Gosfield School signs deal with sports equipment manufacturer

The flagship status agreement with Grays International means the Essex independent school can look forward to visits from a fleet of sporting stars

Gosfield School is hoping to take its sporting prowess to new heights after signing a partnership ideal with a historic sports equipment manufacturer.

The Essex independent school has been granted flagship status by Grays International, with benefits set to include visits by international ambassadors from the worlds of netball, hockey, rugby and cricket.

Question and answer appearances and training sessions will be augmented by the opportunity to see the sportswomen and men in professional competition.

Gosfield School principal, Rod Jackson, hailed the agreement as “one of the most exciting developments in the history of the school.

He said: “Grays International’s remarkable educational programme will provide unprecedented inspiration and opportunity to our students. We believe that sport is for all children and that enjoyment of sport is the key to sporting achievement at the highest level. Our pupils have the talent, the desire and the commitment to become the sporting stars of tomorrow.”

Grays International has long been known for its production of cricket, hockey and netball equipment, and in 2002 took ownership of Gilbert Rugby, producers of the iconic ball used at every rugby union World Cup since 1995.

“We will look to support individual pupils’ growth through the enjoyment of sport via our gifted and talented programmes, and look to ensure that the sports facilities at Gosfield are something the children are proud of,” said Carl Bailey, head of education (UK & International) for Grays International.

“Sport is for everyone and, as a brand, we want our future stars to achieve everything they can by the enjoyment of participating in all sports, an ethos I know is shared by the Gosfield family.”

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