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New sports facility at Woodbridge School a 'big boost', says Olympian hockey coach

A new sports facility at a Suffolk school has been hailed a "big boost" by its Olympian hockey coach.

The state-of-the-art all-weather Astro Pitch at Woodbridge School is set to be unveiled next month.

The school's head of hockey, South African field hockey player and double Olympian in 2008 and 2012, Mariette Rix, is eager to launch the new facility.

The new TigerTurf surface being laid on the Astro Pitch at Woodbridge School. Picture: Woodbridge School
The new TigerTurf surface being laid on the Astro Pitch at Woodbridge School. Picture: Woodbridge School

She said: “Excitement is building every day we see the new surface and upgraded facilities progress, and this new, improved artificial pitch will be a big boost to the Sports Department at both the Senior and Prep School.

“Staff and pupils have spoken about ‘when we get a new pitch’ for some time and to see it become a reality is the biggest pleasure and privilege.

"I can’t wait to see our players try new skills and continue to play exciting hockey on the new state-of-the-art TigerTurf!”

Woodbridge School appointed specialists in synthetic turf technology McArdle Sport Tec to refurbish its existing facility.

They are replacing the previous sand-filled surface with a more advanced sand-dressed TigerTurf system, for enhanced performance and durability, and covering all aspects of refurbishment, including drainage, Macadam base, shock pad, artificial turf installation, fencing, as well as improved LED floodlighting.

The pitch will be used by the senior school’s hockey teams – which include 15 County players and two England Hockey Performance Centre players – as well as by Woodbridge School Prep for some of its hockey games lessons.

It will also provide a valuable facility for other sports and activities, such as PE, cricket and football.

Outside of school sports practice, the pitch will be available for private hire, and the school will also be looking for new ways in which it can be used to support the local community.

Shona Norman, head of Woodbridge School, said: “At Woodbridge School, we develop fully-rounded individuals for the world today, and sport plays a key part in this holistic education.

"We have been committed to refurbishing our existing Astro Pitch for some time and, now, we have been able to bring this important upgrade forward into the Summer holidays, to the tremendous benefit of all our students.

“We look forward to unveiling our new-look Astro Pitch in October.”

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