THE town’s MP has thrown his support behind plans for a proposed sports and education hub at Ranelagh School.

Dr Phillip Lee visited the site of the proposed hub, and explained how important it will be for the community, if approved by the council.

Dr Lee said: “Whilst needing to take note of local residents’ concerns, we have an exciting venture here. 

“By utilising this land for the greater good – not just for football and sport, but also for education – the facilities in Bracknell will be much improved and I will be providing my full support for this project.”

The plans, which have been put forward to Bracknell Forest Council, are for the building of a sports facility including all weather football pitch, rugby pitch and netball courts, two-storey education building, 100m sprint track and long jump pit and provision of new access with parking and vehicle-turning facility.

Headteacher Beverley Stevens, was also present, and explained how beneficial the hub will be, not only for the community, but for her school as well.

She said: “As well as building new state of the art facilities for netball, rugby, football and athletics, providing outstanding playing, coaching and training opportunities for children and young people in the community from the age of six to adult, the project would be offering educational opportunities to young athletes at the age of 16.

“Our aim would be to have coaching courses and qualifications running alongside the school curriculum so that we could look to add to the athlete’s opportunities in the club and the local community.

"The overall aim being that although we accept some athletes will move on to higher education and maybe even a better standard of sports, the majority would find work in the local community and continue their association with the schools/clubs in either a playing or coaching capacity or both.  

"Part of the project’s end goal would also be a real focus on exit strategies and work in the local community.”