13th July 2016
An Ace Day Out - Official opening of new multi-sports facility at Charlestown Primary School, part of the Atlantic Centre of Excellence Multi Academy Trust.
Pupils from St Agnes, St Columb Major and St Columb Minor met on Wednesday to celebrate the official opening of Charlestown Schools’ new all-weather multi-sports facility.
The event was formally opened by former British Judo champion, Declan Byrne, who has recently finished studying at Truro College and plans to go on to become a primary teacher. Declan, who recently completed work experience in Charlestown, said, “It is a real privilege to be able to come here today and open this new facility. The kids are very fortunate to have such a fabulous new sports area. They have had a lovely time this afternoon.”
Following a gymnastics and dance display by the host school, pupils aged from 6 to 11 took part in a variety of track and field events in an inter-school team challenge. Older pupils christened the new pitch by playing the first ever hockey tournament on its artificial surface.
Charlestown Headteacher Stephen Gibson commented, “We recently opened our new extension, which will allow the school to expand to 420 pupils. This new sports facility is the next phase in our plan to provide the best possible facilities we can for the children of Charlestown and the wider community. We are currently awaiting confirmation from Cornwall Council that funding is available for floodlights. This will allow us to let the pitches to local sports clubs during evenings, weekends and school holidays.”
The competing schools are all members of the ACE Multi Academy Trust which is one of Cornwall’s oldest MAT’s. It currently has seven member schools and over 2,400 pupils across Cornwall and Devon. Executive Principal Jennie Walker added, “We are delighted to be able to open the facility in the best way possible – by having the pupils compete as part of a team. We plan to make this a regular summer event.”