Sports land­mark for boys’ school

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL -

THE Hab­er­dash­ers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, El­stree, has opened i t s Med­burn Sports Cen­tre. Named af­ter the brook run­ning by the school’s 100 acres of park­land, the cen­tre has a 25m, eight-lane swim­ming pool, fit­ness suite, squash courts, climb­ing wall, sports hall, con­fer­ence room, school shop and café. Fa­cil­i­ties are named in hon­our of Michael Palmer and Vic Matthews, a for­mer mem­ber of staff and a stu­dent re­spec­tively, who both went on to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain in Olympic Games.

This is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the school’s sports f acil i - t i e s w h i c h in­clude seven rugby/foot­ball pitches, two al­lweather pitches (one flood­lit) for hockey (they be­come 18 ten­nis courts in the sum­mer term), Habs boys put in fo­cused ef­fort on the pitch three grass cricket squares, three ar­ti­fi­cial cricket wick­ets (plus grass and ar­ti­fi­cial cricket nets), an in­door cricket cen­tre, a dou­ble-size sports hall, gym, fit­ness suite, a 400m grass run­ning track with syn­thetic sprint track and jump/throw ar­eas and a shoot­ing range.

Through part­ner­ships with pro­fes­sional bod­ies, the boys have been work­ing on tech­nique, fit­ness and strat­egy with coaches from Sara­cens RFC, Mid­dle­sex CCC, Wat­ford WP and Hamp­stead and West­min­ster HC. This year has al­ready seen Olympic gold medal­list Samir Barac visit to talk about his ex­pe­ri­ences as a pro­fes­sional sports­man and to run a train­ing ses­sion for year sev­ens.

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