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City pair kickstart school project

Posted: Wed 06 Mar 2013
Author: Adam Baker
Liam Fontaine and Marvin Elliott

Liam Fontaine and Marvin Elliott

Image by: Bristol Post

Duo boost local redevelopment plan.

Marvin Elliott and Liam Fontaine have helped a local school kickstart a major £450,000 refurbishment.

The City pair visited Ravenswood School, a special school in Nailsea, to cut the first sod of the development to install three brand new classrooms.

Some lucky Ravenswood teenagers had the opportunity for a kickaround with Elliott, Fontaine and coaches from the Community Trust prior to the turf cutting.

It was a non-uniform day for the pupils who sported hard hats and dressed up as builders, architects and surveyors - or footballers - for the occasion.

Head teacher Philippa Clark said: "This is a thrilling development for the school and will give us the extra space and modern facilities needed for 21st century learning."

Ravenswood has 110 pupils aged between four and 19 and the young people are recording the building works as a class project.

Fontaine said: "I think Ravenswood is a very nice school and I would love to come back later in the season."

Bristol City Community Trust development manager Rob Treacher said it wanted to promote sport and learning opportunities to the wider community.

He said: "We are looking to do as much work as possible with schools and different sporting bodies not just football - it could be judo or table tennis.

"It is not all about finding the next David Beckham it is about encouraging healthy activities and involvement for all."