: “Thanks to the new sports centre, we will now be able to offer a wider range of courses.
“These will include more specific performance, recreational and coaching based provision in a range of sports such as cricket, netball and volleyball in addition to elite level competition.
“The location is also ideal. It fits in really nicely with the park and is far more visible to the public. It will hopefully encourage more community use.”