Pupils at All Saints’ Primary School in Newmarket joined with invited guests on Thursday to officially open their new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).
Children at the Vicarage Road school watched on as Joy Stodart, a project leader of Suffolk County Council’s schools’ organisation review, cut a ribbon to open the new area.
Although only officially opened at the end of the week the MUGA, which has been built on land formerly belonging to Palace House Stables, has been in use since September.
“It has made a fantastic difference to the outside area of the school as it has given us an artificial surface for PE lessons and break times when the field is unavailable,” said Jane Eccleston, headteacher.
“It has taken a while to get it sorted but it’s been worth it.”
As a token of thanks to Mrs Eccleston’s nine years of service at the school, a decision was taken to name the arena the Eccleston Centre.
“It was a lovely surprise to have it named after me,” said Mrs Eccleston, who is leaving in the summer.
“There are not many things in school that I don’t know about, so the PTA did well to keep it quiet from me.”