England batsman opens school's pavilion
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."
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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.
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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.