All Saints Catholic High

All Saints Catholic High had very limited sporting facilities until 2006 when it opened a new Sports Centre and external 5-a-side complex

The project was funded by the school, the Big Lottery and 'Goals' (a commercial football organisation). The local authority providing the impetus for the project and the Diocese contributed the land.

In 2011 the school were fortunate to be part of a BSF (Building Schools for the Future) combined scheme which involved the relocation of Seven Hills to the site. This capital programme enabled All Saints Catholic High to benefit from a mixture of new build and refurbished teaching accommodation and additional shared facilities including a swimming pool and dance and performance spaces.

We are proud of our work with the local community, who have access to high quality coaching

The All Saints Sports Centre operates as a school during the day, and a community sports centre during the evenings, weekends and school holidays (as does the commercial football organisation Goals, who operate the outdoor pitches). It has been in operation for eight years and most of the year is full to capacity, with strong and well established relationships with its Key User Clubs.

Facilities

The Sports Centre includes:

Sports Hall - 8 Badminton court sized with show court/ bleacher seating for events
Sports Hall - 4 Badminton court sized
Classroom/clubroom 
Lounge/bar (operated by 'Goals')
Sensory Room
Changing rooms with lockers. (4 large team sized changing rooms accommodating 20 adults in each. 2 smaller official changing rooms. 2 additional team changing rooms for Goals customers. 2 large disabled toilets and changing).
Therapy room
Weight Conditioning room
Large Reception area (managed by 'Goals')
Staffroom for the School and Sports Centre staff
Large indoor store and outdoor storage container.

Types of community users

The Sports Centre includes:

Sports Hall - 8 Badminton court sized with show court/ bleacher seating for events
Sports Hall - 4 Badminton court sized
Classroom/clubroom 
Lounge/bar (operated by 'Goals')
Sensory Room
Changing rooms with lockers. (4 large team sized changing rooms accommodating 20 adults in each. 2 smaller official changing rooms. 2 additional team changing rooms for Goals customers. 2 large disabled toilets and changing).
Therapy room
Weight Conditioning room
Large Reception area (managed by 'Goals')
Staffroom for the School and Sports Centre staff
Large indoor store and outdoor storage container.

Management model

All Saints Sports Trust (ASSERTS) is a registered charity that is responsible for the day to day running of the indoor facilities at All Saints Sports Centre. The Trustees include the Diocese, the School, the local authority (education department) and the Key User Clubs. The role of the Trust is to ensure the Sports Centre remains financially viable, meets it's targets and fulfils the requirements stipulated by the original Sports Lottery grant.

The Trust employs a part time Project Manager – whose background is from Sports Development but who was previously a key user volunteer and is still involved as a volunteer 

Coach and Treasurer of the Sheffield Basketball Club. This experience means that she has a useful insight into the issues and requirements of the Key User Clubs. The Trust also employs just one full time Sports Centre Senior Technician, supported by a small team of casual Sports Technicians and Cleaners who are generally recruited from the Key User clubs (all of these posts are funded by the Trust but paid and managed via the school).
'Goals' lease the land which accommodates their ten 5-a-side All Weather Pitches (AWPs), and the school have exclusive use of these facilities during the school day.

"The Project Manager is the glue that holds everything together"

'Goals' were originally contracted to manage the indoor facilities as well as the AWPs, but this was not a successful model so the school through the Trust have now taken this role on. 'Goals' manage the reception in the Sports Centre for their commercial use from 5pm and Sports Centre staff operate from a community office in the centre.

Representatives from the Key User Clubs attend a Key User Management Group which meets regularly with the Project Manager to discuss any issues and help steer the programme. Key User Clubs benefit from a preferential fee and long term use agreement with the school.

Making it work

Design

The Sports Centre is a stand alone building but is situated just five yards away from the main school, with its own designated car parking area. The Centre has the advantage of being fully integrated with the school, but also can be opened and operated independently from the main school building.
Commercial 'Goals' customers access through the same entrance as the Key User Clubs, but with hindsight, it would have been more suitable for 'Goals' to operate from a totally separate reception, entrance and bar.

The two Sports Halls (one double size with spectator seating) provides the trust with lots of flexibility and the opportunity to run large events/fixtures and accommodate a wide range of activities. It also means they can carry out any necessary maintenance on one hall whilst the other is in still in operation.

The theory and coaching room has viewing and access directly into the hall which is beneficial from a training and development perspective. Each Key User Club has their own lockable storage cupboard in this space which enables them to have a permanent base and store equipment.

The school have introduced wireless networks retrospectively into the practical spaces so they are ICT enabled for curriculum and club use.

FinancialsThe utility bills, staffing (which is kept to a minimum) and cleaning costs are paid for by the Trust. The majority of maintenance costs are paid for out of the school funds. All regular users whether key user or otherwise pay on account on a monthly basis to guarantee regular cash flow and avoid accumulation of debt. Other community users pay on the night which enables the trust to first collect the money in from their participants. 

There are three rates of hire:

1) Key Users preferential rate - this long term, guaranteed booking arrangement comes with responsibilities regarding commitment to offer coaching for students, support the community development programme, training for staff (in the case of trampoline health/safety) and taking care of the facilities (see Resource).

2) Development rate - this is a slightly higher rate than the key user clubs but still involving clubs who have relationship with the school. This includes Sports Camps eg GB Women – volleyball, England Basketball, Regional Performance, Club Training Camps, SSP School Holiday Camps/Playshcemes, Disability Sports Camps. 

3) Commercial rate - for commercial leagues, private 'pay and play'. These users help to subsidise community development.
The Trust ensure a balance is achieved between the three types of users in line with the original Sports Lottery Funding and the Trust’s Community Objectives.

Ethos

All Saints High School is a highly inclusive school which values its integration with Seven Hills Special School. The two schools share a Head teacher, reception, swimming pool, dining area and assembly hall. There is an integrated sixth form and a joint staff room. This provides a unique learning community and the Sports Centre reflects and embraces this ethos by providing an accessible community venue.

The school request that their clubs follow the ethical and moral guidelines of a Catholic school by maintaining positive relationships and demonstrating fairness to all. All the Key User Clubs have an equal opportunity policy and also, where possible, a hardship fund for those children who cannot afford club membership.

Policies and Agreements

The Key User Clubs must sign a Key User Agreement (see Resource Bank) which is a long term contract with the Trust. The agreement outlines their responsibilities in return for their preferential rate and priority access to the facilities for all year round core use.

There is a safeguarding policy for the Sports Centre and all clubs using the facilities hold Clubmark and are NGB affiliated so have their own public liability insurance. The Sports Centre also has it's own public liability insurance as part of the school. 

Sustainability

The Trust’s Key User arrangement provides clubs with the confidence and continuity to enable them to sustain and develop their activity.This means that from September to May there is an intensive programme of activity where the Sports Centre is full to capacity. June to August is a quieter period which enables more 'pay and play' activity to take place, as a 'taster' to the focus sports at the centre and an introduction to the club activity. A range of community development programmes and events also take place.

Environmental Sustainability

Three years ago a commercial company installed 50kw solar panels on the Sports Centre roof and in return they take the annual profit from the panels but the centre benefits from half price electricity.

"Education and business do not always match and this can cause 
friction at a management level"

The Sport Centre also operates a recycling programme for the large number of plastic bottles that are used which has dramatically reduced the amount of rubbish accumulated, therefore cutting down on refuse collection costs.
The school's energy is provided by a 'local heating' system which is powered from a local incinerator burning Sheffield's waste.


Challenges

  • The model that the Trust operates means that there is a significant amount of income and expenditure that passes through their accounts. This makes it difficult for the Trust to access some areas of funding, as these often come with restrictions on the amount of “business” that passes through their statement of accounts.
  • With hindsight, the school would have taken a different route and entered into a partnership with an organisation that did not have commercial priorities. Although the Trust and 'Goals' staff generally work well together at an operational level, it is a challenge to continually run an education and community facility alongside this type of commercial organisation.

Benefits

  • The long term relationship with Key User Clubs has nurtured some exceptional PE/Sport students and junior clubs performing at national level. The Basketball Academy has also been instrumental in attracting student athletes to their sixth form.
  • Disabled students from Seven Hills benefit from accessible facilities and high quality coaching with no transport issues (removing some of the key barriers to participation). One of their coaches has just been appointed as Head Coach to the Next GB Special Olympic Basketball Squad.
  • The Sports Centre has contributed to the school's unique reputation in Sheffield as a Centre of Excellence for Club Sport and Education which is well publicised and as a result they are over subscribed.
  • The Sports Centre has good links with local primary schools, therefore, new pupils are often already familiar with the setting as they have attended sports activities on site. For example, the Hotshots Primary Basketball Programme which is delivered by the Project Manager in conjunction with the Key User Basketball Club and students at the Basketball Academy.

Top Tips

1) Be careful when choosing your partners particularly long-term ones, select those that have a similar ethos and attitude/values to your own organisation. Where possible run pilot schemes or trial periods to see how it works on a practical basis.
2) Approach stakeholders and funding partners from like-minded organisations.
3) Work with clubs that have good track records, are sustainable, NGB affiliated, accredited and have a commitment to junior development.

Contact Details

Loraine Gayle
All Saints Sports Centre Project Manager
Email: l.gayle@allsaintslearning.co.uk
www.allsaintssportscentre.com

School Profile 

Type: Academy converter Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11-18 Size: 1244 and Community Users: 1200 per week (approx.)
Religious Character: Catholic Location: Inner City, Sheffield
Management Model: Direct Management by School Trust (also working with a third party commercial provider)

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