We were honoured to welcome Team GB and Welsh Hockey star, Sarah Jones, to officially open the school’s new Astroturf last week.
Sarah Jones, who, alongside her Team GB teammates, won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics joined the school’s Headmaster, Rob Carnevale and Director of Sport, Kerry Marshall to open the new Astroturf in front of the school’s 700 pupils.
Rougemont begins to introduce hockey in the curriculum from the tender age of 4 with pupils playing formal hockey fixtures at age 7, so it was fitting that one of the country’s brightest hockey stars should come and officially mark the occasion.
Welsh International Sarah Jones spoke to the pupils and encouraged them to continue their love of sport as they will all now access the new Astroturf to play a variety of sports including hockey, football, cricket and tennis. She also participated in a hockey training session with pupils in the Prep School as well as showcasing her coveted medal leaving the pupils in awe.
Rougemont’s Director of Sport, Kerry Marshall added “The redevelopment of our AstroTurf facility is extremely exciting for the future of sport at Rougemont School. It is another positive step in a long term strategy to produce some of the best sports teams that the school has ever seen. More specifically, the AstroTurf development will enable hockey to thrive and excel over the next ten years. In which time we aim to grow players with international potential and create teams that can compete on a national stage.”
Moreover, the school’s Astroturf serves a great purpose in the local community with the facility used by various local teams and organisations every evening and weekend making sport even more accessible across the community.