Sports in­sti­tute ‘ex­cited’ over plans for academy ex­ten­sion

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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.

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