ON the opening day of the Olympic Games, Worthing High School heard it had been awarded £20,415 from Sport England.
The funding will be used to improve sports facilities at the South Farm Road school.
Karen Hayler, business manager, said: “Hearing this news on the opening day of the London 2012 Olympic Games is great for the school and will ensure our sporting facilities are improved for the benefit of current and future students.
“The total project costs are a little over £40,000 and match funding of £20,000 is being provided by the school and some of our partner organisations.
“We will be using the funding to resurface the school sports hall floor and also improve facilities on our artificial pitch which is on the site of the Glynn Owen Centre opposite the school.”
The money comes from the Inspired Facilities Fund which is part of the Places, People, Play, Sport England’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund which aims to bring the inspiration of the London 2012 Games to every community.
Ricky Beasley, the school’s community and facilities manager, said: “The school has many great sporting facilities and they are used not only by students in term time but by a wealth of community organisations in the evenings, weekends and holiday times.
“It is important that Worthing High School is seen as a community resource and we endeavour to make all our facilities available to local groups whenever we can.
“However, keeping the facilities up to the required standard with so much use is difficult to achieve so being awarded this grant is great.
“Although we do have many organisations already using our facilities, we are always keen to hear from others who might be interested in letting any of our halls, gym or pitches.”
Details of letting rates and how to make a booking can be found at www.worthinghigh.w-sussex.sch.uk