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The Dukeries Active Zone

Our fantastic third generation football pitch was opened by local-born stars Dean Windass, Nick Barmby and Joe Lamplough on Friday 7th November 2009. The pitch is the first of its kind for a primary school in the region and cost more than £140,000. This cost was jointly funded by the Football Foundation, Hull City Council and UEFA. The pitch incorporates the latest technology in synthetic turf which is much safer for children to play on as there is less risk of trips or falls. It replaces the school’s 40 year old pitch. Head teacher, Melissa Milner, believes the pitch will benefit the entire community. Mrs Milner said: “The development of the new facilities really has been a community led project and everyone has shown determination and can be proud of what they have achieved. The site is already being fully utilised during the school day though PE and other activities and many local sports groups have been using it on evenings and weekends. Its great to see a project like this bring the local community together”. The school held a day of activities for the pupils to celebrate the occasion, including a five-a-side football tournament, a staff, local coaches and ex-pupil tournament, buffet for the local community and activities including face painting run by the Friends of Thoresby. We have full use of the facility during school hours, but it is available for community use out of school hours, at weekends and during school holidays.