A Chester school will soon have a new sports and teaching pavilion and all weather pitch.

Abbey Gate College has secured planning permission for the buildings at their home at Saighton Grange.

Chair of governors David Weir announced the news at the school’s recent speech day and prize giving.

The pavilion will accommodate flexible changing facilities, a multi-use teaching area, a fully equipped gym and training room along with a small kitchen area. The full size all weather pitch will provide a year-round facility.

College pupils will not be the only beneficiaries of the new facilities as the plan is to open it to local sports clubs and primary schools as well as host a larger number of sporting fixtures.

Abbey Gate College have secured planning permission for a new all weather pitch at Saighton Grange

Head of PE Chris Cutler said: “This facility will make a huge difference to the PE department - the amount of all year round PE teaching time will be significantly increased, will vastly improve training and coaching opportunities, and we’re looking forward to welcoming schools and sports clubs from our local community too.”

Headteacher Tracy Pollard said: “We are so thrilled to have gained planning permission for this exciting new development and look forward to progressing quickly with the build. Not only will this address the pressing need to improve sports facilities on offer at Abbey Gate College, it will further encourage and support a lifelong involvement in sport.”

The development will cost in the region of £1million, and alongside applying for relevant grants, reaching out the foundations and investigating sponsorship activities, the school will shortly be launching a capital appeal to help raise funds for the project.