RETIRED football referee Uriah Rennie couldn’t resist trying the facilities at the new sports hall of King Edward VII Upper School.
He officially opened the building, which is part of the multi-million-pound redevelopment of the school and language college being carried out by Vinci Construction, which is now nearing completion.
The sports hall, at the Clarkehouse Road end of the Broomhill campus, includes a gym, fitness room and classroom and is available for community hire as well as for students.
King Edward’s headteacher Bev Jackson said: “The sports facilities were not particularly wonderful, so it gives us a real boost in terms of what is available to the older students.
“We are absolutely delighted. Vinci have done really well.”
Sheffield-born Uriah Rennie was seen as an ideal person to open the building on Tuesday.
“We wanted somebody in the sports world, and we wanted somebody connected with Sheffield,” said Mrs Jackson.
“And he is known to be particularly passionate about young people being involved in sport.”
The school, a grade II* listed building, has been transformed as part of the Government-backed Building Schools for the Future programme. Most of the remaining work is the landscaping.
Members of the public will get the chance to look around at the revamped school at the summer fayre on Saturday, June 16, which will be opened at noon by a former student, Emily Maitlis, a presenter with BBC 2’s Newsnight.