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Bid for £3m disabled sports hub at college

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

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A rural community could be provided with a new £3 million sports hub, which could be used for national disabled sporting events.

South Dartmoor Community College and Ashmoor Sports Centre have come together for a bid, under Sport England's Iconic Facilities banner, which would see the development built on the college grounds in Ashburton.

The vision is to provide a floodlit, sand-dressed all weather pitch to cater for a consortium of South Devon hockey clubs, including the Ashmoor and Dart clubs, with spectator provision.

It would also house an indoor disability centre of excellence comprising fully accessible sports hall, with permanent seating for 250, eight accessible changing rooms and two community and coach education rooms.

It is hoped such a centre would attract a wide range of disability sports in the region, such as boccia, goalball, wheelchair rugby and basketball and sitting volleyball. The design of the facility will allow regional and national competitions to take place.

The plans are to be submitted to Sport England on December 17, with a decision made around three months later.

If the bid is not successful, SDCC and the ASC will still look to work towards providing the facilities with a three-phase project requiring private investment.

Chris Daniel, South Dartmoor Community College's community sports development manager, said: "An Indoor Disability Sports Centre for the South West is an ideal way to ensure the legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic games comes to our region."

Steve Dinnie, South Dartmoor Community College's director of sport, added: "The Olympics and Paralympics have been truly inspirational and these facilities are evidence of the legacy in action."

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