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Boston Borough Council’s Cabinet have been touring some of the community facilities located at the town’s Haven High Academy.

Councillors visited the Language Lab there, which was opened in a bid to overcome language barriers experienced within the Boston community, and also had a walk around the new 3G pitch facility.

I would like to thank headteacher Matthew Van Lier and his colleagues for taking time in their busy schedule to speak to myself and some of my colleagues about the progress the academy is making and the changes that have been made over the past few years to make this achievable.

Meeting with Daniela Preda, the Community Liaison Officer based at Haven High’s Language Lab, and hearing about the work she has been doing with the students and their parents whose first language is other than English was a true insight for us. She is engaging with them to find out their needs and how she can support them in their integration into the UK is key.

Councillor Paul SkinnerLeader - Boston Borough Council

Since the Language Lab was opened, free language education sessions have been offered and the Lab’s services regularly assist many local families.

It also forms an integral part of the borough council’s Empowering Healthy Communities Programme and has previously benefited from an investment of £100,000 from the Government Community Champions Fund.

Our visit ended with a chat with Nick Bishop, Head of Sport, and a tour of the new 3G pitch. What an amazing asset to Boston – I really do hope this facility is used and enjoyed by lots of our residents for years to come.

Councillor Paul SkinnerLeader - Boston Borough Council

The community 3G pitch was officially opened last week by the Government’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam.

The £900,000 state-of-the-art sports facility was made possible following contributions from Boston Town Deal’s accelerated funding, the Voyage Education Partnership, the Football Foundation and the Medlock Trust.

The facility is already promoting various sports and physical activities, while bringing together groups of all ages and abilities to help improve wellbeing levels in the area.

It was great to see some of the Cabinet from Boston Borough Council take time to visit Haven High Academy.

The partnership has enabled the local community to benefit from adult education and the 3G pitch facility. We all agree this is the start of a really powerful relationship for the future.

Matthew Van LierHeadteacher - Haven High Academy