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Four Cruyff Courts officially opened

14 July 2023

Pupils and staff from Ashbrooke, Cedar House, Hartwell and Oversands schools celebrated the official opening of their ‘Special Cruyff Courts,’ developed in partnership with the Johan Cruyff Foundation.

The schools extended a warm welcome to the Cruyff Team as they inaugurated their Courts, with pupils showcasing their remarkable talent and impeccable teamwork on the pitch, which was met with tremendous excitement and celebration. 

The Foundation supports and develops impactful sports and play projects in more than 20 countries worldwide. This initiative also helps support children with special needs by creating safe spaces where they can practice a variety of sports enabling them to grow, make friends and help improve their physical and mental well-being.

On Tuesday 27 June, in Cumbria, Cedar House and Oversands schools enjoyed the opening of their Courts with much excitement.

Stephen Salt, Head Teacher of Cedar House School, commented:

"We are delighted with our new Cruyff Court, particularly the pupils who were very keen to use the new facilities. It will be a great asset to the school, where pupils' sensory needs will be met through physical activity and play, leading to enhanced classroom learning readiness."

Echoing this excitement, Ed Sheratt, Head Teacher of Oversands School, commented: 

"The Cruyff Court opening and the values of the Foundation provided a real celebration. It was an all-inclusive team tournament looking to be victorious and secure the new Cruyff Cup. Despite the weather, lots of fun was had and as predicted, the winners were decided by a tense penalty shoot-out. A great day for everyone."

On Thursday 29 June, it was the turn of Ashbrooke and Hartwell schools to experience the official opening, which did not disappoint. 

Clare Read, Head Teacher of Ashbrooke School commented: 

"The Cruyff Court opening was an amazing experience for all pupils involved. It represented how central to the life of the school the Cruyff Court has become and how it supports our pupils to develop both socially and academically. It was a fantastic afternoon filled with fun, learning and laughter." 

Pete Ewart, Head Teacher of Hartwell School was full of praise for the new Court and the opportunities it will provide. 

"We’ve had a fantastic morning celebrating the opening of the new Cruyff Court. We cannot thank the Cruyff Foundation enough for making this happen and the difference this will make for our pupils. The court is already being used daily for a variety of activities and our keen football team are already looking forward to hosting a seven-a-side game in their school football league."

This is yet another example of how pupils across our Group are offered opportunities to ignite their curiosity in attempting new activities and cultivating their interests. 

Two truly amazing days with four openings. A big well done to everyone involved!

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