Sport for Health

Fundraising for a 3G pitch at Walbottle Campus

The Sport for Health project aims to raise £230,000 to install a new 3G artificial pitch to replace the current astropitch which has reached the end of its lifespan. This new multi-sport facility will provide an excellent sport facility to both students and the wider community in the Outer West of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Why it matters
Physical inactivity comes at great cost to both an individual’s health and the UK economy. The cost of inactivity in Tyne and Wear alone is £226.3million and, in Newcastle upon Tyne is £46.9million (UK Active: Turning the Tide of Inactivity, 2014).

The current sand based Astro pitch is 12 years old, and is unsuitable for rugby and local football teams. The installation of a new 3G pitch will enable local football clubs to use the facilities all year round as well as, introduce new sports into the community, thereby increasing opportunities for local people to get active. The pitch will all attract more clubs to Walbottle and reinstate the venue as sports hub within Newcastle upon Tyne.

Literacy to Achieve

Friends of Walbottle support Walbottle Campus to transform their school Library

The £200,000 project to transform the library was achieved with support from the Friends of Walbottle, whose fundraising successes included securing grants from the Foyle Foundation, the Ballinger Charitable Trust and Warburtons, as well as raising money from a charity ball, student fundraising activities and corporate sponsorship. School were able to commit the outstanding funding required for the redevelopment, and work began to transform the library over the 2018 summer break.

The project facilitated a full-scale redevelopment, almost doubling the size of the library and creating a modern and engaging space with upgraded IT facilities. The new library boasts a greatly expanded stock of books as well as space for individual and group study and whole class workshops.

Project Literacy to Achieve reflects Walbottle Campus’ wider commitment to develop literacy skills within all students throughout school. The school has adopted the Accelerated Reader programme which is designed to encourage and promote successful reading in students throughout school.

The grand opening of the new Library on Wednesday 24th October 2018 included a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by the Sheriff and Deputy Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor David Cook, who had previously held the role of Governor at Walbottle Campus for over twenty years, three of which he held as Chair. Guests included children’s author, Dan Smith, members of the school book club, the student council, school staff as well as representatives from organisations who supported the project. Guests were invited to look around the new library, visit an exhibition prepared by the school book club and view a commemorative plaque honouring the opening of the library.