A brand-new sports pitch at a Coventry school is almost ready to open – and it will not just be for the benefit of pupils.
Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, has had a 3G flood lit, multi-purpose pitch built on its grounds for the use of both the school and the wider community.
The all-weather pitch will allow pupils to play a variety of sports, such as football, rugby and Gaelic football.
The Academy will lease the pitch out to the general public, which fits with its strategy of engaging more widely with community groups.
Kevin Shakespeare, Principal at Corpus Christi, felt the new pitch would be a superb addition to the school.
He said: “We are absolutely delighted that our new 3G pitch is almost ready to open – it will be such an important asset to Corpus Christi and this area in years to come.
“At Corpus Christi, we strive to make sure that our pupils have a well-rounded education in the classroom and plenty of opportunities to play sport and keep fit.
“This 3G pitch means our pupils will be able to play several sports in a top-class facility in all weathers, which should help them to develop a real love of playing sport.
“It will also be a fantastic resource for the community too – with such an excellent facility on people’s doorsteps, we’d encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of it.
“We can’t wait for our pupils and the public to start using the pitch.”
Patrick Taggart, Business Director at the Romero Catholic Academy, added: “The opening of this amazing 3G pitch is wonderful news for Corpus Christi, the Romero Catholic Academy and community groups.
“We are keen to encourage people to hire out the pitch and want our facilities to benefit as many people as possible.
“We are increasing community activities across our schools and we are planning to open our swimming pool at Cardinal Wiseman to community groups in the near future. I welcome enquiries from interested parties on [email protected]”
Picture: Former professional footballer Jamie Forrester (back left), of CCGrass which supplied the grass for the pitch, joins Patrick Taggart (back right), of Romero Catholic Academy, as well as pupils and staff from Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School on the brand new pitch.