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Sporting superstars launch all weather pitch
Hockey Hotspots
Two schools in Surrey have been chosen as Performance Centres for England Hockey.
Caterham School and Woldingham School will serve as bases to train the most talented youngsters in the region.
Caterham’s Peter Friend
has been appointed Head Coach for Girls at the North Downs Performance Centre. Woldingham’s hockey coach Andy Rogers is Centre Director for the Southern Counties Hockey Association.
Abbey Gate College, Cheshire, welcomed four sporting superstars to launch the next phase of the major developments to the sports provision at the senior school site.
Former England footballer Michael Owen (pictured) who is patron of the fundraising committee, was accompanied by Britain’s greatest
ever female gymnast Beth Tweddle, Phil Roper who is a member of the GB Hockey Team and Andrew Small who achieved a bronze medal in the T33 100m sprint in Rio 2016.
Guests at the event heard Headmistress, Mrs Tracy Pollard, outline the sporting vision of the College and launch the next
phase of the fund-raising efforts. Mrs Pollard made reference to the bene ts that sport can bring to students of all levels of ability and said: “Today marks an important point in our journey at Abbey Gate College in creating even better sporting facilities for the bene t
of all our pupils, from the very youngest in Foundation Stage to the oldest in the Sixth Form.
“Our desire and vision is to extend the provision of sport for all age groups, all year round and to create a culture of being active, healthy and happy”.
After opening a new teaching and sports pavilion in June 2016, which comprises of a classroom/gym space, kitchen, changing facilities and
state of the art gym, the College’s development committee are now aiming to raise funds to build an all-weather playing surface.
Sportswear brand GFORCE has revealed its latest range which is aimed at the schools market.
GFORCE Teamwear has unveiled ‘GFORCE Essentials’ which provides cost effective sports kits to schools who are looking to create a bespoke look for its sporting teams.
Simon Ward, Sales Director of GFORCE, said: “We’re really excited about the launch of our new GFORCE Essentials range – it is ideal for schools who need to keep a careful eye on spend but also want to invest in the appearance of their students and sports teams.”
Scuba diving for schools
With seven designs across the
more popular garments and
availability in a core range of
school colours, Essentials offers
a cost effective way for schools
to bene t from the performance
and quality that has become
Pictured: (l to r) Simon Ward, sales director, and Gary Lory, managing director, of GFORCE
associated with GFORCE Teamwear products.
Simon added: “We have been supplying school sportswear for many years, but the introduction
of the GFORCE Teamwear brand
in 2008 was a game changer for us. As GFORCE has continued to gain traction in the market and increase in popularity now seems like the perfect time to broaden the offering out to an even wider range of schools, hence the development of GFORCE Essentials.
“The range incorporates garments such as games shirts, t-shirts, shorts and skorts and we believe that this latest offering will satisfy a current gap in the school sportswear market.”
Scuba diving offers an inspiring, fun  lled educational school adventure that will leave magical memories.
Diving offers children and
adults a unique and unrivalled experience combining adventure, adrenaline, exercise, exploration, tranquillity and relaxation. Children as young at eight can experience what it’s like to be completely weightless, and to delve into a world that covers 70% of the planet yet one that most will never witness.
For children, an introduction
to the world of scuba diving opens up boundless opportunity for learning and development. The education into our
world’s precious oceans and
the fascinating and fragile environment they support can spark a lifelong passion spanning personal and career development. Kids will discover countless species of marine life as they embark on a journey to learn about the importance of marine
conservation and the role that they can play.
Scuba diving has obvious relevance to many educational studies bringing to life subjects such as physics, geography, history and biology, and using disciplines like maths and with tangible results. The real joy of diving is that in the underwater ‘playground’, unlike almost every other sports discipline, it can be safely enjoyed by children of all physical abilities.
Oyster offer a full range of services to schools from teaching PADI scuba diving courses in the UK to organising fully inclusive dive trips to destinations around the world.
Tel: 01273 420790
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