Over the summer and during the Advent Term, extensive renovations to the Swimming Pool, Gym and Dance Studio were carried out as part of the College’s ongoing £5 million refurbishment plan.
The 25m Swimming Pool, which has been a home training pool for Olympians Karen Pickering, Steven Akers and many other swimmers who have represented Great Britain, including OLs Dennis Allen, Richard Salt and Charlotte Woolliscroft, underwent a refurbishment over the summer. Changes include a new roof, as well as new changing rooms and windows; this has pleased our eager and talented swimmers at Lancing.
The Gym was first renovated in early 2014, converting an old squash court into a Bluetooth-powered Technogym. At the time, Lancing was the first independent school to have a gym of this kind, connecting cardio machines to the College’s Wi-Fi to facilitate personalised workout programmes. Following this, pupils’ demand for the gym facilities grew considerably and Lancing recognised the need to expand the existing space. The latest development has comprised inserting a mezzanine floor into the gym and has nearly doubled the usable floor space, enabling pupils to use weights and cardio machines in separate areas. As well as increased space to train, new equipment was purchased including kettle bells, ropes and heavier dumbbells.
Supplementing the Gym is a brand new Dance Studio situated next door. This is a much improved facility with increased space, a new sprung floor, double ballet barres and mirrors. The studio will be called the Jacqueline Storey Dance Studio. Associated with Lancing for over fifteen years, Jacqueline Storey inspired a generation or more of Lancing girls and boys to get involved in dance. A renowned singer, dancer, choreographer and director, Jacquie has previously directed and choreographed in the College and prep schools productions of Kiss Me Kate, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady and many more. Currently, there is an eclectic mix of dance disciplines on offer for pupils, who can practise ballet, street, jazz, contemporary and, for those who enjoy a slower pace of movement, yoga. The new dance studio will be opened by Jacquie in the spring.
Health, fitness and wellbeing are greatly valued here at Lancing and we are glad to see the pupils enjoying the latest set of refurbishments.