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LeAF Elite Athlete Academy

Bournemouth, UK

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A Bournemouth school is going for gold following the completion of a new beach volleyball facility.

LeAF Elite Athlete Academy (formerly Oakmead College of Technology) took delivery of 1202m² of sand for the facility at its LeAF Campus on Duck Lane, Dorset. The new building complements the school’s sports facility, fitness center, gym, dance studio and extensive playing fields, allowing students to enjoy a diverse sports programme which promotes healthy lifestyles.

Rubb Buildings Ltd was tasked with the design, manufacture and delivery of the 32m span x 40m long sports building which includes two internal beach volleyball courts, complete with sand pits to represent a beach environment. The facility has sidewalls of 10.8m and boasts a clear playing height of 10m inside.

The volleyball facility features Rubb’s traditional galvanized internal steel frame, but with a new design. A tapered lattice leg facilitates the curved roof design specified by the school’s architect Trinity Architecture. The building is clad with durable PVDF coated fabric, providing blue walls and a white translucent roof. Rubb added the LeAF Campus logo to both gable ends of the structure. Four doors, one in each gable and sidewall, provide access to the volleyball training facility.

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The indoor beach volleyball facility was used as an Olympic training venue. LeAF Campus hosted men’s and women’s international teams from Brazil, Greece, and Great Britain as they prepared to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012. The courts provide three full size match courts or four training courts and the international players believe it to be one of the best purpose built facilities in Europe.

Executive Headteacher Annetta Minard

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