Becket Keys School welcomes West Ham footballer to open new sports hall
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:53 21 September 2018
A West Ham premier league footballer was welcomed to a school to open its new multi-million pound sports hall.
Newly signed footballer Ryan Fredericks visited Becket Keys Church of England School, Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, to cut the ribbon in front of students, staff, school governors and special guests including the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Sheila Murphy.
He said: “The children are extremely lucky to have a brand new facility such as this.
“It is always a pleasure to come out to the community and do these sorts of visits, and to see so many happy faces makes it even better.
“I hope the children have many productive years in the Sports Hall and are able to pursue their sporting dreams.”
The new £2.5million sports hall boasts a huge four court badminton hall, cricket nets, basketball hoops, five-a-side football pitch and volleyball court and a 680m2 Gerflor Taraflex performance floor, the same surface used in many elite sporting venues.
There are also new modern changing facilities that are accessible for disabled use.
As well as students being able to take advantage of the new facilities, the sports hall will be open for community use in the evenings and weekends and will host the Brentwood Fun Run and half marathon in March.Headteacher Scott Evans said: “This is a wonderful new facility for our school.
“We always said that sport would be a specialism and a priority when we opened the school.
“It is great to see sport continuing to flourish here and this new hall will help our students to succeed in a number of their favourite pursuits.”