A primary school teacher with a passion for fitness and wellbeing has launched a campaign calling for derelict land in Gedling to be transformed into a community sports site.
Carlton resident Nathan Kenney thinks land that formally housed the Gedling School on Wollaton Avenue would be the perfect site for for new 3G pitches, sports hall and fitness suite that could be used by the community.
The Sherwood E-Act Academy, as it was later called, closed in 2016 and the site has stood derelict ever since..
Mr Kenney told Gedling Eye: “Nottinghamshire County Council plan to sell the site to developers despite the number of new housing developments in the local area.
“Having grown up in Gedling I fully understand the needs and wants of the local community and the frustrations people feel in watching a site we all feel attached to sit in ruins. The local community would love nothing more than to see the site put to community use.
“The Football Foundation and National Lottery as well as Gedling Borough Council have funding available for such projects.
“I am a local primary school teacher whose passion is for sports and well-being. I graduated Nottingham Trent University with a first-class degree in sports and leisure and education with an inclusion focus. I also run a local football coaching club called Mapperley All-Stars and we coach over 300 local children and adults from the age of tqo. Some of my sessions include weight loss sessions and sessions for mental health.
“My plan would be to turn the green space that is already there to 3G football pitches and also build an indoor facility complete with sports hall and fitness and well-being suite similar to the one that was there previously.
“With the increasing need for health and well-being due to the pandemic, now would be a perfect time to invest in Gedling – especially with the millions of pounds already being invested into the area in the form of new housing.”
Mr Kenney has now created an online petition which he hopes will convince authorities to go ahead with his sports site plan..
He added: “Please help to get behind this and show your support.
“I would love to see the local community using that space in such a positive manner I would also promise to stay true to the schools past and have reminders up around the site showcasing the school’s history.”
Gedling Eye has contacted Nottinghamshire County Council for comment.
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