On Friday 29th January Abbey Gate College welcomed four sporting superstars to launch the next phase of the major developments to the sports provision at the senior school site in Saighton.
Former England footballer Michael Owen, 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 fundraising efforts. Mrs Pollard made reference to the benefits 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 benefit 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 that will benefit all students at the college, as well as members of the local community.