The Beach – it’s a ball
If you were at Matamata College last Friday evening, you would have been forgiven for thinking that you were at the beach.
With the music pumping and loads of people enjoying the new beach volleyball courts, The Beach was officially opened.
The ceremony marked the completion of one of the major sporting facility projects at Matamata College initiated by the Matamata College Sports Club.
Principal Glenn Rowsell said there were a number of people who needed to be thanked including volleyball coach Andrew Kilham and sports teacher Darryn Jamieson.
‘‘This is fantastic not only for our school but for the whole community,’’ Mr Rowsell said.
Matamata College Sports Club chairman Nigel Kittow said there were also a number of Matamata businesses which needed to be acknowledged for their contribution towards seeing the beach volleyball courts established, including Wilson’s Sands and Daltons.
‘‘There are a lot of people and businesses that deserve credit. This is an impressive sporting facility which we hope members of the community will enjoy too,’’ Mr Kittow said.
Former Matamata College student Kelsie Wills was there to celebrate and she showed her skills in a friendly game where she partnered with Matamata College senior volleyballer Luke Smith.
Fun times ahead: New Zealand beach volleyball representative and former Matamata College student Kelsie Wills spikes the volleyball over the net to a waiting block by sports teacher Darryn Jamieson at the official opening of The Beach at Matamata College.