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The Eastwood School Sports Project 2011—Press Pack

The Race is On! www.eastwood.southend.sch.uk


Welcome Welcome to The Eastwood School Sports Project 2011 Press Pack: The Eastwood School are proud to announce the construction of state of the art sports facilities on the school site in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. We are a specialist sports college and the hub for the school sports partnership for Southend-on-Sea West. We have leading edge status and the latest Ofsted report recognised that our students excel in physical education and that 100% of students achieved GCSE grade C or above and 41% achieved the highest A* or A gradesâ€&#x;. The school is also recognised locally, regionally and nationally for its performance and major achievements within a wide range of sporting areas. The school regularly competes in national competitions and the school is identified by NGBâ€&#x;s as a leading practitioner. Key Contacts: Main school number: 01702 524341 Scott Maclean Deputy Head Teacher & Sports Director smaclean@eastwood.southend.sch.uk Scott Sterling Business Manager & Services Director ssterling@eastwood.southend.sch.uk Hayley Pegg Stakeholder & Charities Liaison Manager hpegg@eastwood.southend.sch.uk James Tubb Marketing Manager jtubb@eastwood.southend.sch.uk

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The Project Vision and Benefits: Vision: To provide a first-class facility that will give opportunities for the local community to increase participation in Athletics and Football improving healthy living. To give elite athletes the chance to further their career having facilities on their door step and producing stars of the future. Providing Southend with competitive facilities that compete with national facilities, putting Southend on the map for Sport.

Benefits: 

Significantly improved access to athletic activity for pupils within the school or associated with the sports hub, including those with physical disabilities.

The creation of opportunities to improve training activity for elite athletes from local schools, community clubs and county talent schemes.

Risk of injury to gifted and talented athletes, when performing near their limits, greatly reduced by the use of appropriate level surfaces.

In light of the upcoming London Olympics 2012, interest and demand for these facilities is anticipated to increase significantly. Through access to a Mondo track the community will have the opportunity to use the same track as used at the Beijing and forthcoming London Olympic games.

Opportunity to cater for already existing Gifted and Talented workshops in Western Sports Partnership with ex-Olympic athletes at one venue thus decreasing transport costs and increasing access pathways for the local community.

The development of a perimeter fitness trail improves the access and opportunity for students to engage in activities linked with the schools promotion of healthy lifestyles.

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The Project State-of-the-Art Facilities:

Proposed Facilities:     

UKA/IAAF compliant six lane, 400m Mondo surface running track Full-sized FIFA standard football pitch Pole-vault Throwing Net High Jump

Mondo surface is a highly specialised and engineered material that was first installed at the Valencia World Indoor Championship and more recently at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. At both events world records were broken with 118 world records broken at the Beijing Paralympic Games. The surface is engineered to return the maximum level of energy from the surface to the athlete and also reduces rolling resistance of the surface for wheelchair athletes. The softness of the surface protects athletes from stress injuries and significantly aids performance

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London 2012 Olympics Bringing the Olympics to Southend

We are currently working with the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee to enable international athletes to use our facilities to train for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. International delegates from the Maldives, Sri Lanka and the Philippines have toured the school and we are proud to say that we will be the training grounds for the Maldivian Paralympic Athletic Team. Our involvement within the Olympics is a significant sign of our commitment to raising the profile of sports within Southend and our dedication to increasing pathways into sport and improving healthy living.

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Our Support Who has already ‘joined the race’? The Eastwood School has the full support and sponsorship from the following organisations, businesses and people: The Essex Chambers of Commerce “This is truly a exciting project to be involved in.” Denise Rossiter, Managing Director

“This facility is world class and not only puts Eastwood School on the sporting map but will engage with the local, regional and international community” David Amess MP, Southend West

“Congratulations on your initiative and every success for the future. ” Dame Mary Peters, DBE, DL

We have also gained support from the following athletes: Dame Kelly Holmes, Mark Foster, Steve Backley, Jessica Ennis, Jenny Meadows

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‘Join the Race’ Support us and be part of an amazing project: This exciting project will change the sporting landscape of Southend providing people of all ages and abilities with facilities that compete with major international sporting organisations.

We have a wide range of advertising and sponsorship opportunities and we would love to hear from you. Be part of something exciting, „Join the Race‟! Scott Maclean Deputy Head Teacher & Sports Director smaclean@eastwood.southend.sch.uk Scott Sterling Business Manager & Services Director ssterling@eastwood.southend.sch.uk Hayley Pegg Stakeholder & Charities Liaison Manager hpegg@eastwood.southend.sch.uk James Tubb Marketing Manager jtubb@eastwood.southend.sch.uk

The Eastwood High School Rayleigh Road Eastwood Leigh-on-Sea Essex SS9 5UU (01702) 524341

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‘Want to Join the Race?’ For news, information and notices on events which support our ‘race’ please go to: www.eastwood.southend.sch.uk/theraceison


The Race is on!