Students at Cooktown’s Endeavour Christian College will soon be able to play sports and compete in athletics on a full sized oval, with construction on the project starting last term.
School sports coordinator Amy Meyer said the new oval would be life changing for the students and teachers, who had for the past decade been playing on a mini oval or travelling to the state school oval for sports days.
“It will be amazing, so good for the kids and so good for us teachers to have that resource right there, to be able to play a full game of football or softball and to have a full athletics track,” Ms Meyer said.
The new oval will boast a full-sized 400m athletics track, rubgy league and soccer goals, cricket nets, eating areas, long jump pits and shot put circles, as well as storage sheds.
“I’m really happy for our teachers and students to be able to have a full-sized oval,” principal Peter Connell said.
Mr Connell is leaving the school this year to be closer to his new grandchild in the State’s south-east, and said completion of the oval was a nice legacy.
“I’m hoping it’s going to get finished before the wet comes, and some of the students have asked if I’ll come back to volunteer at the athletics carnival next year,” he said.
Land for the oval, which adjoins the school, was bought from Cook Shire Council and has been cleared, with works starting this week on levelling and construction.