There are a number of specialist sports funding bodies dedicated to helping schools and academies deliver projects related to sports facilities and healthy living.
The Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF) was launched to distribute funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to schools to deliver projects promoting sports and healthy living.
See how Barker secured funding to refurbish this school's swimming pool
The Football Foundation works closely with the education sector to fund projects ranging from refurbishment of facilities to their “Respect” campaign. Bringing together the Premier League, the FA and Sport England, the Football Foundation has various funding schemes open at different times.
See how Barker Associates helped deliver a new changing room block for Greensward Academy and Hawkwell Athletic Football Club in Essex.
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Barker were appointed Project Managers on this joint venture to provide a new changing pavilion on existing school playing fields.
The project was funded using an innovative joint approach from both Greensward Academy and Hawkwell Athletic Football Club who had secured a grant from the FA’s Football Foundation. The school use the facilities during the week and the club use the pavilion for training at evenings and weekends.
A modular building system was utilised to maximise value for money and minimise installation time. The project was delivered by Net Zero Buildings and formally opened by local MP Mark Francois and Southend United FC goalkeeper Ted Smith.
Barker were appointed to address ongoing drainage issues on the school’s playing field. The playing field had been severely damaged as a result posing a health and safety hazard to pupils and making it unsuitable for sport and play. Working closely with the school Barker presented a strong case to the client to the install a new Multi-Use-Games-Area (MUGA) Pitch, associated land stabilisation and drainage works.
Funding was secured by Barker through the LCVAP process following a successful planning application for the project. The scope of works involved over-site clearance, landscaping and cultivation works including the installation of new soakaway drainage, installation of a 1.7m high gabion wall and a new 3G MUGA Pitch designed to FA technical standards.
Barker were responsible for RIBA (Plan of Works 2013) Stages 0–6. The works were procured on a Design & Build basis and completed on a 11 week construction programme. The new all-weather pitch is a great addition to the school providing an all-year round sports surface as well as a secure play area for the children at break time, it is a tremendous addition to the school and the children love it.
Barker made a successful application to the ESFA’s Condition Improvement Fund in 2017 to carry out extensive refurbishment works to this well-used facility. The work comprised of replacement of the pool liner, tiled deck, refurbishment of changing areas and complete renewal of the heating and ventilation systems.
As Project Managers, Barker worked with Mechanical & Engineering Consultants Time DCL and contractors Hellabys and CPLS on the project. The refurbishment was undertaken and completed during the summer break minimising disruptions to the school.
The school now benefits from a considerable reduction in energy consumption, controllable pool and air conditions and a refreshed environment in which to change. The pool continues to be used as a valuable resource for Simon Balle students and the local community to explore, learn and develop.