Double Olympic gold winning cyclist Phil Hindes delivered a £20,000 boost to put Acresfield Primary School on track towards getting a new astroturf facility.
The sprint star took time out of his busy training schedule to present the school with a bumper cheque from Aldi’s Kit for Schools campaign, which parents earned by collecting stickers during shopping trips.
Now the cash will be put towards a project to install an all-weather surface which is expected to be in place before next winter.
Headteacher Mike Dixon said: “We always enjoy visits from inspirational people, and it was an added bonus that Phil came with a cheque for £20,000!
“We’re going to add it to funding already raised by the Friends of Acresfield, and we hope to have the artificial grass installed over the next few months,
“This will give our children the opportunity to play on the sports field throughout the year, during lunch time and breaks, as well as during PE lessons.”
Acresfield, near Chester Zoo, is one of only 20 schools in the country to win the top £20,000 prize in the Aldi campaign.
The visit of Hindes, who won team sprint gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games and defended the title four years later at Rio, was an extra bonus for the excited children.
He wowed them with stories about his extensive training routine, his joy at topping the podium at the world’s biggest sporting event, and the fact that he can get his bike up to speeds of 60mph on the road!
It is the latest chapter in an exciting time for Acresfield, which opened a new nursery and joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) last year.
The Ofsted ‘outstanding’ primary is already one of the highest performing in Cheshire West, and was named one of the top 75 primaries in England by The Sunday Times, based on SATs results.
Mr Dixon says joining NWAT has huge additional benefits for pupils, including sharing resources with the Trust’s other schools such as Delamere Academy, near Northwich, and St Martin’s Academy, Chester, which are both also rated ‘outstanding’.
He said: “It is important that we don’t stop at ‘outstanding’ – we want to give children the best possible education.
“By sharing ideas and best practice with other schools within the trust we can challenge ourselves to be even better.”
Acresfield is rated the second best primary in West Cheshire according to the Real Schools Guide, just pipped to top spot by Delamere.
Steve Docking CEO of NWAT, said: “Acresfield is a hugely successful school, not only in terms of their excellent SATs results, but also because they are thriving school with happy, engaged children.
“The school shares our ambitions and ethos and I think we have an exciting year ahead.”
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