29 May 2015
Stuart Lancaster has recently opened a state of the art 3G facility at Kettlethorpe High School. The England Rugby Head Coach was a teacher at the school from 1992–2000. The facility was completed in February 2015 with a Notts Sport’s design that was installed by Cleveland Land Services and has truly set the standard.
The facility is 97x61m in size and is a 60mm 3G pitch, which meets FIFA and IRB standards making the pitch suitable for rugby and football. An additional 36-bay car park area was also installed to make access to the pitch more convenient.
Stuart Lancaster had this to say about the facility and how it has affected the school and the community:
“I think for me the pitch has completely transformed the school. I was here from 1992 to 2000 so it’s 15 years ago and the school hasn’t changed at all but the big change has been the pitch. I remember being at the school and we only had one grass pitch for everyone. The school was massive at the time and I still think it is big now, 1500 kids. That is a lot of people on one pitch and we used to go through the winter months playing on mud and frozen pitches and ramming people into sports halls because we didn’t have a pitch we could play on. This covers all the bases for the school, and the community can use it as well in the evening and weekends...You can even play contact rugby on it. With the floodlighting as well you can use it all the time. I think it has transformed the school and I think it could be the key for the school and community linking together.”
Stuart Lancaster wasn’t the only person singing the praises of the new multi-use facility. When Kettlethorpe’s head teacher was asked if he would recommend Notts Sport he had this to say:
“Absolutely, they have been tremendous. There were questions that we were worried about; planning permission, how best to get the site into play, who to use as contractors and issues that came along when going through the process. We have a positive relationship that we will take into the future and no doubt we will be working with them again with projects that we have got lined up for next year.”