High-flying ref unveils new Sheffield sports hall

Pictured is Sheffield Referee Uriah Rennie opening the new Sports Hall at  the King Edward Vll School at Broomhill.
Pictured is Sheffield Referee Uriah Rennie opening the new Sports Hall at the King Edward Vll School at Broomhill.
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TOP referee Uriah Rennie tried out a trampoline as he performed official opening duties at a Sheffield school’s brand new sports hall.

The development at King Edward VII’s Broomhill upper school is part of major refurbishments of the main listed building being carried out under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

The new hall also has a gym, a fitness suite, changing rooms, IT facilities and a theory classroom - which will allow the school to offer A-level PE from next term.

Headteacher Bev Jackson said the hall was one of the most exciting parts of the development as for the first time ever the upper school now had high quality sporting facilities.

“What we had before was very limited and really not fit for purpose,” she said.

“The hall is already being very well used and is the first fruit of what is a two year building programme here at upper school.”

Students are busy using the hall all week round, with a variety of clubs meeting there after classes, including trampoline, basketball, badminton, weightlifting and dance.

The rest of the refurbishments are expected to be completed by the middle of next month, and will also see the opening of a new sixth form learning centre.

“We asked Uriah to open the hall as he is very keen on as many young people as possible taking part in sport, and he was delighted to be asked,” Mrs Jackson added.