Chris Hill

Students at a Norfolk high school and college will soon be enjoying playing sports on a brand new playing field.

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Students at a Norfolk high school and college will soon be enjoying playing sports on a brand new playing field.

The 16-acre sports facility was handed over to Reepham High School and College on Thursday by sports turf specialist Turfdry, which transformed the former agricultural land into what has been described as a “first class facility.”

Principal Chris Hassell said: “It is a wonderful resource for the school and the community. It will allow many people to participate in sport and be able to enjoy first class facilities.”

Norfolk County Council bought the land for the playing field, and the project to transform it into a new sports facility cost £280,000 and was overseen by Norfolk County Services. Although the playing field has been handed over to the school and college, it will not be used fully until September because the grass will need time to take root.

The school hopes to hold an opening of the playing field during a sports day later this term. The athletics track, which includes a viewing area, will be marked out this term, then the hockey, rugby and football pitches will be ready for use in the autumn, and the cricket pitch will be marked out by next summer. There will also be a golf area, and a section has been left aside to be developed as a science area. The new facility replaces Reepham's old playing field which the school's new sixth form block is now built on.

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