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Stars shine at festival of sport

BIG names from the world of sport turned out to help introduce All Hallows students to their new sports centre.

BIG names from the world of sport turned out to help introduce All Hallows students to their new sports centre.

The Weybourne school hosted a festival of PE and sport to promote its new leisure facilities.

The week-long celebration got off to a flying start with a visit from World Cup trampoline champion Claire Wright.

Year 7 students witnessed an impressive display as she reached for the ceiling of the enormous sports hall, performing a series of somersaults, turns and jumps.

Meanwhile coaches from Aldershot Town FC and Aldershot Tennis Club worked with individual students and small groups to boost their skills.

At the end of the week the school welcomed Olympic hockey gold medallist Steve Bachelor.

Steve, who won gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, let everyone hold his medal then demonstrated his skills and gave an enthusiastic talk on the sport.

But the highlight for many was the appearance of Diane Youdale, better known as Jet from Gladiators.

The TV star led Year 9 girls in a dance workshop - the first of its kind to be held in the brand new dance studio, a feature of the sports centre.

Working on a funky piece of hip-hop and jazz, the students were so keen they carried on through the lunch break to perfect the routine.

The new sports centre officially opens next month and will also offer a fully equipped fitness suite and a conference area.

Louise Morell, head of PE at the school, highlighted just how much the new building will be a bonus to the work of the school's PE department.

She said: "We have had to wait a long time for this wonderful new sports centre but the wait has been completely worthwhile.

"Now we have facilities which are second to none and our students couldn't wish for more. I am very grateful to all those who have made our sport festival such a success."

Our picture shows Diane (left), Steve and Claire with All Hallows pupils.


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