Autumn 2020

Our goal is in reach . . .

“Throughout it all, one thing has stood out: the phenomenal power of the school community. How uplifting it feels to be connected with each other; our willingness to work together to support each other, and our collective desire to makes things better where we possibly can. The Sports Campus will be the embodiment of all these things.

Jo Ballantine

An update on the Campaign from our Director of Development, Jo Ballantine

There is no question that the last six months have been extraordinarily challenging for us all, as individuals, families, communities, and as a school. The return to a new academic year has brought a new set of challenges, new ways of doing things, and a renewed call on everyone’s resilience.

Through it all, one thing has stood out:  the phenomenal power of our school community. How uplifting it feels to be connected with each other, our willingness to work together to support each other, and our collective desire to make things better if we possibly can. The Sports Campus will be the embodiment of all of these things.

The health and welfare of our young people and of our community remains at the forefront of all our minds. We remain 100% committed to finishing the Sports Campus as soon as we can, and we won’t rest until we’ve done so. Helping this generation of young people to enjoy a balanced, active and healthy life has never felt so important, and is a mission we can all get behind.

Good news!

The FA approved, full size 3G pitch is now open for use by students during the day, as well as by local clubs, community groups – and any of you – in the evenings and at weekends. It will be used for football, rugby, fitness training, athletics and more. It is fantastic to see it completed and in use!

Even better, against all odds, and thanks to the generosity of our community and contributions from several large charitable foundations during lockdown, we are thrilled that construction of the Sports Campus building has also begun. This exciting building, which will sit alongside the new pitch, will contain a fully equipped gym, Mind & Body Zone for dance, yoga and seminars, and the Racelogic Sports Lab – a large, hi tech sports analysis suite. Simply put, this will be a game changing building.

Our final challenge . . .

The new Sports Campus building is due to be completed in July 2021 – but for that to happen, we need to have raised enough to finish the project and kit out the building. Without our usual calendar of fundraising events and without being able to hold meetings and briefing events in the way we ordinarily would, we’ll need as many minds as possible to help us solve this funding challenge. 

Our goal is within reach…we’ve achieved so much despite the challenging circumstances, and now we’re asking our community to come together like never before to help us raise the final £250,000 we need.

We’d love you to step forward to play your part if you can, by volunteering, donating or fundraising over the next few months. Let’s see what we can achieve by Christmas!

Stronger together . . .

Thank you, once again, for your ongoing support, for your understanding at this challenging time, and for your messages of encouragement, which are always greatly appreciated. 

If you feel able to show your support for the project and give our fundraising a welcome boost, or just want to send a message to us, please get in touch with me any time at jballantine@royallatin.org, or head to our Sports Campus Donations page to make a donation online. You’re also very welcome to book in a call or video meeting with me anytime –  or a face to face meeting at a location to suit you – to discuss the campaign, check on our latest progress, or share an idea. Our door is always open, and suggestions and ideas always welcome!

I hope to hear from you soon, and in the meantime, send best wishes to you and your families from the 600 Campaign team,

Jo Ballantine

RLS Director of Development

jballantine@royallatin.org

^ Top