School is a 'blueprint' for sporting ambitions
A BOSTON primary school has been described as 'inspirational' during a visit from the Minister of State for Sport.
MP Hugh Robertson officially opened Tower Road Academy's Olympic 2012-inspired track and outdoor sports and fitness facilities.
The new sporting facilities cost £150,000 and were funded by the school's own delegated budget together with a £6,000 grant from the John Lawton Educational Foundation.
Facilities include a four lane 420-metre track, two lanes with a soft running surface, two lanes with tarmac surface for cycling, scooters and roller skates, a multi-games sports surface plus much more.
Opening the facilities, Mr Robertson, who attended with Boston's MP Mark Simmonds, said: "Mark invited me to come and see this fantastic project.
"Projects like this do not happen by accident.
"Experts say that if you want to win a gold medal in athletics the best distance to learn to run is 400 metres. the school field is 425 meters. If you want to get a gold medal you need to run around the track every lunchtime."
Mr Robertson took along an Olympic Torch to show the children.
He added: "This school is a blueprint. I did not realise how good the facilities were going to be.
"This school has been inspirational.
"The children are smiling and enjoying taking part in sports. Every primary school wants this for future generations.
"There are some inspirational children here, some of which have the potential to go on to be Olympic medalists."
Tower Road Academy sats it aims to put physical education, sport, health and fitness at the heart of school life to create an "active generation."
After opening Tower Road's sporting facilities, Mr Robertson opened new state-of-the-art £333,000 changing facilities at Wyberton Sports and Social Club.
The new changing rooms replaced wooden huts and a tin shed.
The new facilities have been adapted for use by people with disabilities.
Funding for the ambitious project came from the Football Foundation which gave half the cost, WREN which donated £75,000, Sport England which awarded £50,000 and a host of local organisations, from Wyberton Playing Fields Association to the Over-60s Club.
Chairman of the playing field association, Lynda van den Berg and project chairman Paul Spencer said it had been an ongoing project for a number of years and thanked all who had been involved.
Mr Spencer said the club will continue to make improvements in years to come.
After opening the building Mr Robertson said: "This passes my test when people don't just say that's done. This is stage one and you are going to take this a whole lot further."