England’s Football Star opens new Multi Use Games Area

16th September 2013

Football Star in the North East

Hinderwell’s England soccer star Beth Mead went back to her roots on Thursday to encourage youngsters at her former school to follow in her sporting footsteps on the new multi use games area.

England Football star Beth Mead stood in front of STM sign

England’s U19 Woman’s Football Star returns back to the North East

Oakridge Community Primary School welcomed Beth, the ladies under 19 striker, who plays for England and Sunderland, to officially open their new all-weather playground multi use games area installed by Synthetic Turf Management. Installed over the summer holidays, the innovative artificial grass which makes it suitable for a variety of sports, is ensuring pupils at the village school have even more opportunities to get active.

Beth Mead England’s Football Star

Beth Mead - England Football Superstar support grass route level sport development.

“It’s great to see a primary school on my own doorstep recognising the importance of sports and fitness – I just wish it had been here when I was at this school. This facility will be well used and make a real difference to the lives of the children, ensuring they can stay healthy and active throughout the year”. -Beth Mead England under 19 Woman’s Football. 

Oakridge Primary School MUGA logo mat with children playing

Oakridge Primary School North East new MUGA

The school is already using the area for its after-school football and multi skills clubs as well as daily playtimes.

Oakridge Primary School MUGA with pupils playing tennis on it

Community use of new MUGA facility in the North East

‘The children were delighted to see the new playground after the summer break and couldn’t wait to try it out. The low-maintenance turf provides a surface which is suitable for lots of different sports, including football, hockey and tennis so it will definitely be used to its full potential. “It shows that as a school we are committed to providing the best facilities we can for our pupils. We know this will encourage the students to get fit and healthy while enjoying their favourite sports and games in a safe way”. - Head teacher Nance Wrigley


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