Charlotte Edwards CBE opens the £800K Momentum Sports Hall
Oswestry School welcomed Charlotte Edwards CBE to open our new £800K sports facility, The Momentum Hall. Whilst here she presented Headmaster Julian Noad with the England shirt she wore for her World Twenty20 game in India in 2016.
Charlotte is arguably England’s most recognisable female cricketer who was captain of the England women’s team from 2006. When she made her International debut in 1996 Charlotte became the youngest woman ever to play for England at just 16. In 1997 she hit 12 centuries as she began to establish herself as a fierce opening batter, whilst still being exceptionally young. Awarded ICC Women’s player of the year in 2008 the plaudits continued to come and Charlotte was awarded an MBE for her services to cricket in 2009 followed by a CBE in 2014. In the same year Charlotte was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the year.
The Momentum Hall is the latest development for the School. Discussions for a new sports facility had been held for a number of years and a decision was reached to build a high tensile fabric structure offering an environmentally innovative building ideal for playing under all weather conditions with natural light, acoustic comfort and a temperate atmosphere. The Hall was built by SMC2 who specialise in such buildings and construction began in September 2017. Oswestry School has been part of the community for over 600 years and it was important that local contractors were involved in the build. Electrics were installed by DA Griffiths, JM Contractors looked after the groundworks and the sports equipment was sourced through Networld Sports.
Local businessman and Old Oswesrtrian Howard Jones, from Momentum Wines Ltd, was keen to be involved in the project from the beginning and, having a love of sport, sponsored the Hall thus the name ‘Momentum Hall’. A further donation of a sports clock was kindly received from Old Oswestrian leavers of 1965-67 with monies raised following a dinner held in 2017. Thanks to John Batchlor and Stephen Hodge for this.
The Momentum Hall is a great addition to the school offering a wealth of multi-purpose space. It can house two netball courts, two tennis courts, court spaces for badminton, volleyball and basketball, plus there are three indoor cricket nets and can cater for functions of up to 800 people. The Hall will be the home venue for the Oswestry & District Netball league for the forthcoming season.
The building of the Momentum Hall comes hot on the heels of other developments here at School. In the past twelve months a further £450K of investment has brought positive changes to the school. Alongside a new food, preparation and nutrition classroom, spin room and LED lighting upgrade system throughout the campus there has been a major investment to extend and refurbish the school’s dining facility which has become known amongst the pupils as the ‘John Lewis café’.
“We are delighted that Charlotte has taken the time from her busy schedule to come and open the Momentum Hall." said Headmaster Julian Noad. "The school introduced girls’ cricket to the curriculum over a year ago and the teams, though young, are going from strength to strength. Charlotte’s inspirational speech will encourage these young sportswomen to believe they too can become a leader in their chosen fields. This sports facility is twice the size of a standard sports hall and provides the school with exactly the sporting provision it has needed. Oswestry School now offers a wealth of first class facilities to rival any school. We are also looking forward to hosting a netball masterclass by England netball head coach Tracey Neville MBE in October.”