FOLLOWING four-years of extensive fundraising and planning, students from Princes Street Primary School are now reaping the rewards of a brand new synthetic mini sports oval.
The oval, which is located on the grounds of the school, includes an all-weather surface and will be utilised as an additional venue for the school’s small team Saturday soccer games.
Princes Street Primary School principal John Dryden said the story of the mini oval began in 2011 when parents and coaches entered a young team of soccer players into an Optus sponsored national competition.
“By winning the competition, the boys were given $10,000 to spend on something to help develop their game,” he said.
“The school association decided to use the prize money as seed funding for the development of a better physical environment for all students and so, the idea of the mini oval was born.”
Mr Dryden said the school association raised more than $150,000 towards the oval project, which represented a “truly significant legacy” for the school.
“The oval development team had to overcome numerous obstacles and challenges during the design and building stages, but always remained focused on its vision at all times,” he said.
“It was great to see the students from the 2011 winning team opening and using the oval during their last year at the school.”
The mini oval was officially opened during a naming ceremony attended by about 70 students, parents and guests.
Celebrations on the day included speeches and a ribbon cutting ceremony, with attendees enjoying a piece of mini oval-themed cake and icy poles.
“This oval is a lived example of the significant difference a team of goal-focused and dedicated volunteers can make to the fabric of this great school,” Mr Dryden said.
Caption: Grade six students at Princes Street Primary School, Henry Watchorn, left, Mickey Hurd, Harrison Tadd, William Zeeman, Albie Edgell Taylor and Lachlan Semmler, who helped secure initial funding for the mini oval project in 2011 after winning a national soccer competition.