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School gets pitch from the London Olympics
6:33pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
“LOTS of people have all-weather pitches but ours is rather special.”
Those are the words of a delighted head teacher whose school has been given part of a hockey pitch that was used at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Children at Hordle Primary will play hockey and other sports on an artificial surface where some of the world's top athletes went for gold.
Hordle resident Kate Chapman worked for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).
She was asked to find a new use for some of the facilities that were no longer needed after the competition ended and knew that Hordle Primary wanted an all-weather pitch.
Head teacher Fiona Adams said: “We realised this was a fantastic opportunity for the school and the children to provide a legacy for future generations.”
But the pitch proved to be an expensive free gift. The school had to raise £50,000 to pay for drainage, installation and other costs.
In message to staff and pupils Lord Coe, chairman of LOCOG, said: “I know all of you worked very hard to make this happen and you should be very proud.”
Yesterday hundreds of pupils marched around the edge of the new facility in an Olympic-style opening ceremony.
Special guests included one of last year's Olympic torchbearers, Mike Clifford, 55, a teacher at Ballard School in New Milton.
The bright blue pitch was opened by Paralympic star Aaron Phipps, of Totton, who plays wheelchair basketball.
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