At the School currently there is a flurry of excitement amongst hockey players and footballers alike as the work on the 'Artificial' pitch nears completion. Last term, following a six-figure donation by the Old Ellesmerian Trust, the School’s Council took the decision to go ahead and install the pitch on part of the additional land which has been bought in 2009.
The pitch will further enhance the sporting facilities at the School and in particular for Hockey. The pupils and staff, particularly those who teach sport, are now looking forward to the use of this great addition to our facilities which is scheduled to be ready before the end of this term. Girls’ hockey team representatives from the 1st Team were invited by Helen Davenport, Head of Physical Education, to visit the site and appreciate the enormity of the size of the pitch. Helen commented, ’It was great to return to the School at the beginning of term and see the progress that has been made with the final touches being added. The hockey coaches and pupils are delighted by this development and look forward to the all-year round on-site training possibilities that the All Weather pitch will give us.’
Ian Williams, Director of Sport added, ‘Like all aspects of sports’ coaching at Ellesmere College, Girls’ Hockey is taken seriously and there is every opportunity for aspiring young elite athletes to train and develop their abilities towards gaining representative honours. For many years the College annually enjoys strong representation in Girls’ Hockey at County and Regional levels. The combination of the existing first-class coaching and this additional training facility should enable us to further develop the already excellent opportunities that exist at Ellesmere College for talented hockey players.’