Plymouth school to get a pitch as part of Olympic legacy
A CITY school is to get a state-of-the-art sports pitch thanks to Olympic legacy funding.
Marine Academy Plymouth has received National Lottery funding to the tune of £150,000.
The cash boost came as part of a £150million legacy programme called Places People Play.
Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark to celebrate its link to the Olympic Games.
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The money at Marine Academy Plymouth (MAP) will be spent on a third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitch, fencing, spotlights and the upgrade of existing grass pitches, as well as changing rooms.
It will also go towards the refurbishment of MAP's sports hall and existing changing rooms.
Julie Fellows, director at the school, said: "The new developments further underpin our commitment to our local community and our determination to improve the life chances of our community.
"Our young people and their families will be able to access a range of top class instructors and facilities for both sport and leisure.
"With the provision of the 3G, our thriving Football Academy will continue to grow and students from Plymouth University will be able to access the extra training ground that they need."
This development will enable the co-location of many University football teams and both Plymouth University and Devon Football Association have been supporting the successful bid."
The school is currently pumping £14million into new buildings, refurbishments and facilities, including a new primary school on its St Budeaux campus.
The new primary school aims to fill the gap between the existing Shining Stars Nursery and the MAP campus.
The school's sports facilities project is one of 310 schemes across the country to get the lottery handout.
Sport England chairman Richard Lewis, added: "This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Plymouth from last year's successful Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is the legacy people want for their local community."