Sports institute ‘excited’ over plans for academy extension
THE ENGLISH Institute of Sport said they are “excited” about Sheffield City Council’s plans to build an extension for pupils at the Oasis Academy Don Valley.
A report revealed the council had put forward a proposal to build the extension, favouring that over other options.
If the plans go ahead the report said EISS will get £700,000 loan to build the extension within 12 months so that it is available for the start of the 2019 academic year.
The new space will be used as a sports facility for Oasis Academy pupils, the Sheffield Sharks basketball team and a community venue.
Andrew Snelling, chief executive of Sheffield City Trust, said they are looking forward to working with students and the Sharks. He said: “Obviously this is a recommendation to cabinet at this stage, but we’re excited about the prospect of delivering and managing a sporting facility for Oasis Academy Don Valley at the EISS. “The extension would be a significant addition to what is already a world-class venue and I’m sure the students would benefit from having lessons and games in the same building as elite sportsmen and women.”
A spokesperson for Oasis Academy said: “The young people of Oasis Academy Don Valley would really benefit from the school being a key feature of the Olympic Legacy Park.
“Our partners Sheffield City Council are taking the lead in the development of our new sports hall which we hope will continue to provide our students with lots of opportunities that raise their aspirations and expose them to elite sport.”
The Sharks were initially planning to build a community basketball arena and there had been some confusion over the new report and funding.
The report will be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.