Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hordle school gets London 2012 hockey pitch

The new pitches at Hordle C of E Primary School
Image caption The artificial surface has made two sports pitches at Hordle C of E Primary School

Half of a hockey pitch used during London 2012 has been turned into two new sports pitches at a Hampshire school.

The artificial blue and pink surface used during the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been installed at Hordle C of E Primary School.

In the past, flooding on the school's existing field led to some outdoor sports lessons being cancelled.

Paralympic rugby player Aaron Phipps opened the "Olympitch" earlier.

The pitch was donated to the school, free of charge, following a successful bid to Locog, the Games' organising committee.

'Olympic legacy'

The artificial surface has been relaid to make two sports pitches that will be used by pupils for hockey and football as well as during break times and for after school clubs.

Headteacher Fiona Adams said: "In the past we have had some challenging issues with flooding on the pitch which has affected children's PE lessons.

"We have worked very hard to resolve these for the new pitch. Rain will no longer stop play."

Phipps, 30, of Totton, Southampton, said: "The 2012 Olympic legacy was to ensure that there were positive repercussions from hosting the Games to be felt across the UK for generations to come.

"Relaying part of the Olympic hockey pitch at the school is a prime example of fulfilling that legacy and will provide a fantastic sporting environment for the children, local community and for future generations."

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