The much anticipated new Sports Centre’s progress recently reached a major milestone with a topping out ceremony.

The event gathered Oundle School representatives, including Head Sarah Kerr-Dineen alongside contractors GRAHAM, to celebrate the progress of the £24m project.

Once completed in Spring 2020, Oundle School Sports Centre will accommodate a 50-metre swimming pool, an eight court sports hall that offers adaptable playing space for a range of sports, as well as the opportunity for whole School assemblies through the use of retractable seating, a 70-station fitness suite, a dedicated dance studio, and three further multi-purpose rooms. Dual use has been factored into the development to ensure that there will be year-round community and sports club access to the state-of-the-art facilities that span 5,000m2 of space.

The School has invested considerably in its sporting infrastructure as part of a wider Sports MasterPlan that has also led to the development of a new athletics track, eight additional tennis courts, two new AstroTurf pitches, and six additional netball courts.

The facilities will support sport at a top competitive level whilst catering for a multitude of sports and leisure activities at all levels, not just for pupils, but the wider community of which the School is a central part.

Sarah Kerr-Dineen said: “We want our pupils to take from School the attitudes, knowledge and enthusiasms that will support a happy, productive adult life. This must also be true of our School sport, and this new Sports Centre will make a massive contribution to realising this ambition.”

The new Sports Centre website provides details of membership packages, facilities and activities available at the Sports Centre: