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Sports Hall Official Opening

Our brand new state of the art Sports Hall was officially opened today. Wiltshire Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton and local sports heroes, Laura Halford and Grant Turner conducted the ceremony and unveiled the plaque.

Ex-Bradon Forest Head Girl, Laura, is a British Champion gymnast and has represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games. Grant, who also attended Bradon Forest, won relay silver in swimming at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and represented Team GB at London 2012 Olympics. Other attendees at the event included James Gray, the MP for North Wiltshire, local community users of the sports hall, staff from the Athelstan Multi Academy Trust which Bradon Forest is part of, headteachers and pupils from local primary schools.

Grant Turner said:

Opportunity is a word that is banded around a lot but I am really grateful for the opportunities that Bradon Forest offered me. Without their support I wouldn’t have enjoyed the successes that I did. The students of today and for many years to come will be able to enjoy the sporting opportunities now available to them through this amazing facility.

Bradon Forest received almost £1 million funding to build the new sports hall from section 106 monies predominantly from the Ridgeway Farm development and a smaller proportion from the Tadpole Garden Village development. The 970 square metre building houses a full size basketball court ideal for the school’s prize-winning basketball teams and enables the school to host basketball competitions with other schools. The upstairs viewing gallery acts as a multi-purpose area for table tennis, meetings and community events. We have a long history of basketball and other sporting success. In 2017 alone Year 9 and Year 11 boys and Year 8 and Year 9 girls’ basketball teams were Swindon Champions, Year 9 and Year 10 boys and the girls’ Under 14 teams were football Swindon School Champions.  In netball the Year 7 girls were Swindon School’s Champion’s and the Year 9 girls team indoor netball champions.  Also under 13’s Swindon Schools Team Tennis Tournament champions!

 PE teacher Mr Matthews said:

We are very excited to be able to host Swindon School Tournaments. It will make a huge difference not to have to play every match away.

Dr Morrison said

The new Sports Hall is another great asset for Bradon Forest. We are very lucky to already have lovely large playing fields, a gym, sports pavilion, tennis and netball courts, and a general purpose hall. The Sports Hall facility will extend the sporting opportunities available to our students alongside the huge range of other activities the school has to offer.

 The sports hall is available for hire. Contact the school for more details.