KELLYVILLE High School is the latest school to put up its hand to be part of a council pilot program that could see local sports clubs make use of school sports fields.
“We’ll do everything we can to accommodate sporting groups around The Sydney Hills,” The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said.
Council recommended Kellyville High be part of its 12-month pilot on Tuesday following negotiations with principal Justina Barnier.
The school has a single playing field which has been suggested for use as a junior training field.
“We would like to have four schools in the trial . . . that would give us enough feedback,” council’s customer services group manager Mark Stanton said.
To date, Crestwood High School in Baulkham Hills and William Clarke College inKellyville have signed Deeds of Agreement with the council which will contribute to the cost of ground preparation undertaken by the schools.
Ground allocation begins in November. Clubs that have expressed interest in using the grounds are:
■ Crestwood High: Hills District Junior Rugby League (Hills Bulls), summer and winter seasons; and
■ William Clarke:Magpies AFL,Hills Barbarians and Rouse Hill Rams (cricket) in summer and Hills Football from January, including winter.
Cr Andrew Jefferies said he’d like to see many more schools involved to “take some of the pressure of four facilities”.
As with most NSW council areas, there aren’t enough sports fields to cater for the growing number of players and clubs participating in winter and summer sports.
“It’s great to see that so many residents are living a fit and healthy life; the consequence is that there aren’t enough grounds to go around,” Cr Byrne said.
She encouraged all school principals to contact the council “if they think their grounds could help serve the community”.
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