Tring School takes on running of sports centre in ambitious redevelopment plans

Tring Sports Centre, which used to be ran by Sportspace, will be managed by Tring School from April
Tring Sports Centre, which used to be ran by Sportspace, will be managed by Tring School from April

Council bosses have confirmed that Tring Sports Centre and swimming pool will now be managed by Tring School.

Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet was last week agreed to transfer the running of the centre – previously managed by Sportspace – to the school.

As part of the deal Dacorum Borough Council will pay for a £1.1million refurbishment of the swimming pool and changing rooms later this year. It will form part of a £20m redevelopment of the whole school site.

The new arrangement will be in place from April 1, and existing prices and programme times for local clubs will be protected for 12 months.

Tring School is now required to operate and manage the new facilities and be responsible for any future improvements, as well as day-to-day asset management.

The school has also agreed that all existing facilities on the Tring Sports Centre site are made available for 'community use' as a minimum until 2042.

The facilities will run on a not-for-profit basis, with any surplus that is made being reinvested in Tring School, Grove Road Primary School, or the leisure complex.

The school is close to agreeing the designs for the rebuilding of the school and this will include a new four-court sports hall and large activity studio.

Headteacher Sue Collings said: “The new school will bring us state of the art educational facilities that are also safe and efficient to run. The fact that that we can now incorporate the enhanced and modern leisure complex into the masterplan for the site is a fantastic opportunity that will benefit the school and the wider community.

"We think it’s an excellent model for a community facing multi academy trust where everybody wins.”

Councillor Andrew Williams, leader of Dacorum Borough Council, added: “This decision will ensure that we continue to provide long-term protected community access to the facilities in Tring, while also securing our investment in facilities and providing value for taxpayer’s money.

"It enables the development of a new sports hall, which will create a new community facility with an estimated value of £4 million."

Stephen Bailey, chairman of Tring Tornadoes Junior Sports Club, added: “We are very pleased that Tring School is taking over the management of the sports facilities. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the school to provide substantial modernised sporting facilities for pupils, and boost sports participation within the wider community."