Pupils and staff at St Neot’s School in Eversley were celebrating this week as former Olympians and parents at the school, Fred Scarlett, a member of the Men’s 8s Gold medal winning team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and Ben Sharpe, a member of the British Hockey Team who finished in 6th place at the same Olympics, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the school’s new sports facilities. These include a sports hall with a full size tennis court, five mini tennis courts, five badminton courts, netball, basketball and four indoor cricket nets, as well as a viewing gallery for spectators. A new 25m swimming pool is already being used by pupils from Nursery upwards in their weekly swimming lessons. The facilities extend outdoors to include cricket nets, full size astro, and 3 hard court tennis courts in addition to the existing pitches set within the 70 acre grounds of the school.
Following the ceremony the school hosted a Festival of Sport. Pupils enjoyed using the facilities during their games lessons in addition to competing in a number of tournaments and galas, including an U9 handball tournament in the sports hall, an U11 mixed doubles tennis tournament, an U11 hockey tournament and an U13 swimming gala. During the afternoon 6 different schools took part in the activities, with nearly 300 pupils in total enjoying the new facilities. The school is also delighted to be able to offer the facilities to the wider community with a number of local clubs making use of the hall and pool in the evenings and at weekends.
Head, Deborah Henderson, thanked all those who had been involved in the planning and development of the project.
Director of sport at the school, Jonny Smith, is delighted with the facilities: ‘Sport is an integral part of daily life at St Neot’s, with traditional sports supplemented by a wide range of sports enrichment and extra-curricular options. We look forward to taking sport to the next level with the addition of our new facilities.’