CHESTERFIELD: £5m investment hope for sports centre

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SPORTS centre users are set to benefit from investment of at least £5 million upgrading leisure centre facilities.

The plans for Queen’s Park Sports Centre, Chesterfield, have been revealed by Chesterfield Council and involve a joint venture with Chesterfield College.

The college has pledged £2.5 million from the proceeds of selling its Clowne campus, which will be used to help provide facilities at the centre for about 2,000 students - 800 coming from its sport and public services course - alongside public sports facilities.

The council will match-fund the college’s investment and both parties will also look for other funding sources.

Coun Nick Stringer said: “We’re excited by these partnership plans with the college as it would secure large-scale investment that will improve the facilities for residents.

“There has to be some major refurbishment at QPSC if we are to remain competitive and offer our residents a first-class facility.

“Working with the college would see the centre much more widely used during off-peak times and would give us the potential for more apprenticeship schemes and placement opportunities which all helps to reduce the high levels of youth unemployment.

“We will work with existing users and members of the centre to make sure any new facilities meet their needs.”

Trevor Clay, college acting principal, said: “This is an exciting partnership which enables us to provide top-class facilities to our students.

“This will not only benefit their learning experience, but also expand the employment and progression routes we can offer them such as apprenticeships. We aim to give all of our students employment skills and where better to do that than at a fully-functioning centre such as this.”