Students and staff at Charles Read Academy, Corby Glen, welcomed England international footballer Sue Smith to officially open their new 3G all-weather sports pitch.
As part of the grand opening, the academy invited pupils from Ingoldsby Academy, Corby Glen Community Primary, Bourne Abbey CE Primary, Ropsley CE Primary and The Bythams Primary School to take part in football masterclasses and tournaments throughout the day.
Students in Years 9 and 10 from the academy were also treated to an exclusive training session with Peterborough United Manager Dave Robertson.
Sue said: “I am so pleased to be part of such a special event. The pitch looks brilliant, it’s perfect for football training and tournaments. In fact, we use something similar when training in the winter months.
She added: “It’s fantastic to see so much enthusiasm for sport and I have no doubt that these facilities will open up even more opportunities for people in the local area.”
The primary school pupils, along with members of the local community joined the students and staff at Charles Read as Sue unveiled a plaque, officially declaring the facilities open.
Mr Sloan, Principal of Charles Read Academy, said: “The students have been eagerly watching the development of the site over the last few months, so they are very excited to be able to start using these incredible new facilities.
“We chose to name the pitch in memory of Bailey Drew, a popular Year 7 student and keen sportsman, who sadly passed away last year. Our hope is that the pitch will become a central part of our community and I can’t wait to see the difference it will make to academy life.”
Wendy Marshall, Chief Executive of the David Ross Education Trust, added: “As a Trust we are committed to investing in facilities to enhance the learning environment for our students, so in addition to the recent refurbishment of the science labs, music suite and Year 7 hub, this pitch will really enrich the sporting opportunities on offer at Charles Read Academy.”
The sports pitch can be booked for community use on weekday evenings, in the school holidays and at weekends. For further information contact the academy on 3Gpitch@charlesreadacademy.co.uk or call 01476 550333.