Artificial active

Rudheath Senior Academy opens £53,000 artificial sports pitch

RUDHEATH Senior Academy has opened a new £53,000 artificial pitch as part of its £8million upgrades programme.

The school has been without a synthetic sports surface for five years, after the previous pitch was condemned for security reasons while a now-defunct trust was in charge.

But North West Academies Trust (NWAT) took over in 2018 and immediately launched an ambitious plan to make huge improvements across the board.

Now a generous £20,000 donation from Rudheath and Witton Together has helped pay for a facility that will make a huge difference to the school and surrounding community.

Principal Lee Barber said: “We invited Rudheath and Witton together to discuss how we could make the school a hub for the community.

“Astroturf is part of a larger initiative to make our on-site recreation facilities more accessible to the community.

“Terrain already makes a huge difference to PE lessons, especially during the winter months when it has doubled our PE footprint. Simply put, we can do so much more now.

“This has been particularly important coming out of lockdown when we really need to get students moving. We pay particular attention to health and well-being.”

Mr Barber, who sits on the board of Rudheath and Witton Together, believes it is important to open up the facility to local sports teams and groups.

He added: “We have a commitment to the community and we want to see the sports facilities open in the evenings and on weekends so that they are regularly used by our community.”

Heidi Bibby, project manager for Rudheath and Witton Together, said: “Rudheath and Witton Together is a great local project which received £1million in 2013.

“The project is supported by local residents to make the neighborhood an even more pleasant place to live.

“We are now in the final two years of the project and we are delighted to be able to help fund the new Rudheath Senior Academy sports ground and bring it back into use, not only for the school but also for the community at large. large.”