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Old and new reunite to open Kingsdown School's new hockey pitches
EX-PUPILS renewed some old rivalries with staff to test out the new astroturf pitch at Kingsdown School.
The group of around 30 hockey players, comprised of current staff and former pupils, took to the new 3G pitches on Tuesday night and the teachers came out on top, winning 2-1.
Orgainsers Lesley Bayliss, the school’s community manager, and PE teacher Helen Wright, led the line against the former pupils and Lesley said she was delighted with how the evening went.
She added that it was down to the school’s new alumni programme which had reconnected with many of the former pupils in the area and led to the popularity of the event.
“It was fantastic to see so many pupils return and it was a real community atmosphere,” she said.
“The staff won 2-1 so we had bragging rights, which is always good, and it was a good test for the new astroturf pitch. “The headteacher, Wendy Conaghan, played and many of the ex-pupils also remembered Charles North, who has been working here since the 1970s.
“It was nice to see a lot of them are now doing very well and are also taking their sport on into their adult lives. “We launched the alumni programme last year and it has been really successful. “We have had pupils come in and do motivational talks, helping in classes and even DJ-ing at the school prom. “This event went so well we would like to make it an annual event.”
Lesley said the new pitch was to be a community asset and was to become available for hire among community groups in the coming weeks.
She added: “It will be available to the public to hire in the coming weeks but at the moment it is just being used by the children. “This was the first time it had been tested by adults and it was brilliant.”
Anyone wishing to inquire about hiring the pitch should contact Lesley on 01793 822284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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