England batsman opens school's pavilion

PUBLISHED: 13:58 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 21:48 31 May 2010

Opening of new Cricket Pavillion by Alistair Cook.
Saffron Walden County High School
June 10, 2009.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: Alistair and pupils outside the new pavillion.
Name: Alistair Cook.

Opening of new Cricket Pavillion by Alistair Cook. Saffron Walden County High School June 10, 2009. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Alistair and pupils outside the new pavillion. Name: Alistair Cook.

ENGLAND and Essex cricketer Alastair Cook is accustomed to opening the batting for club and country, but last Thursday he took charge at a different kind of opening - a school s new sports pavilion. Saffron Walden County High School s new £400,000 cricket

ENGLAND and Essex cricketer Alastair Cook is accustomed to opening the batting for club and country, but last Thursday he took charge at a different kind of opening - a school's new sports pavilion.

Saffron Walden County High School's new £400,000 cricket pavilion was officially opened by the England batsman in front of more than 100 of the school's budding cricketers.

To help pay for the facility, £50,000 of funding was provided by the England and Wales Cricket Board which recognised the relationship between the school and Saffron Walden Cricket Club.

Headteacher John Hartley said: "This partnership is an absolutely excellent example of how a school and local cricket club can work together to promote cricket amongst young people and to give them every opportunity to develop their abilities."

The cost of the pavilion was met by the grant as well as a combination of generous parental donations, fundraising efforts by the students and drawing on the school's capital allocation from central government.

The new building will act as a multipurpose facility for the school and will greatly enhance the competitive sporting experience of the students as well as visiting teams.

During the school day, however, it will be used to provide additional changing facilities for PE lessons, with the central area providing a new and much needed teaching space.

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