Redruth head teacher's plans for a £500,000 local sports facility
A HEAD teacher in Redruth is spearheading an ambitious scheme to build a £500,000 multipurpose community sports facility for the town.
Robert Adams, of Pennoweth Primary School, said the facilities were needed to tackle deprivation and give the town's youngsters somewhere to develop new skills and confidence.
He already has the backing of five local schools, as well as support from the Cornish Pirates and the Bishop of Truro, to build a new floodlit training pitch with changing rooms and parking.
Mr Adams, who has set aside school land off Drump Road for the facility, is hoping to bid for a £500,000 Sport England improvement grant but needs to find 25 per cent of the fund – £125,000 – to support the application.
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Redruth School, and the primary schools at St Day, Treleigh, Lanner and Stithians have recently become a co-operative trust and are supporting the sporting initiative, said Mr Adams.
"Through the vehicle of sport we hope to help transform our whole community. Improved health and self-esteem, respect for each other, improved interpersonal and social skills, and higher aspiration lead to increased employment," he added.
The head teacher said the town was a wonderful place but needed to overcome problems.
"It suffers from high rates of domestic violence, with a local estate subject to a community curfew in 2009. There are high rates of teenage pregnancy and other issues."
He pointed to the lack of sporting facilities, saying the nearest were at Carn Brea and Pool, four or five miles away.
"What is needed is a state-of-the-art floodlit training area that can be used by the whole community during the day, in the evenings and during the weekend in a central location in Redruth," he added.
He said early discussions with the Cornish Pirates showed the pitch would provide the ideal location for its Hitz Programme, aimed at disaffected young men aged 17 to 23.
The Rugby Football Union has also shown interest in becoming a partner to the project, he added.
"The first challenge is to gain community backing and make sure that it is a community project and meets the needs of our community.
"We need people who have interest in developing sustainable buildings, sports facilities or could have influence in our local community.
There is a public meeting about the project on Wednesday at Pennoweth School hall at 7pm.