Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp went back to his former secondary school in Hertford to unveil a new sports hall. The Hertford-born footballer, 22, paid a visit to Richard Hale school – which he previously attended – to cut the ribbon to open the new sports facility on Tuesday (March 14).
The opening of a new sports hall at Richard Hale school comes after the boys secondary school’s long-running ambitions. Over numerous years, the project has been “supported” and has now been unveiled.
The opening was also attended by Hertford Mayor and Kingsmead Councillor Susan Barber, Bengeo Councillor Peter Ruffles, and Castle Councillor Jan Goodeve. The new facility has been built over the last year and offers pupils a range of sporting activities to enjoy in the new build.
It provides students with a full-size basketball court and the opportunity to play badminton, volleyball and other indoor sports to a much higher standard than we have been able to before. The sports hall also includes a fully-equipped fitness suite.
Richard Hale school’s head teacher Ian Hawkins said: “Being able to officially open the new Sports Hall at Richard Hale School has been fantastic. It has taken many years of work to finally have the facility at the school, which really enables us to develop our sports provision for students.
“It meant a lot to large number of people within the community who have supported the project in many ways to have it officially opened. We were delighted to have the Mayor in attendance and have it officially opened by one of our old students Oliver Skipp. We look forward to being able to use the facility for many years to come.”
HertsLive has covered the quiet life of Oliver Skipp, as he has lived in our county for the whole of his life – being born in Welwyn Garden City and he grew up in Hertford. This also comes after Skipp scored his first Premier League goal for his boyhood club, as Spurs emphatically beat Chelsea 2-0 on last month on February 26.
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