Paralympic star Ollie Hynd helps Kirkby school unveil new play surface

Pupils from the Orchard Primary School form a guard of honour for special guests Coun John Knight and Paralympian Ollie Hynd after they officially opened their new multi-sports court at the Kirkby school on Monday.
Pupils from the Orchard Primary School form a guard of honour for special guests Coun John Knight and Paralympian Ollie Hynd after they officially opened their new multi-sports court at the Kirkby school on Monday.

PARALYMPIC gold medalist Ollie Hynd is pictured with Ashfield District Council leader John Knight and pupils during the official opening of a new multi-sports court at Kirkby’s Orchard Primary School.

The all-weather surface cost £25,000 and will cater for a range of sports, including football, basketball and hockey.

The school has spent more than two years fundraising for the new facility, with pupils raising an estimated £12,500 through a variety of sponsored walks, bike rides and discos.

Headteacher Rob Cook said the surface would help the school expand on their sporting reputation.

“We think it is important that we develop the children’s bodies as well as their mind and this is fantastic for the school,” he said.

“We have been very successful at sport in recent years, but one thing we have never had is a surface for pupils to use when it rains. Now we have a facility that the children can use to practice on in all weather.

“The pupils have put a lot of effort in to help make this possible. It was also great having Ollie with us for the opening. He is a former pupil and a hero at the school and everyone here is very proud of him and what he has achieved.

“Ollie has worked so hard and is a perfect role model for our young children.”