All smiles at The Royal Latin as Julian Thomas announces his gift!
Monday 26th March 2018
A Buckingham entrepreneur has amazed his old school by making a major contribution to their fundraising campaign – for the second time.
Julian Thomas, Managing Director of Racelogic, is donating £100,000 to The Royal Latin School’s 600 Campaign, to help create a £3million Sports Campus at the school. Julian – who left the school after A Levels in 1986 – had also previously sponsored the Innovation Lab in the school’s flagship Discovery Centre.
The Sports Campus – including a new Sports Performance Centre and all weather pitch – aims to transform sporting facilities at the school, and will be particularly focused on encouraging and supporting young people and community groups to be more active. Julian will sponsor the Sports Lab within the new building, which will help people to use technology to monitor and analyse their activity levels.
Headteacher David Hudson commented, “We are absolutely thrilled, and so grateful that Julian has stepped forward to support our 600 Campaign for a second time. The Sports Campus will help us to not only help more people to be more active, but will also help young people understand the importance of balancing their studies with activities they enjoy. This is so important in supporting their overall wellbeing. Technology will play an important role in the new facilities, and having Julian’s support and expertise will mean we can deliver some really exciting initiatives -not only for our own students, but also for the local community.”
If enough funding can be found in time, the school hopes to begin building the Sports Campus at the end of this year, and to open the new facilities in early 2019. Just as with the Discovery Centre, the school will ensure that the community benefits from the new facilities through outreach work with primary schools and out of hours use of facilities by local sports groups.
L-R: Head of PE Ian Gould, Headteacher David Hudson, Julian Thomas, Director of Development Jo Ballantine celebrate with Year 7 students