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Barry high school given sports facility boost

06 September 2021

A high school in Barry is celebrating after receiving cash to help revamp its indoor sports facility.

St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School has been gifted £1,000 from Persimmon Homes East Wales as part of our Building Futures campaign. Building Futures will deliver more than £1m to good causes this year.

The school, which has 820 pupils, will use the windfall to improve its sports barn.

Dave Blackwell, headteacher at the school, said: “We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes for this tremendous support. The school has a strong educational and sporting history, with students academically achieving. In sport the students achieve top honours in basketball, football and rugby, with many individuals achieving county and international honours.

“Our indoor sporting facility needs regenerating. This money will help us to improve its appearance internally and externally.”

Building Futures aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health and sport. A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.

Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in November. In each sector – education & arts, health and sport – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Victoria Williams, sales director at Persimmon Homes East Wales, said: “I love our Building Futures scheme and the way it allows us to support so many good causes across the country. I’m sure the pupils at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School will be delighted to see these facilities improved.”

We are currently building stunning apartments at Haven Point in Barry.

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