Dearne Valley College archery champion points the way for new fitness centre

Dearne Valley College archery champion points the way for new fitness centre

An Olympic hopeful was on target at the opening of a college’s new fitness centre.

Archery World Championship medal winner Amy Oliver (24), from Swinton, who hopes to compete at London 2012 Olympic Games, officially opened the new extended fitness facilities at Dearne Valley College (DVC).

Amy, a former DVC student, was on hand with current students, staff, contractors and invited guests to unveil the plush new centre. After securing £225,000 of funding, O&P Construction Services Limited completed the extension works in July, designed by Globe Architects.

The extension works included a single storey extension to house extra gym equipment and a free weights area. The College secured the Renewal Grant allocation funding for capital projects from the Skills Funding Agency to which the college added £450,000.

The grant allocation was also used to replace the roof to an area known as The Street, which is a main thoroughfare through college. Paul Townsley, DVC principal and chief executive, said: “We are delighted Amy has taken the time out of her busy training schedule and commitments to visit our facilities.

“The extension to the sports centre and the addition of sports equipment will allow us to extend our offer and service to the local community and allow for additional curriculum usage.”