AN ANDOVER school has received a donation of more than £10,000 to improve its sports facilities.

Harrow Way Community School has been chosen by Jamie G Sporting Trust to receive£11,922.81 towards new electronic basketball hoops and four large gymnastics mats to cover the whole floor of its gym.

With the basketball hoops installed, the schools Physical Education (PE) department can now utilise a full court within its basketball lessons. It has also started a basketball club with more than 60 student members, and is able to offer full court hire to other groups after school and at the weekends.

The gymnastic mats will be used in next year's revamped PE curriculum, and staff hope to start a gymnastics club, something many students have already shown an interest in.

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Calum Briggs, head of PE at Harrow Way, said: "We are delighted to work with the Jamie G Sporting Trust. They have allowed us to further enrich the lives of our students by being able to offer a wider range of activities within the curriculum and after school.

“We are all very pleased with the new equipment and the donation is hugely appreciated."

The Jamie G Sporting Trust was founded in 2009 in memory of young Andover sportsman Jamie Gentleman, who died just days before his 14th birthday due to an undetectable heart condition. It aims to continue bringing sporting opportunities to young people in Andover and the surrounding area.

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