On 14th October 2022, West Sussex, Pennthorpe is thrilled to launch its new state-of-the-art, Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), all-weather Astro. The new 70m x 35m sand based Astro will accommodate a plethora of sport, namely hockey, football and netball all year round.

Pennthorpe School’s Multi Use Games Area

Today, the entire Pennthorpe community welcomed Old Pennthorpian Jake Wightman, Team GB and 1500m Gold medallist at the July 2022 World Athletics Championship, to cut the ribbon for the official opening. In addition to working with the children on athletics-inspired sessions, Jake delivered an incredibly powerful and inspiring talk on his journey into elite athletics to the children, staff and families.

With the addition of this state-of-the-art facility, there will be more hours of play for all of the children owing to the dependable surface, even in extreme weather conditions. Pennthorpe Director of Sport, Mr Matt Barnett, commented, ‘This is a facility that will strengthen our already compelling offering of sporting facilities. Children here at Pennthorpe, of all ages, will benefit from this facility and are very excited at the prospect of competing and learning on the Astro.’ Head of Girls’ Games, Mrs Claire Page, added, ‘To have the space of four full size netball courts and two junior hockey pitches, all year round, is a fantastic addition to the Prep Schools’ sports circuit, too’.

New state-of-the-art facilities at Pennthorpe School

With more Sports Scholars at Pennthorpe, in recent years, this Astro presents a significant stride towards the future of Pennthorpe’s sporting success and progression. Head of Pennthorpe, Mrs Lydia Waller, added, ‘This Astro is a huge investment towards Pennthorpe’s future, our children and the wider community. We are thrilled to be able to have such a fantastic facility on site. To provide such a first class sporting facility opens up another window of opportunity for everyone here at Pennthorpe.’

The Astro replaces historic tarmac courts and joins our sporting facilities which include, but are not limited to, the Sports Hall, Pavilion, football and rugby fields, cricket square and playing fields.

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