Sports Centre Campaign 2017

In 2017, Withington Girls’ School has exciting plans to transform our current functional sporting facilities into a vibrant and inspirational Sports Centre.

As a relatively small School, we have always punched above our weight in terms of sporting achievement, and in recent years, our pupils have enjoyed significant sporting success. Our current facilities, however, are functional rather than inspiring, and do not reflect the School’s sporting capability. We would like to change that.

We have ambitious plans to transform our current facilities in a way that will help motivate our girls to get active and stay active for life.

The new facilities will include an impressive entrance area and reception, and an upgraded Sports Hall with the capacity to partition the space for different activities to take place simultaneously. We will also install a light and airy ‘Mind and Body Studio’ for multipurpose use, a large Fitness Suite, and improved changing room facilities. For more information about the planned changes you can watch the video below or click here to see images and find out about the developments in more detail.

Sport for All

The Founders of Withington recognised the importance of sport and exercise over 125 years ago, when our School was established. They stipulated, “there should be more physical exercise and practical work than usual in girls’ schools.” Physical activity is vital to the personal fitness and holistic development of young girls in fostering their physical, social and mental well-being. Taking part in regular exercise during their time at school enhances the girls’ learning, and participating in team sports teaches valuable life skills and builds character.

In giving games, PE, dance and fitness a higher profile throughout the School, we hope to encourage a healthy attitude towards exercise amongst our girls. We want pupils to enjoy sport and fitness during their time at Withington, whatever their skill level, developing their abilities and improving their fitness whilst doing an activity they enjoy.

Join the Team and Support our Campaign

The total cost of this project is £1.75 million. The School has committed to invest £1.25 million over the next two years, but we still need to raise an additional £500,000 for our vision to become a reality. We simply cannot do this without charitable support.

A small group of generous benefactors have already helped us to raise £208,000 towards the campaign, and your kind donations can play a vital role in enabling us to raise the remaining £292,000. By making a donation, of any amount, you can help us to ensure that building work commences as soon as possible, so that the girls can reap the benefits of these new facilities in the very near future.

How to Donate

Withington has always relied on the generosity and philanthropy of its supporters, and we hope that you will share our excitement about these plans. We would be very grateful if you would consider giving your support to our appeal, and help us to raise the bar for sport at Withington.

Please click here to download a donation form and give a single or monthly gift via direct debit. If you are a UK taxpayer, you can choose to donate via Gift Aid, which will allow the School to claim an extra 25% from the government, at no extra cost to you.

You can also securely donate a one-off gift online, by clicking the button below:


Naming opportunities are available, and if you donate a gift of £100 or more, you will be eligible to be recognised in our online Roll of Honour for the campaign. Gifts of more than £1000 (£1,250 with Gift Aid) will be included on a dedicated Donor Board, which will be on display in the new Sports Centre.

If you would like any further information about these exciting developments, please don’t hesitate to contact Development Director Mrs Toni Leden on 0161 249 3494, or email

Read more about Withington’s Sporting Success over on our blog.


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