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Belmont – Sports Hall

In 1980 Belmont got a new gym.  At this time Belmont had around 200 boys and it was an era when wall bars and climbing ropes were considered state-of-the-art.  In recent years this had become rather drab and “under-whelming” and not too many tears were shed when it suffered a major fire in November 2017.  Since then work by designers, architects, planners and consultants mean that a new indoor sports facility should be ready in the autumn of 2019.  This will be funded by insurance money, the Governors and a £1m fundraising campaign.  It is great to know that the first £500,000 of that is already “in the bank” and those to whom I have spoken believe that with this fantastic start the target is achievable.

There are likely to be three main donor communities:

Current Belmont and Grimsdell parents and grandparents whose children and grandchildren will benefit directly from the enhanced resources.

Families whose children are enjoying or have recently enjoyed their time at Belmont but may not experience the new building personally.

Old Belmontians with fond memories of their prep school and a desire to give something back in gratitude for their education and to enhance the facilities for present and future Belmontians.

The new building will be on the same site as the existing building.  However this new larger building will have:

  • Almost double the usable floor area which would accommodate more sports including indoor football, indoor hockey, indoor cricket, basketball, volleyball, soft tennis and badminton
  • space for concerts and whole school assemblies
  • all new PE and games equipment efficiently stored and accessible
  • changing rooms
  • electronic scoreboard

and, hopefully,

  • exciting enhancements such as a climbing wall, trampolines
  •  Ready after Half Term autumn 2019
  • Cost: £3m  (includes additional year of funding for temporary facility)
  • Fundraising: £1m


Another element of the fundraising campaign is a Ball taking place at Allianz Park on 8th June. This event is open to all parents, Old Millhillians, Staff and Friends of the Foundation. For more information and to book tickets click here.