On Wednesday 29th April 2015, Great Baddow High School welcomed Mr Sam Allardyce, Manager of West Ham United, and two West Ham United first team players to the school for the official opening of our new domed AstroTurf facility. The event included an acadamy training session for Great Baddow High School students in addition to a tournament for our local Primary Schools including; Baddow Hall Junior School, Larkrise, Broomfield Primary School, The Cathedral School, Mildmay Junior School and St Michaels.
|Looking forward to the new Astrodome||12th February||24th March 2015|
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|Entrance to the new Air-Dome||The facilities inside||View from the netball courts|
This project involved transforming a dilapidated tarmacadam playground into a new generation sports facility in the form of a double skinned air dome with lights, heating and a short pile 3G artificial surface. This facility is the first of its type in the area and will serve the school and local community for curriculum, extended schools and outreach programmes.
Funding for the project was secured through the hard work of the school's business manager, Paul Draper.
'This was third time lucky with a grant being awarded for £115,333. The balance for the project will be made up from money saved by the school since we converted to academy status in 2011 and around £50,000 of our school fund raised through contributions from parents and fund-raising activities.'
Carrie Lynch, Head Teacher at Great Baddow High School, said:
“We are delighted that Sport England have supported this exciting project. The new facility will provide even more opportunities for our students and the local community to benefit from outstanding sports provision at Great Baddow High School all year round. As well as being a 'state of the art' sports venue, there will be times when other subject areas will be able to benefit from the size and design. For example, we're hoping to be able to project images onto the domed ceiling which would bring the teaching of outer space and the planets to life.”