North Hertfordshire College (NHC) has begun work on its new £10 million sports and teaching facilities for student and community use. The project is funded by the College, with a £3.7 million Local Growth Fund contribution from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The investment will enable the College to build a brand new, state-of-the-art sports hall and gym, a new 3G football pitch and modern sports science teaching facilities with a planned opening in Summer 2022.


New Sports Facilities

The new facilities will enable the College to be at the forefront of sports science teaching in Hertfordshire and meet the increasing need for higher qualifications in STEM / technology-related roles. The facility will make a significant contribution to the local health agenda and provide enhanced opportunities for increasing access to higher level qualifications and positive progression for students.

Included within this development is investment in wider community facilities including:

A new 3G pitch and two new grass pitches at The Priory School.

Over £1.3m investment in local primary and secondary schools and childcare services.

Over £25,000 investment in library and youth services.

Over £600,000 investment in sustainable transport including cycling provision, footpath and road junction improvements, Hitchin Railway Station improvement scheme contribution and enhanced public transport information.

116 new homes developed by CALA Homes (North Home Counties). 15 per cent of homes will be affordable to meet local housing need, including those offered for shared equity and rent. Homes have been designed around informal green open space and high-quality landscaping and the development will include a children’s play area.

The new outdoor facilities will support the growing and unmet demand for grassroots and youth football, while the modern sports facility will cater to local needs with badminton, basketball, taekwondo and studio-based fitness activities.

Kit Davies, Principal of North Hertfordshire College, said:

“We are delighted that work has now begun on the site to create these fantastic facilities for our students, and for our local community members.

“The new centre will provide our students with brilliant opportunities to train in state-of-the-art sporting facilities and study in new teaching spaces for generations to come.

“Since 1965 North Herts College has been, and will continue to be, heavily invested in the community it serves, and this development will provide much needed, modern and advanced facilities for our community to access sport and well-being activities locally.”

Adrian Hawkins, Chair of Hertfordshire LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel, said:

“We are pleased to support the provision of modern new sports and teaching facilities at North Herts College to benefit our young people and local residents.

“Our investment will help accelerate the development of STEM skills sought after by local businesses offering employment in high-tech sectors. Furthermore, the facilities will play a vital role in encouraging healthy communities and breaking down barriers to sports participation.

“It is fantastic to see work commence on this project at a time when sporting interest has been piqued by the Olympics and our brilliant Team GB athletes.”


Notes to editors

North Hertfordshire College is an occupationally-focussed further education college with campuses in Stevenage and Hitchin.  It delivers full and part-time programmes for around 9,000 students a year to meet the current and future demands of the local economy across several sectors: business and financial services; the creative industries; engineering and construction; health and social care; technology; sport and leisure; and, hospitality and catering. We also deliver programmes for students who need additional support to complete their studies.

In their November 2017 inspection report, Ofsted judged NHC to be ‘Good’ with its supported studies and traineeship employability programmes rated Outstanding.

The college is the best in Hertfordshire for overall achievement rates, the 2nd best in the east of England and in the top 25% in the country.

NHC also ranks fifth best in the country and first in Hertfordshire for overall student satisfaction, according to an annual Government commissioned survey of all FE learners.

About Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Hertfordshire LEP is one of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships tasked by the Government to drive forward economic growth. We work with private and public sector partners to tackle barriers to growth and to ensure that our people, places, and businesses thrive.

With our Strategic Economic Plan, we have successfully secured over £300m Government and EU funding to date to support our three key priorities which include Strategic Infrastructure, Skills & Employment, and Enterprise & Innovation.

Find out more about our investments to date at

About the Local Growth Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.

That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

Some additional key facts:

There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England

The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.

LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.

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