The sun shone on Saturday as crowds gathered at Derby Grammar School’s Rykneld Sports Centre in Mackworth for its official opening by Kim Barnett, Director of Cricket at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Rykneld Sports Centre has been recently acquired by Derby Grammar School. It ensures the School and pupils now have their own dedicated sports facilities for practice, lessons and inter-school competitions.

The Centre was opened by Kim Barnett who in his career spanning 24 years won six Lord’s finals. In his 19 years as a DCCC player he amassed the most runs ever by a Derbyshire batsman – over 23,000.

The opening was followed by the annual House Cross Country and Tug of War Competition. This is a whole-school event which is watched by parents, grandparents and friends. The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor John Whitby, started the first cross country race for the Junior School pupils.

After a morning of competition the victorious Houses were Bemrose for Senior Cross Country and jointly Bemrose and Blackton for Junior Cross Country.

Lesley Reynolds, Acting Head, added: “It is wonderful to see so many parents and guests at this event to mark the opening of Rykneld Sports Centre. The acquisition represents a major step forward in sports provision at Derby Grammar School. We can offer even more to our pupils, whether that be in games lessons, after-school clubs, or in competitive matches against other schools.”

Rykneld Sports Centre is also available for private hire. With both indoor and outdoor facilities, including an artificial floodlit pitch, catering and changing facilities, it is an ideal sports venue for individuals, teams and clubs.