UKSA receives planning permission to upgrade its facilities in Cowes

The UKSA has received planning permission to upgrade its facilities in Cowes.

The charity that uses sailing and watersports as a catalyst to transform young people’s lives will now be able to start planning the build of flexible, modular, modern accommodation to be able to meet future needs for all their students.

Beth Willows, UKSA CEO said: “This will improve our efficiency and the experience of all our students during their stay here”

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A capital programme will take place over the next four years. This plan will rationalise and remodel the current facilities, while providing more sports and community opportunities for local people.

The first milestone in the delivery of the programme is the renovation of the disused Cowes Youth Centre & Sports Hall. This facility will be developed by UKSA and be made available for use by students and the local Island community.

The aim for the next stage of the programme is to begin the construction of the new accommodation and training facility in Winter 2019.

Beth Willows, UKSA CEO said: “The new facility is expected to cost £3.5 million. We are making steady progress towards achieving this goal, including raising £850,000 in grants and commitments towards the programme before planning permission was secured. Now that planning permission is confirmed, we hope to accelerate our fundraising efforts further”

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