Pro players return to their old school roots

MCBH-27 Grange sportsday Matt Phillips and Rob Hall
MCBH-27 Grange sportsday Matt Phillips and Rob Hall

FOOTBALL stars Matt Phillips and Rob Hall returned to their roots last week as they attended the Grange School’s sportsday.

Both were former pupils at the school and spent the day inspiring young athletes to follow in their footsteps.

But there was disappointment for West Ham’s Academy player Hall, who saw his own Year 7 400m record get broken.

Shahzan Ahmed had the honour of beating Hall’s record, in a time of 67.9 seconds.

The same child went on to claim the 100m record in a time of 12.94 seconds and was named top male athlete of Year 7.

Records were also beaten by the girls relay teams in Years 7, 8 and 10 as well as the boys relay teams in Year 7 and 9.

The Year 10 triple jump record was also beaten, as Nicole Corlett recorded a massive jump of 9.96m to take first place.

All the prizes were awarded by the footballing duo and PE teacher Jenny Wynd praised the pair for coming down.

She said: “When you have people who have gone on to be successful it is really nice to see them come back.

“It gives a buzz both to the teachers, who see the reward for their work and the pupils, who can see if they work hard they can be successful.

“To have these two and also (Arsenal player) Ellen White all represent England is fantastic for the school.

“They have all put an awful lot of effort in and especially in football, it shows that the hard work has paid off.”

The sportsday was the culmination of a terms worth of sport, where students have been earning points for their houses.

Each child was set a target and when this was achieved they gained an extra point that went towards their house’s total.

The sportsday was held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and involved children for all the years still at the school.

Students competed in all the usual athletic events that would be seen at the Olympics.

Overall winners on the day included: Shahzan Ahmed, Jamie Leigh-Daymond, Ellese Blackman, Brandon Johnson, Kayleigh Humphries, Rildwan Areore, Nicole Corlett and Jake Gray.