Investment enables Rossall to expand as a school and as a business
Banking group HSBC UK has made a multimillion-pound investment in a Fleetwood independent day and boarding school to fund new sporting facilities for pupils.
Rossall School will build on its history of sporting excellence with a state-of-the-art sports centre that will house the North West’s first indoor hockey facility, a four-lane 50m sprint track, a long jump track, gym and a viewing gallery.
The facility will also be open for the wider community groups to use, including League One football team Fleetwood Town FC, further cementing the Rossall School’s connections with the region.
As well as providing first-class sporting facilities for existing pupils, it is expected that the new centre will raise the profile of Rossall School at a national and international level.
School leaders are anticipating that the school’s current growth in pupil numbers will continue over forthcoming years.
Following several years of planning and fundraising, work began on the project in August 2018. The centre is due to be finalised this month.
Rossall headmaster Jeremy Quartermain said: “The funding we received from HSBC UK has enabled us to realise our plans and keep this superb project on schedule.
“It is one of the school’s most significant developments to date and our ambitious commitment to improving every aspect of the Rossall’s facilities is already enhancing our profile, both locally and overseas.”
Jane Vila, HSBC UK relationship director for Lancashire & Cumbria, said: “It has been hugely insightful to see Rossall flourish as a both a centre of academic and sporting excellence, and a business.
“The school is focused resolutely on the future with its clear strategic development plan and commitment to ensuring it has strong foundations upon which it can continue to develop.”
Ian Robinson, HSBC UK director of public sector and education, added: “We are delighted to support Rossall School in achieving their ambitions with such a fantastic facility which will benefit the school, its students and the local community now and long into the future.”
Established in 1844, Rossall has a long history of sporting excellence.
Sports alumni include England Rugby Union captain Peter Winterbottom, Premier hockey club player Jacob Draper, Lancashire cricket player Toby Lester, and England and Lancashire cricketer Nigel David Howard.