AN OLYMPIC gold medallist visited King Edward’s Witley to inspire pupils at the launch of the school’s new artificial pitch.

Giselle Ansley was part of Team GB’s victorious 2016 women’s hockey team and still represents England and Great Britain.

She said: “King Edward’s Witley clearly sees the value of sport.

“The facilities, like this new playing surface, are fantastic. You can see how much the pupils really love their sport here.

“To be honest, I have been blown away by what I have seen.

“There are some incredibly talented young people, some of whom could go a long way in their sporting careers.

“They have the environment, coaching and support to excel in their chosen sports.”

Giselle led a masterclass for the budding hockey stars from King Edward’s and partner school Barrow Hills on the new surface.

She also provided coaching advice during a hockey fixture.

King Edward’s Witley headteacher Joanna Wright said: “Our pupils have loved learning from someone who has such a fantastic array of experiences and stories to draw upon to help give them that additional spark of inspiration.

“The new sports pitch is just part of our continued commitment to enhancing the culture at King Edward’s Witley.”