St Catherine's Opens Up Facilities To Community

Wednesday 6th September 2017

eastbourne buzz news - St Catherines Main Hall

A new partnership from an Eastbourne college will enable community groups to make use of its sports and performing arts facilities on evenings, weekends and during school holidays.

St Catherine’s College has joined forces with School Lettings Solutions (SLS) to manage its facilities and provide leisure venues for various activities, such as fitness classes, dance workshops and craft groups. 

SLS partners with schools, academies and colleges to fully manage their facilities at zero cost to the organisations, while linking them with local community groups in need of affordable space. 

The college will play host to activities, such as karate and fitness clubs. Groups can hire its facilities, which include an activity studio, dance studio, gymnasium and main hall, for regular classes or ad hoc events.

It is hoped the partnership will open up new opportunities to the college’s students, as well as people of all ages from around the area.

Madeleine Collett, head of finance and administration at St Catherine’s College, said, “We’re really excited to be opening up the college to the wider community. We’re proud of the facilities we offer our students, such as our activity and dance studios, and it makes sense to us that they are available to use during evenings and weekends as well.

“We’ve already got some great partners signed up to use our facilities, such as the Eastbourne Karate Club and the Shape Up Sussex group, and we’re looking forward to getting more on board. This can only be a positive thing for our students and people in the area.”

SLS currently works with more than 140 schools nationwide, helping them to make the best use of their facilities. It provides a fully managed service, including managing bookings and staffing the facilities to ensure rooms are secure and ready for the next school day. The business is expanding across the country and is looking to sign up schools in the East Sussex area, which are currently facing hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding cuts.

Paul Andrews, director of SLS, said, “It’s great to welcome St Catherine’s College as our latest partner. The academy has got some brilliant facilities and we’ve already had lots of booking enquiries. We’re passionate about ensuring people have access to opportunities that boost their health and wellbeing, so we’re keen to provide local groups with marketing support to make sure their clubs thrive and are well attended.

“There is huge potential to provide more places like this for people of all ages to come together, which will be really positive for the area. At the same time, our partnerships provide a new stream of income for schools as their budgets come under more and more pressure.”

To enquire about the facilities that are on offer, call 01323 306936 or email

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