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Paralympic rugby player joins pupils at “Olympitch” opening
PUPILS and staff at Hordle Primary School were joined by Paralympic rugby player Aaron Phipps for the opening of their new Olympitch.
The artificial surface was first used at the hockey venue of the 2012 Olympic Games but has been laid in the grounds of the school in keeping with the Games’ aim of being sustainable.
A team from Namgrass has spent the last eight weeks preparing it and headteacher Fiona Adams said the New Forest school was delighted to receive the pitch free of charge.
“We realised this was a fantastic opportunity for the school and the children to provide a legacy for future generations” she said.
“In the past we have had some challenging issues with flooding on the pitch which has affected children’s PE lessons. We have worked very hard to resolve this and rain will no longer stop play.”
The school even received a letter from Lord Coe, chairman of the Olympic organising committee, on the day of the formal opening.
It said: “I am so sorry that I cannot be with you at the opening ceremony of your Olympitch. I know that all of Team Hordle have worked very hard to make this happen and you should be very proud.”
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