9 December 2022
On Friday 2nd December, the Wothorpe Sports Centre, Kettering Road, Stamford was officially opened at the Stamford Endowed Schools. The new sports facility was opened by students from Stamford Junior School, Stamford High School and Stamford School, along with Principal Mr Will Phelan.
Work on the Kettering Road development began in July 2021 with the desire to expand the provision and opportunity for students across a wider range of sports and physical activities at both of our school sites. The Kettering Road site has long been a sports facility, formally known as the Millennium Pavilion and offering just one hockey pitch. Stamford Endowed Schools have created a contemporary facility with two new Astroturf pitches, four changing rooms and three studio suites for dance, Pilates, spin classes and general fitness.
Will Phelan, Principal of Stamford Endowed Schools, comments: “Wothorpe is a facility that compliments the other sports provision that we already have across the Stamford Schools’ estate, providing us with a wide range of resources for our students to use. We strive to grow and expand our offering for the benefit of our existing and future students and the provision now at Wothorpe allows us to do this.”
The Wothorpe Sports Centre offers a high specification provision for students of The Stamford Endowed Schools and is also open for use by local sports clubs already affiliated with the school. The project cost just over £6 million and was funded by Stamford Endowed Schools along with donations made by our generous alumni and wider Stamford community.
Stewart Dorey, Director of Estates and Facilities at Stamford Endowed Schools, adds: “The delivery of Wothorpe Sports Centre was particularly complex from a planning perspective. The Kettering Road site shares land boundaries with both Cambridgeshire and South Kesteven District Councils and we are grateful for the partnership with both sides to complete the project on time for the students to use. We also worked in collaboration with The Burghley Estate who have been instrumental in enabling the development to happen.”
Wothorpe Sports Centre was designed by Purcell Architects, Cambridge with landscape architects LDA Design and pitch consultants Surfacing Standards Ltd also adding to the project. Local business Orchard Builders led on the build with SIS providing the Astroturf.
Photo caption: Back row L-R Mark Nasey, Director of Sport and Performance at Stamford Endowed Schools with Will King, Agatha Pennell (captain of the 1st XI SHS hockey team, Nicholas Rudd-Jones Chair of Governors and Principal Will Phelan. Front row L-R: Ewan Fletcher and Oliva Peach from Stamford Junior School