A PREMIER League footballer and former Cherries star has opened a school’s new playground in Dorset.
Frenchman Sylvain Distin cut the ribbon for the new playground at Pamhill First School and played football with the children.
Sylvain, who has also played for Manchester City, Newcastle, Everton and Portsmouth, described the playing area as a “wonderful facility”.
He added: “It was a pleasure to open the wonderful new facility and play football with the children.”
Pamhill Principal Mike Wheeler said: “We are very grateful to DMW Architects who not only designed MUGA but also allowed us to further develop the new nursery school house.
“Howarth Construction made plans happen and were flexible with their timing, so it was a huge surprise for the kids when they returned in September.
“After joining the school last year, I saw the children struggle with the unnecessary added challenge of playing sports on an incline.
“Now we have a flat platform with a premium surface on which children can play football, basketball and hockey, among others.
“We were also extremely grateful to Sylvain who opened it in front of the parents and then soaked himself to the skin playing with the children. He was a real gentleman all along.