As part of the city’s ongoing investment in sports facilities, a brand new, 2G sand pitch will be installed for both school and community use with modern flood lighting to ensure that it can be used all year round.
While it will primarily be suitable for hockey, it will also be used for other sports and for the day-to-day PE needs of SDCC.
Meanwhile, a smaller rubber-crumb 3G surface will also be built for use for football and contact rugby training and will replace the standing 20 year-old artificial surface.
An improved grass playing pitch is also part of the overall offering.
The plans complement the work already underway to transform the former Brickfields Sports Centre into a new community health and wellbeing hub that will be operated by the Argyle Community Trust.
As promised when that project plans were announced, money was ring-fenced to provide improved hockey facilities.
Over the past six months, the Council and its partners have been working with representatives from the hockey community to identify a new site for the sport in the west of the city with SDCC selected as the best location.
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Sport, Leisure and HR, said: “The plans for these new facilities look really impressive and will provide a fantastic base for numerous sports from across the city.
“Stoke Damerel Community College have a very good track record in providing and running sports for the public and so we look forward to working in partnership to deliver these new facilities for the benefit of residents and students. ”
Dan Cole, Senior Assistant Headteacher of Stoke Damerel Community College, said: “We are thrilled to announce continued investment with the building of our state-of-the-art sports facilities at Stoke Damerel Community College.
“These facilities will allow us to build upon our current PE and sport provision within the College, whilst also offering opportunities that extend far into our local community.
“We are excited to watch the impact of these facilities and how they help to inspire and empower our students and the wider community to reach for new heights of excellence. Together, we are building a brighter and more promising future for all.”
A planning application will be submitted later this year.