Ashville College makes significant investment in new sports facilities

Ashville College’s sports provisions are being given a major shot in the arm ahead of the new academic year.

In addition to the construction of a multi purpose, £750,000 synthetic sports pitch, the 800-pupil independent school has appointed a new Director of Sport.

Phil Holmes, who is joining Ashville in Harrogate from The Grammar School At Leeds, takes over from Ian Gould, who is taking on the newly created role of Director of Activities and Outdoor Pursuits.


Inspiring Others! Ashville College’s new Director of Sport, Phil Holmes
Inspiring Others! Ashville College’s new Director of Sport, Phil Holmes


The predominant use of the new artificial pitch, which is being located next to the outdoor tennis and netball courts, will be for hockey. In addition to school fixtures, the pitch will also be available for matches up to, and including, county level.

Over the years, Ashville College has maintained a strong reputation for sport – both girls and boys. The Olympic Games were a fantastic inspiration for all. Many of Team GB’s medal winners came from independent schools and Ashville students will be setting their sights to compete at the highest level.

Ashville College Headmaster Mark Lauder said:

We are now in a position where we are taking our sporting provisions to the next level.

The new pitch is a significant investment for the school and it will be a superb addition to the excellent facilities we have already have.

Having a pitch that can be used all year round will be a very much welcomed by the pupils and staff alike.

Constructing the all weather surface has also given us the opportunity to address drainage issues, and will benefit the rugby pitches, particularly in times of very wet weather.

The arrival of Phil Holmes as Director of Sports is a key appointment and we are delighted he is joining us from September.

Ian Gould is one of our most experienced members of staff is our most qualified outdoor leader. I’m delighted Ian is going to leading this area of our extra-curricular provisions.

Both sport and outdoor activities are important in the development of young people.

These two roles will help with both competitive sport and other extracurricular activities, including orienteering, climbing and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

This summer, pupils from Year 9 upwards have already participated in a number of sports tours, including the girls’ hockey and netball tour to Malaysia.


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