Sir Philip Craven wants to turn Bolton into 'centre of sporting excellence'

The Bolton News: From front left, Sir Philip Craven, Sue Hinks, headteacher Bolton School Girls’ Division, Philip Britton, headteacher Bolton School Boys’ Division, back from left, Cllrs Kevin McKeon, Christopher Peacock, Anthony Connell, Cliff Morris, and Dave Single From front left, Sir Philip Craven, Sue Hinks, headteacher Bolton School Girls’ Division, Philip Britton, headteacher Bolton School Boys’ Division, back from left, Cllrs Kevin McKeon, Christopher Peacock, Anthony Connell, Cliff Morris, and Dave Single

PARALYMPICS chief Sir Philip Craven was back in his home town — fresh from the Winter Games, where he found himself embroiled in the Crimean crisis — to give his support to an ambitious bid to transform Bolton into a centre of sporting excellence.

Bolton School today unveiled its “aspirational plans” to develop its sporting facilities not only for its pupils, but for the community.

The bid was launched in front of special guests including Mr Craven, town hall chiefs, leading sports teachers and representatives from local sporting organisations, who were urged to get on board and become key partners.

The scheme, described by Bolton School as “intentionally ambitious” will, if successful, provide national standard hockey and lacrosse facilities; a centre of excellence for cricket and netball based on both outdoor surfaces; and a sports hall and pitches for recreation sport.

A sports hall, an astro-turf and all weather pitch also form part of the plans.

Mr Craven, a former Bolton School pupil, said this was another example of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics, which he says has developed in many communities.

He said: “I am honoured to be invited back. It is really exciting and it is about inspiring and exciting Bolton.

“The key thing is about having partnerships, which is not just about money, but about human partnerships and society partnerships.

“It is all the different groups coming together to work for a common cause — this is Bolton School going into the community and the community coming to Bolton School.

”Sport is about participating at any level, having fun and interacting.”

The launch was intended to gauge interest and get feedback on the plans.

Philip Britton, headteacher of the boys’ division, said the facilities would be “developed for all” and a partnership had already been struck up with Bolton Hockey Club.

He said: ”I am very pleased indeed with those who have attended. We have local partners and those from national sports bodies.

“We are a part of the community of Bolton and it is about moving Bolton forward, providing opportunities for the whole of Bolton.

”We hope to provide a catalyst and opportunity in terms of sort.”

Mr Britton added: “It gives me a sense of pride when former pupils return to the school.

"When they were here, the school must have made a difference to them, and after all these years, they still have a sense of loyalty to the past and the future of the school.”

Bolton Hockey Club president Mark Bailey has already teamed with up with the school to submit a “declaration of interest” to Sport England.

He said: “The club is based at Farnworth Cricket Club and we play across four pitches in Bolton.

“The club is growing and we have members aged from six to 70.

“We have members representing the England and playing at country level — there is much sporting excellence in Bolton — the young people and the coaches have earned the right to have something like this.”

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6:10pm Wed 2 Apr 14

soup153 says...

Fat chance
Fat chance soup153
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7:10pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Brumas says...

So, Sir Philip Craven wants to turn Bolton into 'centre of sporting excellence' if that is the case he had better start by whispering in the ear's Bolton MBC councillors pictured with him.
Namely about the two proposed planning applications for Horwich that are aiming to develop Open Recreation Space, the first at Bolton College, Victoria Road, Horwich, the second at the Green Lane playing Fields. The first at the Bolton College is a double folly, not only does the application propose to build on a Sports Field which is in contravention of Bolton MBC Protection of Recreational Space, Policy number O2, it also proposes to demolish the less than sixty year old college building.
The second at the Green Lane playing fields, may have a covenant in place protecting it from development plus again Policy O2. Which states, “The Council will not permit development that would result in the loss of, or damage to, recreational open space including parks, children’s play areas, playing fields, sports grounds, allotments and amenity open space. Exceptions to this policy may be permitted where:
Section (ii) the site is in need of significant improvement which can be secured by the development of a small part of the site, provided that this can be accommodated without adversely affecting the recreational, townscape or nature conservation value of the site.”
I hope he has more success than the voice of the local community, whom seemingly, as usual go unheeded.
So, Sir Philip Craven wants to turn Bolton into 'centre of sporting excellence' if that is the case he had better start by whispering in the ear's Bolton MBC councillors pictured with him. Namely about the two proposed planning applications for Horwich that are aiming to develop Open Recreation Space, the first at Bolton College, Victoria Road, Horwich, the second at the Green Lane playing Fields. The first at the Bolton College is a double folly, not only does the application propose to build on a Sports Field which is in contravention of Bolton MBC Protection of Recreational Space, Policy number O2, it also proposes to demolish the less than sixty year old college building. The second at the Green Lane playing fields, may have a covenant in place protecting it from development plus again Policy O2. Which states, “The Council will not permit development that would result in the loss of, or damage to, recreational open space including parks, children’s play areas, playing fields, sports grounds, allotments and amenity open space. Exceptions to this policy may be permitted where: Section (ii) the site is in need of significant improvement which can be secured by the development of a small part of the site, provided that this can be accommodated without adversely affecting the recreational, townscape or nature conservation value of the site.” I hope he has more success than the voice of the local community, whom seemingly, as usual go unheeded. Brumas
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9:48pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Lots of new events,

Petrol Bomb Throwing,

100 meters dash carrying a box of supermarket lager whilst being chased by a security guard,

Jumping over fences in shealtered accommodation

car racing with EU numberplates,

drunken boxing,
Lots of new events, Petrol Bomb Throwing, 100 meters dash carrying a box of supermarket lager whilst being chased by a security guard, Jumping over fences in shealtered accommodation car racing with EU numberplates, drunken boxing, Jim271
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