Senior girls’ sports facility appeal

Our vision

Girls’ Sport at
Loughborough Endowed Schools

We are ambitious at Loughborough Endowed Schools – ambitious for each and every girl to find her own level in physical exercise. We aim to encourage and support each and every one to develop a habit of a healthy lifestyle while they are with us. A healthy lifestyle supports good mental well-being. Making regular physical exercise a part of everyday, we will help set a habit for a lifetime.

The benefits of being fit and healthy are well documented, as is the tendency for girls to decrease their activity levels from the age of 14 years. Studies have proven that keeping active aids concentration and performance in academic work. We understand how important it is for the girls to take time away from their studies to enjoy a dance class, or a hockey match, and our need to provide access to the right equipment and facilities.

We are very aware that what we offer to the girls now will help build their platform for life. Some of our pupils will go on to elite sport, but for the majority we aim to ensure that we produce girls confident in a range of activities, aware of their own responsibility for their physical health, and with soft skills such as teamwork, confidence and resilience, which will help them in later life.

Despite the lack of good indoors facilities, we have built a good reputation for sporting excellence, but we have ambitions to do more. The facilities will allow our teams to improve core strength, which improves performance. We will develop an Elite Sports programme to assist those showing promise, and promote pathways to regional, national and international competitions.

Ambitious? Yes – but with your help, we can complete the facility quickly and begin to widen our programme of healthy living and sporting achievement for all.

To find out how you can help click here.

“We aim to ensure that every single pupil has a chance to find something that they can either just enjoy or excel at.”
Gwen Byrom, Head, Loughborough High School

The plan

Our new Sports Facility is designed to be an exciting and accessible environment for members of our community to participate in sports and develop their skills and fitness.

Our current facilities will be developed in such a way to motivate our girls to get active and stay active for life.

Sports Hall

We are developing a significant multi-sports space which allows for simultaneous activities to take place.

With its own reception and changing area, this modern, flexible environment will appeal to all.

It will also provide a space for whole school and joint-school assemblies – a real challenge across the Foundation.

Fitness Suite

The fitness suite will contain a state-of-the art range of cardio, strength and group equipment.

This will offer flexibility and multiple exercise options to meet the needs of skills at all levels.

Girls will be encouraged to make use of these facilities before and after school and at lunchtimes.

Dance Studio

This large, light space will be used for a wide range of activities including dance and fitness classes.

With more options, we aim to ensure all our girls will discover a physical activity they enjoy, and create a habit for life.

Reception and new changing facilities

Updating the tired facilities will encourage our girls to use them more often.

Having a modern, professional entrance will create the right impression to visiting teams, giving LES the profile to match our sporting success.

Get set to
join our team

Get set to join our campaign

The Parents’ Associations have a long history of successfully raising funds for items that fees do not cover. With your help by supporting their events every year they have provided valuable resources throughout the schools.

This year the Parents’ Associations of LHS and OLCS are joining forces for their most challenging target yet. Their aim is to support the Foundation in providing all the equipment for the new, exciting, state of the art sports facility that our girls truly deserve.

With support from the LHS PA, OLCS PA, former pupils and staff we have raised a fantastic £28,000 which provides the equipment for the new build sports hall. Thank you to everyone who has supported an event or made a donation so far. Amazing! What a great start.

Following is a list of equipment we are fund raising for. Items start from as little as £30.

The Fitness Suite
Image for illustrative purposes only

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    2 Large electronic basketball nets attached to the ceiling. £3600 each
    4 Small basketball nets attached to the walls £600 each
    2 Netball nets attached to the side walls £120 each
    2 Indoor football goals posts with anchor points £420 each
    2 Indoor hockey goals £657 each
    8 Badminton posts £120 each
    4 Badminton nets (included above)
    2 Handball goals £870 each
    4 Table tennis tables £600 each
    2 Trampoline £3600 each
    2 or 4 Indoor volley ball net and posts (depending on size and direction) £600 each
    2 Netball posts £270 each
    2 Indoor tennis nets and posts £780 each
    1 Whiteboard £36 each
    1 Storecupboard £360 each
    1 Line marking for MSFT £1200 each
    Total £29,190
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    1 Noticeboard £36 each
    Lockers £3600 each
    1 Water filling station £1800 each
    Total £1,836
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    1 Wall fitted with 8ft Mirrors £6000 each
    1 Whiteboard £36 each
    Roll out floormats £840 each
    Total £6,036
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    5 Treadmills £7200 each
    5 Upright exercise bikes (Stairmaster Airfit) £3600 each
    4 Rowing machines £1200 each
    4 Elliptical cross trainers £7200 each
    1 Upper body ergometers (disability use) £6000 each
    1 Recumbent cycle (disability use) £6000 each
    Mats £2400 each
    2 Sets of Dumbells 2kg - 4kg 2 of each weight) £540 each
    1 Dumbells rack £360 each
    2 Olympic Bars £150 each
    Bench press facilities £600 each
    2 Bench £600 each
    1 Squat rack £600 each
    Floor to ceiling mirrors £6000 each
    1 Olympic Bar £150 each
    Weight plates (1.25 – 20kg – 2 of each plate) £720 each
    Steps/boxes £120.00 each
    Mats £300 each
    Frame – TRX bands attached £600 each
    Pulley machine £3600 each
    Kettle bells (3 – 14kg – 1 of each) £1080 each
    Medicine balls (4 – 10kg – 1 of each) £240 each
    Battle ropes £300 each
    1 Whiteboard £36 each
    1 Projector £3000 each
    1 Water filling station £15800 each
    Total £122,126
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    1 Interactive whiteboard £720 each
    1 Projector £3200 each
    1 Whiteboard £36 each
    Tables £300 each
    Chairs £300 each
    Total £3,956

Get set,
get involved

“The habit of sport is a gift for life. The gift of confidence, resilience, health and joy.”
Dr Julian Murphy, Headmaster, Our Lady’s Convent School


Bingo Night

9th March 2018

Time: 6.45pm
Venue: School Hall, Loughborough High School

Come and join the Parents’ Association for Bingo Night.

Tickets are £7.50 Adults and £5.00 Pupils, Children and Under 18s and includes a hot supper.  A licensed bar will be open all evening

Click here to book

Quiz and Curry Night

27th April 2018

Time: to be confirmed
Venue: School Hall, Our Lady’s Convent School

Join the Parents’ Association for this popular annual event which, this year, will include an Auction of Promises.

More information and booking

Festival of Sport

September (date to be confirmed)

An exciting series of events with competitions, exhibitions and master classes.

More information coming soon

Company Sponsorship

If you want to associate your successful company’s brand with our girls’ outstanding sporting successes, then consider sponsoring a piece of equipment. Your company’s name will be mounted on the chosen piece, and your company will have an entry in our donor thanks communications. This will reach parents, alumni and others across the Foundation.

We would love you to share in and improve upon our successes and help us to equip this new state-of the-art facility, in order that our girls can utilise the space to its maximum potential, undertake independent personal fitness training around school hours and participate in an even broader range of activities.

We require a vast range of items at all price-levels to fit out the sports centre, meaning that everyone can play a part in contributing to the project, regardless of budget. If you would like to sponsor the purchase of a specific piece of equipment or area within the facility, we would be pleased to discuss naming opportunities for your company.

Sporting achievements

Loughborough High School

– U14 Hockey and Netball teams are County Champions 2017, qualifying for the national Netball championships.
– U14 Badminton team are County Champions 2017
– U13 Rounders team are County Champions 2017. Junior and Senior Cross Country teams are County Champions 2017
– U12/U13/U14/U16 Football teams are North Leicestershire winners 2017
– U13/U15/U17 Athletics teams are Area Champions 2017

Our Lady’s Convent School

– Table tennis team were North Charnwood winners in Team Leicestershire, and County Finalist 2017
– U13 Netball team were ISA national finalists 2017
– KS4 girls were Charnwood Cheerleading Champions 2016, with KS3 girls coming second
– Y10 Netball team came first in the Charnwood Netball tournament 2014 and 2nd in the league
– Y8s reached the finals of the U13 Regional Netball tournament 2016

Individual success

– Lucy Jones (OLCS) was U17 County Cross Country Champion 2016; Senior Leicestershire and Rutland Schools CC Champion; U17 Women’s Midland CC Champion, and competed at national level.
– Laura Mullin (LHS) Senior CC Champion; selected for English schools
– Ashleigh Howells and Elizabeth Bedwell (LHS) Y12 and 13 British Schools Orienteering Champions
– Olivia Hackney (LHS) competing ant National level in Gymnastics
– Michaela Glenister (LHS) European Youth Champion Swimming …and many more in Athletics, Karate, Triathalon and Dance.


The Development Office Team
Loughborough Endowed Schools, Buckland House, Burton Walks, Loughborough LE11 2DU

Tel. 01509 638 920
Email. [email protected]

  • £28,000 raised by the LHS PA, OLCS PA, Former Pupils and Staff to buy all the Sports Hall equipment
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  • £100 from a former pupil
  • £800 from an anonymous donor
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