Community groups and sports clubs looking for a suitable venue are spoilt for choice in North Swindon, where seven PFI schools are open for public hire.
Facilities at the North Swindon Learning Campus plus Moredon and Orchid Vale Primaries and Nova Hreod Secondary are managed by John Laing. Amy Hutchinson, who manages hire to third parties, said that sports teams playing football, hockey, badminton, wheelchair football and netball regularly use the facilities but there is plenty of capacity for more. “We want to encourage tennis, basketball, rugby, step aerobics, outdoor cricket, gymnastics and trampoline, and would love to have these sorts of groups contact us.”
There are specialist facilities for people with disabilities at Brimble Hill and Uplands special schools, including sensory rooms, soft play and a hydrotherapy pool and these will shortly be opening for public hire.
A community room at Isambard is offered free of charge to non profit organisations. The room has already been made available to Brownies, Guides, Scouts, Redhouse Christian Fellowship and disabled musicians, Music Alive.
Meetings, training sessions and forums can all be accommodated in the schools in a selection of conference and meeting facilities ranging from small rooms to a hall holding up to 300 people.
The schools are the ideal venue for children’s functions and parties, with the benefit of ball pits, play equipment and outside play areas. Catering can be arranged for all events.
Activities can be held from 6pm to 10pm weekdays and 9am to 10pm at weekends and school holidays.
For more details contact Amy Hutchinson on 01793 707592 or 07884 117185. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open day at Nova Hreod
What’s On My Doorstep will be the theme of an open day organised by John Laing, Extended School Services and Swindon Council on Saturday 14 March at Nova Hreod School.
The day will showcase the opportunities available in the community and will be a good chance to see the facilities for hire. Free children’s entertainment and refreshments will be provided. Drop in anytime from 11am to 3pm.