Olympic pedigree turf for Grantham schoolchildren

New astroturf at Ambergate Sports College. Richard Curnow and Cameron Thompson. 271D
New astroturf at Ambergate Sports College. Richard Curnow and Cameron Thompson. 271D
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Ambergate Sports College has taken delivery of astro turf that once graced the Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

Here, during the London 2012 Olympics, it acted as the flooring for all shooting and archery events. It was on this turf that Pete Wilson, of Team GB shot to fame, winning the gold medal in the double trap shooting event.

The Grantham school has had the turf re-laid as a place for pupils to partake in sports such as football and hockey. A 100m running track has also been drawn out.

The turf was donated free of charge to the special school by HB Sports Surfaces, of Nottingham, the original contractors of the Woolwich site. When the Games finished they decided to pass the turf on to good causes, such as schools with insufficient funds to pay for new turf themselves.

On discovering the new turf’s Olympic pedigree, both the children and staff were “thrilled to bits”, said the school’s Jacki Bartram.