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Cobham Free School and Cobham Rugby and Sports Association announce the grand opening of their new artificial grass pitch

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Cobham Free School (CFS) and Cobham Rugby Sports Association (CRSA) are delighted to announce the grand opening of their new international standard, artificial grass pitch (AGP) on Friday 6 September 2019. Following speeches by Steven Heard, Chairman, CRSA and Howard Morris, CFS Chair of Governors, Cllr James Browne cut the ribbon to declare the pitch ‘open’.

Cobham Free School junior pupils tested the AGP with a lap of honour and some sporting activities. They were joined by the school’s sixth formers, who are located in smart new state-ofthe-art accommodation at Munro House, located adjacent to the pitch. 
 
The AGP has been developed from a partnership between CFS and CRSA. Funding for the facility was raised from a successful bid for community infrastructure levy from Elmbridge Borough Council, and generous donations from Sports England and London Marathon charities.  
 
CFS pupils will benefit from the facility in the school term time from 7am until 6pm. The AGP will enable a wide range of sports in the curriculum, including the coaching of rugby and football, and offer the chance to develop the extra-curricular programme and train school teams for competitive fixtures. The AGP will also be available for use by the Rugby Club and other sporting associations outside school hours, enabling a wide range of activities for the local Cobham community. 
 
The opening of the AGP is the second exciting milestone for CFS this week, following the opening of their new sixth form facility on Wednesday. This exciting new provision, which is publicly-funded (no fees), is still accepting places. Contact admissions@cobhamfreeschool.org.uk for further information on applications to the new sixth form for September 2019. 
 
Howard Morris, Chair of Governors stated: 
"Following months of construction work it has been extremely rewarding to see our pupils enjoying the new AGP today. The pitch will benefit our pupils and other families in the community, raising the profile of sport in the area and encouraging participation. We are delighted to be developing a successful link with the CRSA which will continue to grow."
    
 
Steven Head, Chairman of the CRSA stated: 
"We are grateful to Elmbridge Borough Council for providing Community Infrastructure funding and for the additional grant funding provided by Sport England and the London Marathon Trust to enable this state of the art artificial grass pitch to be delivered. The Club is in the process of entering into partnerships with other local community sporting organisations who will be able to use this facility after the end of the school day, and at weekends when not being used by the Club."
 
 
Michaela Khatib, Executive Head stated: 
"Our pupils are thrilled to have the use of such a high-quality facility for their sports. We are looking forward to expanding our curriculum through the use of the pitch and to seeing the pupils achieving their sporting potential. We are very excited by the future opportunities afforded by our new partnership with the CRSA."