BUCKHAVEN High School pupils have been running and jumping and even skipping for joy following the opening of their new £2.2 million games hall, reports PAUL CARDWELL.
Making up the school’s new PE department, the top class purpose built facility includes a fitness suite, gymnasium, mini games hall, classroom, disabled changing facilities and a staff base.
Putting it to good use already, pupils from across the school have been taking advantage of the new facilities with the PE department reporting a huge uptake in pupils taking part in sports courses.
Principal teacher of PE, William Allan said he was delighted the building would now be able to cater for the school’s six football teams, four rugby teams, four netball teams, basketball team and gymnastics, table tennis, badminton and athletics clubs.
Mr Allan continued: “We are very proud of the achievements of pupils in relation to sports activities.
“There’s no doubt that this wonderful new building has added to and improved those achievements and we will continue to support pupils to achieve their sporting potential.”
Constructed as part of Fife Council’s Capital Investment Plan, the building is fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and adds to the school’s outdoor sports facilities which benefit from extensive playing fields.
James McKinstry, education senior manager, added: “This is one of many Capital Investment projects which we have recently completed.
“In 2010/11 we spent £11.4m and we will continue to spend another £27.4m in the next three years to further enhance our facilities and ensure that our school estate is fit for purpose.
“These planned works of renovation and restoration are further complemented by the £126m Building Fife’s Future project which will see six schools built or re-built across Fife.”