For nearly a century and a half, Fives has been the province of top Independent schools; except, that is, for the involvement of St. Olave’s Grammar School. Dating back over 450 years to the time of Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare, St. Olave’s Grammar School has an unbroken tradition of providing free education for students from most of Greater London and has built a reputation as one of the country’s finest schools. Despite limited facilities it has also dominated the competitive Fives circuit, with national champions at various ages.
We want to create a ‘Southway’ Fives Centre at St. Olave's to promote the sport across a wide geographical region in South London. This would mirror the new West-way development in North Kensington. To do this we need to build 4 new courts to bring the total school provision to 8 Fives courts.
To achieve this, we need to raise £250,000.
Among the many reasons, there are wider community benefits, including:
The sport of Fives has benefited from generations of Olavians. As a national leader, Howard Wiseman’s proven enthusiasm will ensure that all donations are put to use for the wider good of the game.
Dedicated manpower is already in place for a larger facility to be kept very busy. We have already run a successful girls’ scheme and our unique ethos, where senior students take responsibility for training younger ones, will be shared across a wide range of maintained schools.
The total estimated cost is £250,000. The EFA has committed £20,000 to start the project and we will seek to raise a further £160,000. The school will pursue other funding streams such as Sport England and the National Lottery.
The target is 3 years to completion, but it may be possible to achieve it in 2 years with the following timetable:
|Easter 2015:||Apply for planning permission.|
|Autumn 2015:||Commence fundraising, including any formal bids.|
|Summer 2017:||Finalise detailed plans and go out to tender.|
|2017-18:||Commence and complete construction.|