Mandeville School welcomed West Ham and England legend Sir Trevor Brooking to open their new £550,000 artificial grass pitch on Monday.
Sir Trevor, who is the Football Association’s director of football development, charmed staff and pupils alike as he cut the ribbon on what promises to be a bright new sporting future for the school.
The new all weather surface is the result of six years of planning by a dedicated team at the school who believe sport plays a pivotal role in inspiring and developing young people. Funds have been raised by the sale of land and local authority capital funding.
As the host venue for the School Games it means pupils from the 30 primary schools and six secondary schools in the Mandeville School Sports Partnership will have the opportunity to play competitive sports on the new pitch.
A school spokesman said pupils of the Football Academy and the newly formed Sports Academy at Mandeville, would benefit from the new pitch as it will enable them to improve their learning with a first class teaching facility.
The Mandeville School Head teacher Peter Patchett said he feels the opening of the new pitch is a ‘fantastic way to commemorate the Olympics and such an inspirational sporting year’ and will help continue the school’s sporting legacy.
“The artificial grass pitch will be real asset to support the development of sport for young people not only in the school but within the wider community,” he said.
“The school is extremely grateful for the tireless support provided by our stakeholders in making our vision of fully integrated ‘community sport partnership’ become a reality and that Sir Trevor Brooking was able to witness phase one of this development in the official opening of the artificial grass pitch.”