Rugby star vis­its his alma mater

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An Eng­land Rugby In­ter­na­tional player from Ply­mouth has opened his for­mer school’s new play­ground.

Henry Slade vis­ited Ply­mouth Col­lege Prepara­tory School to open the newly-built play area and rem­i­nisce about his time at the school while catch­ing up with his for­mer teach­ers.

Henry also chat­ted to the pupils, many of whom are keen rugby play­ers them­selves and who ben­e­fit from the spe­cial­ist PE teach­ing they re­ceive at the school where Henry started out on his rugby ca­reer.

This month, Henry was part of the Eng­land Rugby squad in the Quil­ter In­ter­na­tion­als that took on South Africa, New Zealand, Ja­pan and Aus­tralia.

The play­ground is equipped with ex­cit­ing fea­tures for the chil­dren to en­joy, such as a sand­pit, ob­sta­cle course and hop­scotch and has been part­funded by the Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Lo­cally-based play spe­cial­ists Green Scheme So­lu­tions de­signed the new play area.

Simon White, from Green Scheme, said: “We worked closely with the school to de- velop an eco-friendly play­ground, in­stalling a chal­leng­ing play trail made from re­cy­cled plas­tics and an all­weather play grass sur­face, al­low­ing the pupils to play out­side all year round.”

Mrs Turner-Moore, Chair of the Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, added: “The Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion has worked hard to raise funds for the new play­ground and we would like to thank ev­ery­one who has helped out. We are so proud to be able to pro­vide such a bril­liant fa­cil­ity for the school which will last for many years to come.”

Henry Slade vis­its his old school, Ply­mouth Col­lege Prepara­tory, to open the newly-built play area

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