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Students showcase £22million facilities

Students using state-of-the-art cameras in the new Visual and Performing Arts building

Sunderland College has unveiled its £22million state-of-the-art Visual and Performing Arts and Sports buildings.

Talented visual, performing arts and sports students can now showcase their abilities as they take advantage of the college’s state-of-the-art developments.

Sunderland College has unveiled its innovative Visual and Performing Arts and Sports buildings to students following its opening this month.

More than 700 A-Level and Vocational students are using the brand new facilities at Bede Campus which have been in development since spring 2013.

Spanning 50,000 square feet, the Visual and Performing Arts building features a theatre; film screening room; media/TV, drama, dance, art, and fashion and clothing studio; two industry standard recording studios; a music technology suite; photography studio; dark room and film processing facilities.

The facilities are home to music, drama, dance, media, fashion, art and photography students who have been making the most of the modern learning spaces and high-tech equipment.

Rachel Dickin, aged 18, is a first year Foundation Degree Drama student. She said: “I think the new facilities are amazing. They are so bright and there is so much space – it really helps you to take in more during lessons. One of the best things is the equipment which we have access to in all lessons so we have more time to practice with it.”

The Sports building spans some 30,000 sq.ft and includes a multi-use sports hall, sports science performance lab, sports massage treatment areas, exercise studio and fully equipped gym with TechnoGym cardiovascular machines.

The building accommodates the college’s development centres for elite men and women footballers, rugby players, swimmers and coaches, and it is home to new basketball, trampolining, gymnastics, volleyball, futsal and fitness clubs catering for a range of age groups from young children to adults.

First year Level 2 BTEC Sport student Chris Johnson, aged 16, said: “The sports building is brilliant – I’ve used some weight and cardio machines in the gym which are very high-tech and I have played football in the new sports hall. The new facilities are great for practical lessons and are helping me to learn more about different sports.”

John Rushworth, curriculum director at Sunderland College, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be opening our multi million pound, state-of-the-art, Sports and Visual and Performing Arts buildings at our Bede Campus.  With over 750 students studying across a range of sports and arts courses, these first-class, industry recognised facilities significantly improve our students’ progress to higher education, employment and apprenticeships.”

Sunderland College is hosting a Community Sports Day on Saturday, September 27 from 12-5pm. There will be a range of demonstrations and activities to take part in including football, basketball, cheerleading, trampolining, athletics and fitness sessions.

The free event is open to all members of the public and takes place at the college’s new Sports building at Bede Campus.

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