Great Britain hockey star Suzy Perry is presented with a bouquet by Roundhay School Headteacher Matthew Partington
Great Britain and England hockey star Suzy Perry opened a new all-weather sports pitch at a Leeds school.
The superb community facility at Roundhay School offers one full size hockey pitch, three five a-side football pitches and two smaller-scale hockey areas.
School Governors, contractors, Year 7 students and 90 pupils from local primary schools watched as Suzy declared the facility open.
Headteacher Matthew Partington said the facility had been made possible thanks to a substantial investment by Leeds City Council. It was completed on schedule and involved Nottssport Limited, Interserve Construction and Cleveland Land Services Limited.
“We were delighted Suzy was able to spare the time in her busy schedule to open this superb facility,” Mr Partington said. “I would like to thank everyone involved. It has already made a huge difference.
DELIGHTED: Invited guests at the opening of the new all-weather facilities at Roundhay School in Leeds
“The development has significantly improved the teaching facilities, our ability to offer additional extra-curricular activities and the delivery of the curriculum for Physical Education at Roundhay School.”
Previously, students travelled more than five miles to play hockey.
Residents will benefit as it will be made available for community use.
Teacher of Physical Education, Rachelle Le Bourdon, also thanked Suzy.
“The pitch has transformed our curriculum and had a huge impact on the participation in extra-curricular activities,” she said.
The facility will give the school another area to offer alternative activities and resources to accommodate the needs of its growing number of pupils, said Mr Partington.
UNITED: Community and religious leaders, joined residents, businessmen and dignitaries from across Yorkshire in Bradford to launch the latest OBON campaign
Putting ‘United’ back in ‘United Kingdom’ and ‘Great’ back in ‘Great Britain’
A country-wide campaign, which aims to bring people of all backgrounds together to celebrate national identity in the UK, was officially launched last week in Bradford.
The One Britain One Nation (OBON) group are calling on people across the country to unite on 10th June this year to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Regardless of religion, age or race, the initiative seeks to bring neighbours together to commemorate the landmark occasion in town and city centres, where people will be urged to sing the national anthem.
Kash Singh, a former Bradford police inspector who now heads the OBON organisation, was joined in Bradford by civic heads and officers from across Yorkshire to launch the event.
Speaking about the plans, he said he was excited to officially launch in Bradford and was looking forward to seeing the response come June.
“This is an ideal opportunity for us to bring out the best in all our communities,” he said.
“It allows us to stand together as one people, to promote that spirit of togetherness in order to create a sense of national unity and pride whilst also projecting that genuine affection between the Crown and the country.”
FLAG WAVING: The group gathered at Bradford’s City Hall, and were encouraged to promote their national identity
During the launch event at Bradford City Hall, MPs, Mayors and religious leaders were amongst the dignitaries who represented the demographics across the county, waving their Union Jacks.
Kersten England, Chief Executive of Bradford Council, said it was important to bring communities together through projects such as OBON, and was delighted to help launch the campaign.
“I am pleased that ‘One Britain One Nation OBON has chosen Bradford to launch their national campaign to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday,” she said.
“We are looking forward to all the different ways in which communities from across the district will come together to celebrate this landmark event.”
According to OBON’s website, the organisation was established to bring people together, ‘not to focus on our differences but to celebrate the values we share: tolerance, kindness, pride, respect, and a tremendous desire to help others’.
Previously projects have been launched in Bradford and Huddersfield, with the latest Monarch-based celebration planned to be the biggest to date.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Joanne Dodds, said: “Her Majesty The Queen's forthcoming 90th birthday will give the country a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Her Majesty’s long life, decades of steadfast duty and her unstinting service to the people of the country.
“This initiative by One Britain One Nation will provide a splendid showcase for national unity and togetherness and will further enhance what is sure to be a joyful occasion.”
For more information about One Britain One Nation and the campaign visit www.onebritainonenation.com
COMMUNITIES: Chief executive and founder of OBON, Kash Singh (middle), said he was delighted to launch the campaign in Bradford
Over half a million people in the UK are turning to food banks to feed themselves and their families
The UK is among the worst performers on whether citizens can afford to eat, sitting at the 20th positions in Western Europe
One in eight people in the world go hungry despite there being enough to feed everyone
People in the UK are facing among the highest and most volatile food prices in Western Europe, according to a new global food database released this week.
The ‘Good Enough to Eat’ index is the first of its kind, comparing data from 125 countries to create a global snapshot of the different challenges people face in getting the food they need to eat.
The index, compiled by Oxfam, comes at a time when one in eight people in the world go hungry despite there being enough to feed everyone, and highlights how distribution and prices are important factors. It brings together data on whether people have enough to eat, can afford to eat, the quality of food and the health outcomes of people’s diet.
Overall The Netherlands, followed by France and Switzerland in joint second are the best places for people to eat in the index, while Chad is the worst followed by Angola and Ethiopia, also in joint second place.
Hairy Biker chef Dave Myers has just returned from Cambodia, which is positioned 89th overall, to see Oxfam’s projects to help boost food security.
He said: “It’s terrible to think that so many people go hungry in a world that produces more than enough. I have seen how bringing simple solutions to Cambodia to help farmers double rice production and make more from what they grow. All of this can change lives for good but a concerted global effort is needed if we are to end the shame of hunger which is clearly affecting people everywhere - even in the UK.”
The UK is among the worst performers in Western Europe on whether citizens can afford to eat, sharing 20th position with Cyprus, and with only Austrians and Icelanders fairing worse.
At a time of austerity and with more than half a million people using food banks, the index reveals how people in the UK face higher prices for food compared to other goods than almost everyone in Western Europe. Only Austrians and Italians face the same level of pressure while Cypriots have to pay more. The UK also ranked in the bottom half of all OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries on food price volatility.
This record on food prices means that the UK’s combined score puts it in 13th position. Instead, The Netherlands, France and Switzerland are joined in the top 10 per cent by Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Austria, Australia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Italy and Ireland. All enjoy top marks for their lack of malnutrition and undernourishment and for access to safe water, while other measures, including obesity, have lowered their final results.
At the bottom of the table, one in three children are underweight in Chad, where food is relatively more expensive than anywhere else, apart from Guinea and Gambia. Chad shares fourth worst position on the quality of food consumed.
Oxfam’s Chief Executive Mark Goldring said: “This index lays bare some of the challenges that people face in getting the food they need - regardless of where they come from. It reveals how the world is failing to ensure that everyone is able to eat healthily, despite there being enough to go around.
“The UK’s failure to make the top table is a shocking indictment for the world’s sixth richest country. With a record number of people turning to food banks, the government must carry out an urgent inquiry into how welfare changes and cuts are exacerbating food poverty and deepening inequality.”