Rugby legend John Bentley (known as Bentos) paid a visit to the Academy in order to officially open the newly refurbished Autistic Spectrum Condition Resourced Provision.
The centre has recently benefitted from a generous grant of £25,000 from the Wooden Spoon charity. This has enabled the Academy to carry out major refurbishment work which has seen the redecoration of the building and the installation of much needed specialist equipment.
John, who comes from Yorkshire, is an honorary president of the Yorkshire region of the children's charity 'Wooden Spoon'.
In officially opening the Resourced Provision John spoke to the students about the value of having such facilities and told us that he is “delighted that money raised regionally is spent regionally.”
New state-of-the-art facilities include a chill out room complete with an illuminated ball pool and a restorative room. There is also a sensory room with an interactive sensory floor mat, glowing bubble wall and disco ball. A brand new kitchen enables students to develop life skills and they can socialise with others in the new communal area.
Headteacher, Ms Matthews, told us: “The building was previously not fit for purpose but it is now amazing following the transformation over the summer.”
She went to thank the Wooden Spoon charity on behalf of the Academy who has made the work possible telling them: “This facility will transform the life of the students who use it.”
Year 10 student, Alex Bradley, described the changes to the Resourced Provision as “remarkable” and that they would “have a lot of impact on those using them.”
In expressing gratitude from students, Alex thanked the charity adding, “It is nice to know that people care and put the effort in to helping us.”
Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. The charity aims to positively transform the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby. In awarding grants to various organisations the charity funds around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since their founding in 1983 the charity has helped over one million young people by providing sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care.