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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 05:14 GMT 06:14 UK
School bids to be sports college
Whitgift School in Grimsby has secured backing to bid for specialist sports college status with funding from a Shoreline Housing Partnership grant.

Status would guarantee funding over the next four years and allow the school to develop a high quality sports complex.

It would also expand local provision of sports and recreational facilities.

Shoreline's grant of 35,000 will help the school secure a further 100,000 from the Youth Sport Trust to make its bid.

The sports college aims to raise standards and achievement in physical education, provide coaching, training and leadership qualifications and become a focus centre for initiative training and development.

Activities would focus on team sports and developing a healthy lifestyle and provide young people with somewhere to go by opening facilities up to the wider community.

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