VIDEO: Grantham MP and former England cricketer open new King’s School sports hall

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This afternoon saw the official opening of the King’s School’s new sports hall.

Grantham MP Nick Boles and former England cricketer Angus Fraser were there to officially open the hall.

Presentations by headmaster Frank Hedley at the opening of the King's School sports hall. Photo: TRP-30-1-2015-248A (10)

Presentations by headmaster Frank Hedley at the opening of the King's School sports hall. Photo: TRP-30-1-2015-248A (10)

King’s headmaster Frank Hedley said: “We have some real talent at this school and we desperately needed these facilities.”

The sports hall has a full-size basketball court, four mini courts which can be used for badminton, basketball and volleyball, two retractable cricket nets and a full size indoor football pitch. ​

Head of PE Nathan Whales was overwhelmed with the positive reaction to the new hall. He said: “A really nice thing about this facility is it opens up sport as an opportunity for a variety of people. We have always been very focused on team games such as rugby and cricket, but to now have the facility to offer niche and specific indoor sports we are able to access different people’s interests which is great.”

Construction on the hall next to the school’s Arnoldfield sports pitches began last May, three years after planning permission was approved, and was finished on December 23, 2014. The building cost about £736,000. Of this, £650,000 was provided by the Education Funding Agency, with the rest of the money raised by the school.

The King’s School has now entered a year 8, 10 and 11 basketball league for the first time. The school also has a badminton development officer coming in to coach after-school sessions, which was so oversubscribed, the school had to put on two sessions a week. They are also looking to do this for basketball, volleyball and handball next term.