VIDEO: World Cup referee Howard Webb opens new shool pitches

The next generation of sports stars have had the chance to play alongside a world-famous referee at a new £600,000 state-of-the-art football pitch,

Schools across the Morley area were invited to the opening of the new third generation (3G), all-weather, sports facility at Bruntcliffe School with World Cup final referee Howard Webb MBE.

Howard Webb opens the new sports pitches at Bruntcliffe School.

Howard Webb opens the new sports pitches at Bruntcliffe School.

Mr Webb started the day with a series of motivational talks with pupils from Bruntcliffe. The Rotherham United fan and former amateur footballer turned referee, said: “I’m living proof that amazing things happen to ordinary people.”

And he added that for budding sports professionals, the new 3G pitch will go a long way to helping them train to acheive their dreams.

The down-to-earth Mr Webb was an obvious choice for headteacher of Bruntcliffe School, Heather Scott, when organising the opening.

She said: “He was the only person who could really inspire the next generation of sports people.”

Mr Webb, who also oversaw the 2010 Champions League final, took charge of the junior schools football tournament to mark the opening.

And the kids were “loving the buzzing atmosphere” on the day said head of PE Heidi Fairbrother, who is looking forward to teaching her classes daily on the brand new ground – which is bigger than the pitch at Wembley Stadium.

She said: “The new pitch is amazing and all the kids are so excited about getting to play on it.”