VIDEO - Carre’s takes over new-look sports hall

Cricket legend Matthew Hoggard visited Sleaford to officially launch the revamped Northgate Sports Hall as it also comes under new management.

Previously run by a management company for North Kesteven District Council, Carre’s Grammar School has taken over the facility.

England cricketer Matthew Hoggard talks candidly to Carre's PE students about his career in the new look Northgate Sports Hall. EMN-140916-132233001

England cricketer Matthew Hoggard talks candidly to Carre's PE students about his career in the new look Northgate Sports Hall. EMN-140916-132233001

It will operate it on behalf of the council in a new partnership.

In a ceremony on Friday, the keys were handed to head teacher Nick Law after a six-week refurbishment of the 20-year-old facility at a cost of £112,000 to the council.

Mr Law said the school wanted to be much more a part of the community.

Public sector contractors Robert Woodhead did the renovation work, installing brand-new changing facilities, new cricket nets and national standard basketball markings.

The facility will now also introduce Futsal, a Brazilian variant to football played on a smaller field, or indoors.

The sports hall will continue to be available for public use outside school hours.

To celebrate, former England cricketer and Leicestershire captain Hoggard revisited the hall, just months after attending a world record attempt.

He led a student coaching session and candidly chatted about highs and lows of his career - even dips into depression. Commenting on the new facilities he said: “It’s fantastic, very light. They have changed the nets around and you can actually see the ball now. It is a place where you want to spend a lot of time and enjoy yourself. It is about giving the kids the opportunity to progress in whatever sport they want to do.”

NKDC chief executive Ian Fytche said it was an improved community offer, coupled with the school’s all-weather pitch and gym.

He added: “Those who remember the changing rooms before will see it is absolutely fantastic what has been achieved and to be able to attract some of the top clubs and development programmes that go along with that is fantastic for the school and others to benefit.”