£4.2million Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre opened at Truro School
A multi-million pound state of the art sports centre has been opened at Truro School today.
The Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, which is one of the biggest of its kind in the county, is now open to the public.
It will be officially opened by the former Truro School pupil himself, Sir Ben Ainslie, who won a record fourth gold medal at last year's London 2012 Olympic Games, on October 23.
Costing £4.2million and taking around a year to build, the sports centre is the size of eight badminton courts and contains two squash courts, a dance studio, a fitness suite and the school’s already existing swimming pool.
It is hoped the new facilities will benefit not only the school and its students but the wider community.
Headteacher Andrew Gordon-Brown said: “Our mission is to be a beacon of inclusive excellence and the opening of this fantastic facility is further evidence of that.
“As a charity we have got a responsibility to make sure there is a public benefit but it is also to take forward our sporting excellence.
“It was so nice to see the sports hall being used today and to see its versatility with the various activities taking place.”
He said the school was in talks with various sporting governing bodies regarding using the professional-standard facilities, including Sport Squash, which he said it now had an “internal agreement” with.
Truro School is one of nine members of the Methods Independent Schools Trust, which secured the funding for the new sports hall.