Official Opening Of Windlesham Sports Complex
Windlesham House School’s new state-of-the art new sports complex was recently opened by 5 times Olympian Mark Foster.
The children were treated to a masterclass by Mark Foster. They were enthralled by it and you could have heard a pin drop. He spoke about what and who inspired him, one of whom was Duncan Goodhew, an Olympian and Windlesham Alumni.
Mark, an Olympic Swimmer, said “I am blown away but the fantastic sports centre at Windlesham”, he went on to tell the children to “Dream big because you can be what you want to be”. The children were truly motivated by Mark’s visit and their outstanding new sports facility. When asked why the new sports centre would make such a difference some of the children said “We are really happy about the new sports centre because it is a huge upgrade to what we have had and it will make competitions and galas so much more exciting”.
Richard Foster, Windlesham Headmaster, thanked parents and alumni saying, “We have been able to fund this amazing complex partly through the very generous donations made by parents and alumni, without whom, we wouldn’t be standing here.”
This is a Landmark year for Windlesham who celebrated their 180th anniversary and 50 years of being the first Co-Ed Prep School – leading the way then and now. Our previous swimming pool was built over 80 years ago, although leading the way for a prep school in 1930 and launching the swimming career of Olympian swimmer Duncan Goodhew, the time had come for a new one. The new 25 metre pool has 6 lanes and will be used for galas and recreational swimming. It features the latest energy saving technology and water filtration system.
We now also have a dedicated sports hall which accommodates, hockey, netball, tennis, football and badminton and is acoustically ahead of its time. Both the swimming pool and sports hall have generous viewing galleries. The sports complex has been designed in sympathy with its environment in The South Downs. With its ‘living roof’ it is barely detectable from the sky. This groundbreaking development complements the recently built astro pitch which is used both in the day and evenings. These sporting developments are set to ensure that Windlesham remains one of the country’s most innovative, happy and inspirational prep schools.
We continue to be forward thinking, looking at how we can improve our facilities, ensuring Windlesham children have access to the best opportunities, a wonderful experience, exceptional academics, pastoral care and a broad rounded education that inspires. Over the next few months, we will be working with partners and the local community to maximize the use and benefit to the local area of these amazing facilities.
With the new pool and sports hall complete the theatre can be used exclusively for the performing arts, an area we are also renowned for, nurturing actors and performers such as Sir Michael Hordern, Adam Buxton, Noah Huntley and Tamsin Merchant.
Windlesham House School
Address: Washington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4AY
Telephone: 01903 874700