Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    Specialist sports college boasts new stadium

    15/11/2011 12:00 AM
    • $4million elite sports stadium for Darling Range Sports College
    • State’s only specialist sports college also to receive oval upgrade

    A world-class sports stadium, built to elite competition standard, has been built at Darling Range Sports College.


    The $4million facility, which features a sprung timber floor imported from Germany, accommodates a range of sports such as netball, basketball and indoor soccer.


    Opening the new air-cooled stadium officially today, Education Minister Liz Constable said the project enhanced the school’s status as the only specialist sports college in the State.


    Dr Constable said the indoor stadium, which was located next to the existing swimming pool, also provided spectator seating for up to 250 people.


    “Students have been enjoying the fantastic features that have been included in the design, such as the fitness centre and physiotherapy room,” she said.


    “The school is seeking to build partnerships with elite sporting clubs to use the facilities after school hours.


    “It is already used by WA Netball to train some of their State squads.


    “This in turn benefits the school’s netball program - already known as one of the best in the State - by exposing students to competition-level training and coaching.”


    A further $305,000 in State Government funding was being spent to re-turf the school oval, to complement the rest of the school’s high quality sporting facilities.


    “The school has also been provided with $150,000 for the upgrade of extraction systems in the design and technology building,” the Minister said.


    “The Government is committed to providing quality school environments for Western Australia’s public school students and this is another example of state-of-the-art facilities being built in public schools.”


          Fact File

    • The State Government has allocated $578million for capital improvements and works to public schools across WA in the 2011-12 financial year

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