With great excitement, Years 5 and 6 were the first pupils to run onto Crosfields' brand new Artificial Turf Pitch after 4 months of construction. A significant investment that enhances Crosfields' leading sporting facilities even further, the ATP replaces the grass pitches adjacent to the swimming pool and provides a 100m x 60m full size hockey/football artificial surface that can be split into 2, 3 or 4 smaller pitches as required for netball and tennis, which is great for inter-school competitions and tournaments.
Gareth Edwards, Director of Sport at Crosfields, stated "Until now the feasibility of running outdoor sports after school between October half-term and February half-term has been compromised by the lack of daylight. Pupils will now be able to benefit from the floodlighting on the ATP as it will enable the PE Department to run a larger and more diverse programme of co-curricular activities when the days are shorter. What's more, this new facility enables the school to run a more comprehensive training and fixtures programme in Hockey and Netball, and will be a key factor in the development of sport as Crosfields extends to Year 11."
The significant amount of space that we have gained, along with the investment in the new facility continues to put Crosfields School at the fore as we will have one of the largest outside sports facilities in the area. Plus, our state-of-the-art swimming facility has undoubtedly contributed to pupils’ swimming success as we currently rank 4th in the country with the IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) following the 2018 IAPS Championships held in June. These sporting opportunities, without question, place Crosfields in an enviable position amongst other Prep schools in the county.