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|Location||Easton, Norfolk, England
Easton College is a land-based college, located at Easton, seven miles west of Norwich, Norfolk, England, and now one of two campuses of Easton & Otley College (the other being based at Otley in Suffolk). Owning 652 acres (2.64 km2) of land, it spreads over Easton to provide workable land for all the courses run at the college. Over time it has adapted to the most current and up to date courses, such as Horticulture, Arboriculture, Sports, Animal Care, Countryside, Land-Based Technology, Equine, and Floristry. The college have just added a £22.5 million extension to the site, it is now investing another £15 million on adding 2 buildings containing tennis courts, new class rooms, huge stand alone indoor equestrian centre, and many more things. The college at the moment can provide for 122 residential students for further education and a further 25 for higher education. The college, also provides part-time and short courses, to the public.
The main focus of the college is on vocational courses with qualifications such as First and National Diplomas, as well as Foundation Degrees. With vocational courses the main emphasis is on ‘hands-on’ practical work, combined with classroom-based activity. Work experience/placements form an integral part of the student's education and are undertaken in most of Easton's curriculum areas, external trips are often linked to most areas of study.
Easton College offers full-time courses in the following curriculum areas:
- Animal Care
- Countryside Management
- Equine Studies
- Public Services
- Sport and Recreation
- Now Construction
Part-time opportunities also exist in the above areas along with:
- Agricultural Machinery
- Garden and Interior Design
- Information Technology
Modern Apprenticeships are available through a variety of Government funded schemes in:
- Animal Care
- Equine Studies
- Service Engineering
- Sport and Leisure
Easton College Tennis Centre is a £3.2M development consisting of 8 indoor tennis courts which is Norfolk’s only pay & play indoor tennis facility. No membership is required to use the state of the art indoor courts thus adding to the Norfolk tennis landscape as opposed to conflicting with it.
Built with partnership funding from the Learning and Skills Council, The Lawn Tennis Association, the Norfolk Lawn Tennis Association and of course the college, the project was completed in two phases. In autumn 2008 the first stage of the building project was completed when the 4 court air hall became operational. Once these courts were up and running the tennis programme started to develop. In early 2009, building work started on phase two of the project. This second stage was this permanent structure, including four more acrylic indoor courts, changing rooms, toilets, refreshments, offices, seminar rooms and a viewing gallery.
British tennis ace and 2007 Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray (brother of Andy) and his mother Judy (coach and now TV tennis commentator) led the opening ceremony for the complex, with Jamie calling it, "a fantastic facility, the sort that would give youngsters a great opportunity to boost the British game."
As well as offering tennis to all the tennis players in Norfolk, the indoor courts also add a fantastic resource for Easton's 300+ sports students who attend the college. The use of the hall by the college's many sports courses during the day ensures tennis has a developing role in the culture of the college.
Easton has recently come under scrutiny after claiming to have the only European Red Clay courts in the country aside from the National Tennis Centre. This has been found to be untrue, with several other clubs and centres, such as Sutton Tennis Academy and Dukes Meadows, voicing their displeasure at such claims.
Easton is a small village in Norfolk, to the west of Norwich. It covers an area of 6.25 km2 (2.41 sq mi) and at the 2001 census had population of 1,141 in 445 households. Located close to the Norfolk Showground and the A47, the village's football team, Easton FC, currently plays in the Anglian Combination. They have achieved great success under current manager Eddie Jack and have moved up three divisions in the last 3 years. A new sponsorship deal for the 2007-08 season has seen the clubs two teams wearing the same kit for the first time and have also now adopted a club badge.
- "Easton parish information". South Norfolk Council. 18 October 2007. http://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/democracy/Easton_parish.asp. Retrieved 20 June 2009.