Trowbridge pitch plastic’s fantastic
Rain should no longer stop play in PE lessons at the John of Gaunt School, now the school has a new all-weather pitch.
The Trowbridge school spent more than £160,000 resurfacing the original pitch, which had been installed in 1997.
The old surface was beyond repair and the school’s governors made a decision to support the PE department and the local community, with money for the project coming from the school’s formula funding.
It will be used by pupils for hockey, lacrosse and tennis lessons, and also by many community groups who share the school’s facilities.
They include Trow-bridge Rangers, Trow-bridge Wanderers, Trow- bridge Town, Bradford on Avon, Holt and Steeple Ashton youth football teams.
Karen Diffey,who is the school’s finance and business director, said: “The old surface was beyond repair and the governors made a decision to support the PE department and the local community.
“We have a tremendous community link with various football clubs, particularly with the junior clubs who would struggle to be on normal football pitches.
“The school will use it in the daytime, but we are open to lettings in the evening for any other groups who might want to use it.”
Headteacher Andy Packer said: “The all-weather pitch is a huge asset to the school and the community. It looks and feels fantastic, and has a real wow factor.”
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