By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the school aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game of rugby. Having the new state-of-the-art facility, the school aim to strengthen the connection between professional clubs such as Harlequins and their local communities, with the growth of girl’s rugby being a key ambition.
Shaunagh Brown, England rugby international, said: “It was an absolute honour, opening Oriel High Schools brand new 3G pitches. It’s so impressive how much facilities Oriel have. It gives me faith that the future of sport is in good hands.”
Ryan Sallows, Business Manager Oriel High School, added: “The new 3G pitch is a huge asset to both the school and local community. It will make a huge difference to grassroots rugby and football in this area. We are very grateful to BAM and West Sussex County Council for supporting our ambitions with this fantastic new facility.”
Dan Evans, Chairman of Crawley Rugby Club, commented: “This new 3G pitch is an example of the positive impact that partnerships with schools can have on our grassroots game. First-class facilities like this are crucial to creating more opportunities for local people to enjoy regular sport.”
Michelle Reddings from BAM, stated: “Oriel High School deserves huge credit for taking a vision and turning it into a reality. Sport has the power to make a positive impact on the health of communities, and this wonderful new facility will improve the sporting experience of local people and encourage them to be more active. I would also like to thank Shaunagh for inspiring the students and taking the time to open the new facility.”