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Sports Centre development
Scarborough College, Yorkshire, celebrated the recent of cial opening of their new astroturf pitch by inviting back old boy of the College Mark Precious who gained a medal with the GB men’s hockey team in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Headmaster, Charles Ellison, commented: “This is a very exciting time for sport at the College. Over a number of decades we have built up an enviable reputation for our hockey and this new facility will allow our pupils to advance their skills further, whilst also providing a very high quality facility for the community to enjoy regularly.”
As part of the weekend celebrations the College also hosted an introduction to hockey skills day for local junior school pupils. Resident hockey coach at
the College, Brett Cunningham, provided an inspiring and energetic afternoon of hockey drills and skills for the pupils to enjoy with an enthusiastic team of supporting coaches. They were also treated to see  rst hand, two hockey Olympic medals - Mark Precious’s bronze from the 1984 Los Angeles games and Richard Dodds’s (England Captain) gold medal from the 1988 Seoul Olympic winning team.
The  nal celebration was the College’s 1st XI team playing the annual match against the College’s Alumni XI, which this year included Mark Precious, on the Sunday afternoon. A great experience for many current and past pupils to play alongside or against their very own Olympian. Needless to say, it was a great match, enjoyed by all but experience proved the winner of youth on the day with the OSA Alumni XI winning 3-1.
The King’s School, Chester, has announced the investment of £4.5m for their new state-of-the- art Sports Centre. The project is planned to begin this summer and be completed for autumn 2018, subject to planning permission.
King’s routinely plays in the region of 1000  xtures per year in competitive sports but also
has a developing range of sports designed to increase participation and  tness for all. They currently share their sports facilities with 60 local community organisations and sports clubs and the new Sports Centre, with its extra facilities, will give them even more opportunities for these partnerships.
The new King’s Sports Centre will house a multi-purpose studio
for classes such as Pilates, yoga, gymnastics and aerobics, a  tness gym suite with a dedicated
area for ergo/rowing machines and other facilities including a classroom. All visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments in the new
deli café and watch matches from the outdoor viewing terrace. New changing room facilities are to
be built and a new reception
area will lead through to the swimming pool, new changing rooms and sports hall. The centre will also be a new home for the King’s Combined Cadet Force and will be complemented with
a sports quad with a seating and landscaped area.
Director of Sport Richard Lunn said, “Sport has always been an integral part of the education at King’s and the new Sports Centre will offer our pupils the very best facilities to encourage them to participate in sport and develop
a healthy, active lifestyle. I look forward to this new development also giving King’s the opportunity to share the facilities with even more local community sports organisations than we do already, and enabling us to continue
to host many local sports tournaments and others events with much improved amenities for all.”
Meeting England’s George
Kingham Hill School, Oxfordshire, Science teacher Basil Strang tested his rugby skills against the country’s best, when the England rugby team travelled to Oxford for part of their Six Nations preparation.
The 20 man squad joined the Oxford University Varsity rugby team, for whom Basil plays  y half, for a day of training ahead of last month’s Calcutta Cup match.
Lining up alongside England’s kicking stars, Owen Farrell and George Ford, Basil got the chance to learn and re ne his skills from the expert internationals.
“It was a great experience. On a personal level it allowed me to test myself against the very best, but from a coaching point of view it was fascinating to see the level
of detail that goes into preparing a top level training session.” said Basil. “Experiences like this also have the added bene t of gaining some ‘kudos’ particularly among the rugby playing pupils.”
Pictured: Charles Ellison with Mark Precious and head of school Katie Hodgson
Sport rated ‘Excellent’
Hockey Olympian opens new Astro
Bede’s Senior School, Sussex, has become the latest independent school in the UK to successfully pass a tough assessment by Sport England’s national quality scheme, Quest – with a rating of ‘Excellent’.
Quest is the sport and leisure industry’s best-known improvement programme, with more than 650 Quest-registered sport and leisure facilities across the UK, including 121 facilities within independent schools.
To achieve the accreditation, Bede’s School’s sports facilities underwent a mystery visit and
a two-day assessment, during which a wide variety of areas – from cleaning and housekeeping to sports development – were rigorously evaluated.
David Byrne, deputy head of sports, says: “We’re constantly striving to develop and enhance the sporting experience at Bede’s. Having Quest carry out an external audit of our organisation gave us the opportunity to demonstrate both our excellent customer
service and our sports development pro le. We’re incredibly proud to have achieved ‘Excellent’ in our  rst assessment.”
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