Plans to move the Crewe-based Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts look likely to be thrown out by the borough council tomorrow, despite a petition of more than 2,000 signatures and 340 letters in support.
The proposals, which would see the academy shift from Macon Way to a green belt site on Groby Road, have been recommended for refusal by planning officers, who say it is an inappropriate development in the open countryside, backed up by 123 letters of objection.
But co-director Iain Chalmers says the move is vital to allow the world-class potential of hundreds of disabled youngsters to flourish.
He said: "If we can't get the building within the next couple of years, the academy would have to close.
"The roof is leaking, we've got massive subsidence and we are having to turn children away.
"A whole generation of youngsters are being denied opportunities because of the condition of the building. If this doesn't get built, it's going to be the death of the academy."
If given the go-ahead, the scheme, which will include sports hall, football pitches, a fishing lake, bowling green and restaurant, would be the first of its kind in the country because it would combine a retirement village of 22 homes with the sports academy.
Academy member and former artistic gymnastics world champion Vicky Perez said: "I'm very sad and very angry.
"There's nowhere for disabled people to do the sports they want to do.
"I wouldn't have represented this country without the help of the academy."