Metro Mayor opens new 4G pitch for Walton school

Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham joined The Sovini Group’s chief executive, Roy Williams, to open a new state of the art 4G pitch at St Francis de Sales School, Walton.

Mr Rotherham who served as MP for Walton from 2010 to 2017 along with The Sovini Group have been supporting St Francis de Sales since 2016, when they co-launched the Investors Group to develop pupils’ resilience, build employability skills and explore career opportunities.

Headteacher Andrew Reidel said: “It was fantastic to have the Metro Mayor and Sovini cut the ribbon – and the children enjoyed a good kickabout with them!

“We talked about how linking our extra-curricular programmes with the activities we can enjoy because of the new pitch has led to significant improvements in timekeeping and increased positive behaviours.”

The Investors Group laid the foundations for the school and The Sovini Group to become lead partners in the award winning ‘Positive Footprints’ Network, which is about changing the lives of children and young people and has so far supported around 400 primary school children across Merseyside.

Steve Rotherham, said: “I’d like to thank the staff and pupils for inviting me to open their new pitch and learn more about their fantastic school. It is terrific to hear how the positive footprints initiative is making a real impact across Merseyside.”

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