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New sports centre opens at King Edward’s School

A £5m sports centre has opened at King Edward’s School, Birmingham as part of a major development of the school’s indoor sports facilities.

The new development, called The Andrew Brode Sports Centre, has been substantially funded by a donation from former pupil Andrew Brode, Executive Chairman of RWS Holdings. This is the second major donation made by Andrew Brode to the school’s facilities, the first part-funding a modern languages and science centre, which opened in 2013.

Keith Phillips, Acting Chief Master of King Edward’s School, said: “We are very grateful to Andrew Brode for his great generosity and continued support of the school. The new developments that he has so generously supported have had a huge impact on life at King Edward’s, both in and out of the classroom.

“His first major gift has provided outstanding facilities for science and modern languages, and transformed the way these subjects are taught at the school. His second gift has created superb facilities for the study and practice of sport, the benefits of which are already being enjoyed by our pupils and staff, and the community groups who use our facilities.”

The sports centre is part of a £25 million building programme that the school embarked on in 2010. The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, which was substantially funded by former pupil Sir Paul Ruddock, opened in 2012. The aforementioned modern languages and science centre opened in 2013, and the Southall Pavilion and astro hockey pitch, also part-funded by a former pupil, Stuart Southall, opened in 2015. The final project to be undertaken is a redevelopment of the school’s original sports hall, which is expected to be completed by autumn 2020.

The Andrew Brode Sports Centre, which includes a new sports hall, cardiovascular fitness room, multipurpose space, classroom, and changing rooms, was officially opened on Friday, 10 May 2019 by former pupil and Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire cricketer Anurag Singh.