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England star opens sports facilities

 Casey Stoney, England and Team GB 2012 Ladies’ football captain, has officially opened the superb new community sports facilities at The Priory City of Lincoln Academy.

Casey, who also captains Lincoln City Ladies in the Women’s Super League and was recently named the Women’s International Player of the Year by the FA, said the Academy’s facilities were “fantastic”.

“Everyone talks about inspiring a generation and this is exactly the sort of thing which should inspire everyone to take part in sport,” she told VIP guests at the opening ceremony.

Among the invited guests were staff, students and representatives from Lincolnshire FA, Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire Community Sports Network, local sports clubs and the Priory Federation. Click here to see the full selection of photos from the event.

 The most recent developments were made possible by funding from the Federation and a £150,000 award from Sport England under its ‘Inspired Facilities’ programme.

They include:
- Totally refurbished changing facilities for swimming pool users
- Newly created dry changing rooms to service outdoor sports, the gym, sports hall, dance studio and fitness suite
- Major electrical and fire alarm upgrades, pipework and remedial work to a centre built in 1974.

The refurbishment follows a previous upgrade to the Academy’s swimming pool, which reopened after a refit at the end of 2011.

The Academy now has almost 40 external clubs, groups and organisations (eg football, cricket and martial arts) using its sports facilities, meaning almost 1,900 people every week make use of the centre.

This includes more than 350 children aged between four and thirteen who have afternoon and early-evening lessons at the Junior Learn to Swim School run by the Academy.

Mr Fenton, the Academy’s Director of Sport, said: “Many pupils, groups, schools and clubs are already enjoying the benefit of these outstanding facilities.

“The project has increased sustainable participation by making our facilities more modern and accessible to the whole community. Overall, it has created a better sporting experience while reducing running costs.”






























    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln