An appeal has been launched to replace an ageing community sports hall floor.
The floor at the Longridge Sports and Arts Centre, which is based within the high school on Preston Road, is used by hundreds of school pupils throughout the day during term time and around 400 members of the community outside school hours each week.
The granwood-concrete floor, which is believed to be more than 30-years-old, has been in urgent need of a new cushioned surface for at least the past two years. Headteacher Jane Green said: “The floor needs to be upgraded using the latest materials as the current floor can be quite unforgiving as it is a very hard surface.”
Outside school hours the hall is frequented and supported by both sporting and non sporting organisations.
Groups using the venue include Longridge Town Football Club, Longridge Cricket Club; Longridge Netball Club, the drama, dance and music school “Stage For School;” the OJ’s charity for holiday clubs; martial arts; badminton and five-a-side and tiny tots football.
Mrs Green said the high school and the Longridge Sport and Arts Centre Development Group have been fund raising towards the cost of the new surface which is estimated as being in the region of £60,000.
So far they have generated £20,000 through fund raising and donations.
Events have included a whole school sponsored walk, a sports awards evening, cake sales, a presentation evening organised by Longridge Netball Club and a grant of £5,000 from Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The next fundraiser being planned is a major one and is a Golf Day at Longridge Golf Club.
Caroline Bridge, extended schools and community manager, said they are all hoping this will raise a substantial amount towards their finaltarget.
The day, which has attracted ten teams from mainly local businesses to date, needs 28 teams and is being organised by Longridge professional Steve Taylor.
The competition is a “Texas Scramble” with four people making up each team and entry fees are £200 per team, including all course fees, a lunch and evening meal for each player.
It is also hoped to hold a raffle and auction, to further boost funds.
Anyone who would like to enter a team at the golf day is asked to contact Longridge High School on 01772 782316 or email email@example.com.