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Rugby star goes back to school to open Floyd’s £1 million sports hall

Opening of the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar Schools new sports hall - former pupil and rugby player James Buckland and teacher Dave Skillington

Opening of the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar Schools new sports hall - former pupil and rugby player James Buckland and teacher Dave Skillington

Students at the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School will get the chance to play a wider range of sports following the completion of a new £1m sports hall.

The facility at the school, on Oxford Road, was opened last week by Aylesbury born James Buckland, a former England rugby union international.

The school’s assistant head Ian Bryant said: “This new facility will help us achieve our aim of providing as wide a range of sport as possible for our students, both in PE classes and as extra curricular activities.

“Sport is a crucial part of the curriculum here at the Floyd and this new building will give us the platform to provide more sporting competitions between students, through our house system.”

Mr Bryant said the new hall could also be used to play sport during wet weather.

He said: “This also gives us a back-up plan if we can’t play basketball, netball or volleyball outside.”

The facility was jointly funded by the Department for Education and the school.

Mr Bryant added the school was very grateful that James had come to open the facility.

He said: “It was a real privilege to have somebody of James’ calibre and standing within his sport coming to open the facility.

“James actually has a son at the school in Year Seven and it was fantastic he was able to show his support for the building in this way.”

Mr Buckland, 32, who started his playing career at Aylesbury Rugby Club, played for Premiership sides including Leicester Tigers and London Wasps, and now he is the forwards coach at Championship side London Scottish.

 

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