SCHOOL NETS £200K ALL-WEATHER PITCH
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