Castlecomer Community School is hoping to boost its sports facilities with a new suite of dressing rooms and gymnasium.
The school has applied to Kilkenny County Council for planning permission to build a two-storey structure with four dressing rooms, four smaller changing rooms, showers and toilets at ground-floor level, and a gymnasium at first-floor level with office and two changing rooms with showers and toilets.
The building is proposed be located to the rear and south of the existing school building, beside the existing playing fields, tennis courts and running track.
In a letter submitted with the application, school principal Seamus O’Connor wrote: “The project is required at the Community School at Castlecomer to facilitate and promote the sporting, social, recreational and educational purposes of the school community and also the larger community of Castlecomer.
“The development is ancillary to the existing school sports facilities and will not be used for profit or gain,” the principal wrote. “There has been a marked increase in the use of the existing sports facilities. The school was constructed in 1990 and there is a large deficit in the size and number of changing rooms and facilities in the school.”
“Boys and girls from the school and also from the Castlecomer community use the hurling, football, soccer, athletics, basketball and tennis facilities at the school, and the current situation with two small changing rooms is unmanageable and unfair to the participants in sport,” he added.
The school has two playing fields, a running track, four external tennis/ basketball hardcourts and an indoor sports hall. It currently has 603 students, with the number ranging as high as 675, the application notes, and its athletics and basketball facilities in particular are used by the wider Castlecomer community.