A RIBBLE Valley community sports hub in a secondary school has been given a £10,000 grant to upgrade its buildings.

The Longridge Sports Club, based at the town's high school will use the cash to resurface the sports hall floor and refurbish two squash courts.

It is used by pupils during the day and the wider community at night

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee has given the go-ahead for the club to receive £10,000 in Section 106 money from the developers of Tootle Green housing estate in nearby Dilworth.

It features a range of facilities for hire, including the squash courts – the only community squash courts in the Longridge area – a dance studio, outdoor netball courts and all-weather pitches, and offers classes including badminton, pickleball, Pilates and Taekwondo.

Ricky Newmark, chairman of Ribble Valley Council’s community services committee, said: “The Longridge Sports Club is a fantastic asset, offering excellent facilities and expert classes to pupils at Longridge High School and the wider public.

“This money will be used to refurbish the squash courts, which are the only community squash courts in the area, and resurface the sports hall floor, ensuring the club is able to continue providing community sports facilities for many years to come."

Longridge High School headteacher Jane Green added: “Whether you plan to get fit and healthy, or just have fun and meet people, the sports club can offer a range of fully inclusive facilities and classes for users at every level.

“We are delighted to have received this cash boost, which has enabled us to resurface the sports hall floor and refurbish our two squash courts to a high standard.”