Year 6 Parents are invited to our School In Action Evening Thursday 27 September 6pm

Sports College Facilities

Guiding Principles

The Joseph Whitaker School has an obligation to increase usage by maximising the space utilisation of their facilities (Sports Hall, Gym, Dance Studio and All Weather Pitch).


The programming of the facilities will be demand or supply lead depending on the location of the centre.


The Key Principles:

  • Encourage healthy and active lifestyles
  • Provide leisure facilities, residents and visitors enjoy using
  • Encourage sporting excellence and provide pathways for talent identification
  • Encourage grassroots participation and development


The programming philosophy will recognise and adhere to all relevant legislation, notably equal opportunities, sex and disability discrimination and will endeavour to promote racial harmony and lifelong learning. The philosophy places sports development initiatives as a high priority. A concessionary charging system may operate for various groups and this will be addressed to ensure that the means of payment does not present a barrier to entry.

Specific Principles

Clubs with accreditation (e.g. Clubmark) or seen to be working towards an accreditation will be given priority.


There will be specific hours identified every week for the development of sport, however, this will not necessarily be on a free of charge basis but will be suitably priced to again reflect the needs and the market in which it is operating.


The facilities will be used for curriculum and extra-curricular activities as required. Between the hours of 6pm to 8pm priority will be given to junior sections of clubs.


Sometimes The Joseph Whitaker School will need the facilities during community hours for school events.  Similarly, community activities may need the use of facilities during school hours which the school will endeavour to support.


Target Groups

  • Voluntary clubs with accreditation or working towards accreditation
  • Clubs with a junior and senior sections
  • Groups as identified in Sport England’s recognised development plan


Priority Sports

The programme will be reviewed on a regular basis and at times when there are specific requests for activities from the target groups.


In respect of the first “Guiding Principle”, the programme must also reflect and respond to the needs of the core market.

Service Level Agreement


All users:

  1. The Sports College staff will be polite, courteous and helpful at all times.
  2. The facility will be staffed at all times. The presence of staff will be evident at all times as they monitor the entirety of the building.
  3. The facilities will be cleaned to a high standard and checked by Sports College staff at regular intervals.
  4. The maintenance of the building will be checked on a daily basis. All faults will be made good in a realistic timescale.
  5. Equipment will be set up as requested by your Club/Organisation to comply with NOP’s and Health & Safety Regulations.
  6. All the information provided by your Club/Organisation will be retained in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the GDPR 2018.

Partnership Clubs

In return for your support:

  1. You will have the opportunity to apply for preferred user times and user rates in accordance with the Joseph Whitaker Sports College Pricing Policy.
  2. The Joseph Whitaker Sports College and Newark & Sherwood Sports Development will provide support as required:
  3. Application for accreditation from Sports England or NGB’s.
  4. Advice and help with financial applications for funding.
  5. Coach Education Courses as required.
  6. Promotion of your club via newsletters, assemblies, websites and notice boards.
  7. Developing young leaders to become club volunteers.