CRGS £1 m. sports hall campaign

LENDING SUPPORT: Olympic bronze medallist Jon Schofield with pupils from CRGS. (s)
LENDING SUPPORT: Olympic bronze medallist Jon Schofield with pupils from CRGS. (s)

“Building Our Future” is the theme of a campaign set up by CRGS to raise the £1 m. needed to build a new sports hall at the main school’s Chatburn Road site.

Plans include a four-court sports hall facility along with new changing rooms, with the total bill estimated at £1.75 m.

Head teacher Judith Child explained that the proposed time frame would be to have the facility completed by the end of 2013.

She said: “The campaign has had a very positive start, helped tremendously by a fantastic offer from a former CRGS pupil who has pledged to match donations by individuals pound for pound. In addition, the school will be able to claim 25% gift aid on donations received, so every £1,000 will be worth £1,250, plus the additional like for like money which will boost it to £2,500. In addition, the school has also been able to secure a sizeable donation from a trust set up by another former student.”

On Friday, March 15th, the school’s alumni association The Clitheronians held their annual quiz night and presented a cheque for £4,000 towards the sports hall fund.

The chairman of governors Dr Andy Clayton acknowledged that there is still a long way to go to achieve the school’s ambitious goal: “We believe that we will be able to raise the money with the help of alumni, parents, carers and students and with the support of local companies. We have had a very positive response so far.”

Olympic medallist and former CRGS student Jon Schofield also lent his support to the campaign: “As a former pupil of CRGS, I have been lucky enough to enjoy a long and rewarding career in sport. I would love to see more children in the Ribble Valley have the opportunity to perform and excel in the sport of their choice and CRGS having a modern sports hall with the facilities to cater for multiple disciplines will provide the opportunity for the school to enrich the lives of its students.”

• To make a donation, please contact the campaign manager Vanessa Howard on 01200 414015 or e-mail: