£300,000 raised towards new sporting complex

funds raised: Pupils at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Alford celebrate �300,000 being raised towards a sports complex.
funds raised: Pupils at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Alford celebrate �300,000 being raised towards a sports complex.

Parents and friends of the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Alford have helped to raise an impressive £300,000 towards a new sports complex.

The money raised last term means the Campaign Boards behind the project are confident of raising the £500,000 needed to complete the scheme by March.

It is hoped that the remaining money needed will be secured through a bid to the Government for capital funding.

Head teacher Angie Francis said: “We are very grateful to all those who have contributed.

“The children are really really excited about the complex. It would be a dream come true if we can get the funding.”

The sports complex plans include a purpose-built, high-specification sports hall and four-lane swimming pool which will benefit current and future generations at the school and the wider community.

Further fundraising projects, such as sponsored events, will take place at the school in the new year.

If the necessary funding can be secured, it is hoped the complex, which will be on the school grounds, will open in September 2016.