Green light for extensive new sports facilities

Image of the proposed new sports field

We are delighted to announce that Homerton College has today, in partnership with St Mary’s School, Cambridge, received planning permission to substantially regenerate the school’s sports ground, located on Long Road, for the benefit of the students of both Homerton and St Mary’s School.

The redevelopment will include a range of enhancements to the existing provision including two new AstroTurf pitches for hockey, rugby and football; new netball and tennis courts; athletics facilities comprising a grass running track and field events facilities; practice nets for all ball sports; a new pavilion, including physio room, kitchen, and changing facilities; and floodlighting.

These extensive developments, located very close to Homerton, will greatly expand the range and quality of sporting facilities available to students.

The decison is exciting news for Homerton and St Mary’s School, but will also have a wider benefit for the local community. In support of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy, the facility will be available extensively for community use. Space for organised sport is extremely limited in the city centre and the growing need for sports facilities cannot be met by the current resources. By extending the use of the redeveloped grounds, both the school and the College hope that this will provide a much-needed additional resource for the people of Cambridge, as well as the students.

Of the Long Road development Homerton’s Bursar, Deborah Griffin OBE, said:

“This is great news for Homerton students and for St Mary’s School – it’s increasingly important for student wellbeing that they have a focus in their lives besides academic work.  The partnership between Homerton and St Mary’s has been very productive for our institutions, and the proposal adds an important new facility for Cambridge community use."

Headmistress of St Mary’s School and Vice-President of the Girls’ School Association, Charlotte Avery, said:

“We are delighted that our sports fields will be developed to continue to keep young people fit and healthy for decades to come, and to be working in partnership with Homerton College on this venture. The fact that the wider community will also benefit from this redevelopment is of great importance to us.”