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Lord Coe opens The Halse Sports Pavilion at Warwick School

Published Tuesday 19th of March 2013 01:29:13 PM

Warwick School was delighted to welcome Lord Coe as the Guest of Honour to open a new sports facility at Warwick School on Friday 15th March. Lord Coe visited Warwick School to open The Halse Pavilion, named after Ed Halse, the current Head Master, who is due to retire in August. The refurbishment includes a new façade for the building including a balcony overlooking the sports pitches, large hospitality area, new changing rooms, classrooms and medical centre. Within the sports centre a new fitness suite has also been installed.

The day culminated in an 'Evening with Lord Coe' where Lord Coe was interviewed by Warwick School old boy and former England cricketer, Neil Smith, before receiving questions from the audience. Lord Coe spoke of his sporting journey, which began in Stratford upon Avon. He moved to Sheffield, aged 12 where he joined an athletics club and very quickly won The Yorkshire Schools title. From there his father became his coach and with his meticulous engineering background, set up training programmes which were amongst the most scientifically advanced in the world. Lord Coe also talked inspiringly about Great Britain's successful bid for the 2012 Olympics.

A stimulating, enjoyable and informative evening came to a conclusion with Lord Coe speaking about the wonderful individual performances in London last summer including heptathlete Jessica Ennis. He also spoke of the need to improve the quality of the Physical Education provision in primary schools and how the Olympic legacy should be viewed as another 10 year journey. These statements were made on the eve of an announcement that the government would be providing new funding of £150m a year for primary school sport and Physical Education that will aim to improve coaching and inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future.
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