Chichester High School to lease sports centre to gymnastics club

Astronaut Tim Peake, a former pupil, pictured outside the sports centre carrying his name with pupils on a visit
Astronaut Tim Peake, a former pupil, pictured outside the sports centre carrying his name with pupils on a visit

The high school is proposing a deal to sub-lease its sports centre to a Chichester gymnastics club.

The Chichester Olympic Gymnastic Club hopes to take over the Tim Peake Sports and Conference Centre, subject to approval from the county council, the landlord, and the Education Funding Agency, it is understood on a ten-year lease.

Chichester High School executive principal Yasmin Maskatiya said both parties would benefit. She said: “The Chichester Olympic Gymnastic Club will have access to excellent facilities enabling them to expand their offer.

“The School will have access to high quality gymnastics equipment, specialist classes and will derive an income from the arrangement.

The boys and girls high school merged in September 2016 and it is understood the school no longer sees the need for full use of the two gyms on the Kingsham Avenue school site.

Chichester Olympic Gymnastics Club has been based at the sports centre for a number of years, hiring it out each night of the week, and this year celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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