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School becomes first in Cornwall to have state-of-the-art sports pitch

By RWhitehouse  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

By Olivia Burton

  • Head teacher Matt Middlemore with staff member Carol Pierce, officially opening the new all weather pitch at Tregolls Academy.

  • Staff, volunteers and children from Tregolls and Archbishop Benson football teams, at the official opening of the new all weather pitch at Tregolls Academy.

  • Girls from Tregolls and Archbishop Benson football teams, using the new all weather pitch at Tregolls Academy.

  • Boys from Tregolls and Archbishop Benson football teams, using the new all weather pitch at Tregolls Academy.

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A PRIMARY school in Truro has become the first in Cornwall to have its own state-of-the-art 3G sports pitch.

Already a hit with pupils at Tregolls School school, the pitch is a welcome change to the constantly flooded field where the children used to play sports, and will enable them to train in sports such as football, rugby, and athletics whatever the weather.

Head teacher Matt Middlemore said: “It has been a massive financial investment for the school and will ensure every child gets the best opportunity to become elite athletes.”

The £75,000 needed to fund the all-weather facility was raised by the school’s Parent Teacher Association, funding from The National Lottery, and Sport England.

It seems the investment has already begun paying off, with Mr Middlemore commenting: “The pupils are on it every minute of the day and are over the moon. We have now been able to start an elite development squad.”

The day the 3G pitch was officially ready was the same day Carol Pierce, the school’s secretary for 14 years, left Tregolls, leading to the pitch being christened Pierce Park to commemorate her service to the school throughout her time there.

Mr Middlemore said: “Carol was a devoted and loyal member of staff at Tregolls School and a sports fanatic.

“She saw a lot of changes at the school over the years and this was a really significant moment for everyone at Tregolls.”

In order to mark the opening of Pierce Park the school hosted the first football match on the pitch against pupils from Archbishop Benson Primary School.

Mr Middlemore said: “It was fantastic watching them all play so brilliantly on the new 3G pitch. Well done to Archbishop Benson who won on the day and thank you all the staff and governors from both schools for making the event so memorable.

“Thank you to everyone who has made this dream facility a reality for Tregolls School.”

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