Rugby legend opens Ripon Grammar's new £1m 3G sports pitch


BRITISH Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan cheered students on in a rugby game as he officially opened Ripon Grammar School’s new £1m world-class all-weather 3G pitch.
The school’s reputation for sporting excellence has been given a massive boost with the completion of the third-generation artificial grass floodlit playing field, which is also benefiting the wider community of Ripon.
“A sports field doesn’t make character, it finds it and develops it. The more facilities there are like this, the more the pupils and general community will benefit,” said Sir Ian, a former rugby union player who was head coach of Scotland and the British and Irish Lions.
This new addition to RGS’s first class sporting facilities, funded by Persimmon Homes, will be used for a wide variety of sports, including lacrosse, rounders and athletics training, as well as for girls’ and boys’ rugby and football and will also serve three local partner clubs.
Ripon Grammar School has built a regional and national reputation for sporting success in recent years, with two rugby teams crowned county champions and girls’ hockey and netball teams winning national titles.
Headmaster Jonathan Webb stressed the crucial role schools play in the grassroots development of sport: “This is such an important facility for school and for Ripon RUFC, Ripon City AFC and Ripon City Panthers JFC.”
He thanked Persimmon Homes for choosing to support the school: “This is about a partnership between school and clubs and is very much a community use facility.”