School scores with £2m plan for new facilities

Samuel Whitbread Academy
Samuel Whitbread Academy
  • New sports facilities worth more than £2m are being planned for Samuel Whitbread Academy
  • The Shefford school have applied for planning permission to start work on the state-of-the-art plans
  • The facilities would also be open to the local community

New sporting facilities worth over £2million are being planned for Samuel Whitbread Academy in Shefford.

Plans have been submitted to Central Beds Council and the facilities would also be open to the public.

This plan will, for the first time since the school was opened in September 1973, allow us to upgrade and create state-­of-­the-art sporting facilities worthy of our young people and, additionally, allow us to open up additional sport and training facilities, including our gym to the community.

Robert Robson, Principal of Samuel Whitbread Academy

The plans will see a state-­of-­the art 4­G quality football and rugby playing surface built, three supporting/practice pitches, four tennis and netball/volleyball courts, six cricket bowling runs, a pavilion and changing facility, and a levelled athletics track with field sports for summer use.

Robert Robson, Principal of Samuel Whitbread Academy, said: “We want Samuel Whitbread Academy to have leading sporting facilities and to become a sporting centre of excellence for sports including rugby and football.

“This plan will, for the first time since the school was opened in September 1973, allow us to upgrade and create state-­of-­the-art sporting facilities worthy of our young people and, additionally, allow us to open up additional sport and training facilities, including our gym to the community.”

As part of the project the sports field area will need to be remodelled by being levelled (it currently slopes from north to south) and given proper drainage.

The plans will also see a new access from Hitchin Road with a new car park, which will reduce usage of Shefford Road.

Mr Robson added: “We want to see Samuel Whitbread Academy students enjoy the very best facilities and opportunities.

“At the moment we don’t have the facilities enjoyed by other schools nor, under the historic and ongoing financial constraints, can we offer facilities for community use.

“These proposals will allow us to achieve a significant uplift for our students and our community.”