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A GREAT Bri­tain hockey goal­keeper opened a school’s £200,000 all weather multi use games area.

On Mon­day, Novem­ber 2 staff and stu­dents at Pipers Cor­ner School in Great King­shill wel­comed Mad­die Hinch to the of­fi­cial open­ing of their new games area.

The new out­door play­ing area houses three flood­lit net­ball or ten­nis courts and a hockey pitch with an all-weather sur­face.

All girls from re­cep­tion to up­per sixth will be able to use the new fa­cil­ity for cur­ricu­lum based PE lessons, en­rich­ment sport ac­tiv­i­ties and com­pet­i­tive sport­ing fix­tures with other lo­cal schools and clubs.

Head­teacher, He­len Ness-Gif­ford, said “It is very ex­cit­ing for us, as a school, to be able to pro­vide this fab­u­lous fa­cil­ity for our pupils.

“We look for­ward to see­ing the girls de­velop their skills in a va­ri­ety of sports in­clud­ing ten­nis, net­ball and hockey. We will also be ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for wider use within the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially for spe­cial­ist coach­ing for chil­dren. We are al­ready work­ing with one lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Ten­nis4Kids, to de­liver a suit­able pro­gramme for ten­nis coach­ing for lo­cal chil­dren over the next year.”

At the spe­cial as­sem­bly to mark the open­ing, Miss Hinch spoke to the girls about her hap­pi­est mo­ment in sport which was when she won her gold medal at the re­cent Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don. She went on to say how she en­joyed all sport at school and that be­ing ac­tive in all sports is a great way to find what you are re­ally good at. She also talked about how set­backs in her hockey ca­reer made her more re­silient and de­ter­mined to suc­ceed.

Of­fi­cial open­ing: GB Hockey goal­keeper

Mad­die Hinch with pupils at Pipers Cor­ner School and above with

her gold medal

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