MP’s high praise for school’s big pitch project

Guy Opperman and Ponteland Middle School headteacher Caroline Pryer during the MP's visit to the 9x9 artificial football pitch site.
Guy Opperman and Ponteland Middle School headteacher Caroline Pryer during the MP's visit to the 9x9 artificial football pitch site.
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Ponteland’s MP is looking forward to playing his part in an event to mark the opening of a major new sporting facility.

Work recently got under way on a state-of-the-art 9x9 artificial football pitch, which will be located within the grounds of Ponteland Middle School next to the old railway line, after staff secured the £450,000 funding earlier this year.

MP Guy Opperman pays a visit ot Ponteland Middle School and its new artificial pitch and he is joined by Headteacher Caroline Pryer. 'REF 1112145897

MP Guy Opperman pays a visit ot Ponteland Middle School and its new artificial pitch and he is joined by Headteacher Caroline Pryer. 'REF 1112145897

Guy Opperman went along to the school to see the construction in progress and he discussed the project and other education matters – including the application of Continual Professional Development in Ponteland and Northumberland – with headteacher Caroline Pryer.

Former professional footballers are being invited to take part in a charity football game at the grand opening, scheduled to be in March or April, which will also feature notable people from the area and students.

The pitch will also be available for community use.

Mr Opperman, MP for Hexham said: “Ponteland Middle is an outstanding school, which is well led by Caroline Pryer.

“I was delighted to see some of the building work for the state-of-the-art pitch, which is a great investment by the Government, Sport England and the FA along with some local funding.

“It’s a bit muddy at the moment, but when it is ready it will be an excellent facility for kids in Ponteland. Although I’m not that good at football, I will definitely be playing in the charity game.”

Mrs Pryer said it was a productive visit and they are both looking forward to the grand opening.

“Guy was also pleased to hear that we’re no longer the lowest funded middle school in the country and we’ve been able to undertake some important repair and maintenance projects,” she added.