New BSJ Sports Centre
Recent visitors to BSJ will have noticed that the new Sports Centre is nearing completion. This building forms the centrepiece of the School's East Campus redevelopment, which also includes two football fields, and a parent and visitor carpark.
These new facilities will considerably enhance BSJ's well-established sports and social responsibility programmes, and make the School one of the best-resourced for sport in southeast Asia.
In its main hall, the Sports Centre has three full-size basketball courts, with the wall-mounted backboards and an electric shot-clock. Using sound-proof curtaining, these courts convert into three separate playing areas, which can deliver six volleyball or 12 badminton courts. This enables a fully-flexible sports programme for all age-groups.
On the mezzanine floor, there will be a rock-climbing wall, plus a gym, dance studio and classroom. Downstairs, the building will also house a café, and there are observation points throughout.
The new football fields will be floodlit and use the latest artificial turf technology. When compared to natural surfaces, artificial turf has many benefits: the most important being durability, particularly during heavy rain, leading to increased playability without any compromises on safety. Set up primarily as two seven-a-side pitches, the fields will convert to 11-a-side size, with playing dimensions of 80m x 55m. There will be a sheltered viewing area for spectators.
We continue to embrace our responsibilities towards the city of Jakarta and its residents. When not used by BSJ's students, these new facilities will therefore be available for the wider community to hire.
This term, the School is using the Sports Centre to host public examinations, as well as commissioning and testing the facilities upstairs. The football fields will be laid shortly, subject to weather conditions. The entire redevelopment will be available for use from the start of the next academic year.
In the meantime, the School is reviewing its sports and activities programme to ensure it capitalises on these new facilities. The research project that we undertook earlier this year was invaluable, and we thank all those who participated.
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