The highly popular Sports High School on the island of Suðuroy receives so many applicants that it is now working on expanding student accommodation, allowing it to accept more students.
The High School can currently house up to 40 students but it has been forced to say no to applicants in every application round during the last couple of years.
“When we reach our application deadline on 1 July, we are likely to have received between 80 to 100 applications, which means we will be saying no to over half the applicants, and that is not good,” says Dennis Holm, founder of the Sports High School and mayor of the village of Vágar on Suðuroy.
The school’s solution is to expand the Sports High School and the first phase is to build accommodation for 72 students. The school will be built in collaboration with Bústaðir, a public housing association. It is unclear how much it will cost to build and when it will be finished.
The Sports High School, which started in 2016, has been one of the great success stories in the Faroe Islands in the last few years. The school’s objective is to give students the knowledge and work experience they need in order to support their diverse, personal development. Personal development is the core focus of the course, which teaches lessons in sports, art, language and culture.
Students from all over the world, such as Germany, England, Denmark and New Zealand, have attended the school. The school offers half- or full-year options, starting in January (20 weeks) or August (15 weeks).
Words: Levi Hanssen
This article was originally published 13 June 2018 on Faroeislands.fo