A South Yorkshire secondary school has been officially opened after a multi-million pound upgrade.
Maltby Academy is now a school fit for the 21st century with a multi-use sports centre, modern and specialised learning spaces and a 3G artificial grass pitch.
The new £10.9 million academy was opened by the Earl and Countess of Scarbrough, Viscount Richard Lumley and his wife Henrietta, in front of a host of dignitaries and invited guests.
Guests toured the facilities and saw pupils using them before Ron Buck, of the Lands Foundation, opened the new sports centre.
Maltby Academy Trust chief executive David Sutton said the day marked the end of five years of planning and building work.
He said: “We had a vision five years ago in terms of what a learning environment in Maltby will look like.
“We have gone through an extended period of planning and building and now we are enjoying the fruits of our labour in terms of our youngsters exploring our new spaces and exceeding in them.
“It was a nine-phase build, which meant when we finished one part we moved into it and then started on the next. The contractors did a sterling job in working with us and the young people were magnificent.
“We are now coming out of the other end and it has been worth it very much. Our youngsters are thriving in the new environment.”
Former Sports Minister and Football Foundation trustee Richard Caborn opened the new floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch, which will be used by Rotherham United Community Sport Trust for sport inclusion projects, coaching sessions and holiday soccer school.
Sheffield and Hallamshire FA will also hold coaching courses and provide opportunities for recreational football at the site.
Mr Caborn said: “I was delighted to be at Maltby Academy to officially open their fantastic new 3G pitch, made possible thanks to the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.
“The facility will have a tremendous impact on sport in the local area and hopefully help produce some future stars for the Sheffield United first-team.”