FOOTBALLING LEGEND Paul Scholes made a special visit to Friezland Primary School to officially open their new multi-use games area in style.
Excited pupils and staff gathered in the sunshine for the launch of the brightly-coloured, all-weather pitch, which has been affectionately nicknamed the MUGA.
Headteacher MrsMeadham thanked everyone involved, from staff to contractors, before Mr Scholes cut the shiny green ribbon to declare the area open.
The facility was turned from a dream into a reality thanks to a £30,000 Sport England grant secured by staff members Mrs Wilson and Mrs Neild, along with £4,500 raised by the school.
Delighted Mrs Meadham said at the opening: “I imagined something I used to play hockey on at school which was full of grit and hurt when you fell on it. But this is bright, exciting and wonderful.
“We love sport here and we are very good for a small school. This will help us be even more competitive now and hopefully win even more things.”
The new pitch offers a space for pupils to use in break times as well as PE lessons to play a variety of sports including football, netball and basketball.
Mr Scholes, who spent time signing autographs and shirts, added: “This is a brilliant facility and something like this will make a big difference for the school.
“The all-weather pitch will be great in the winter months so they can still use it to play so many different sports.”