YOUNGSTERS at Dr Triplett's School donned hard hats for a visit to the building site at the Church Road football ground, as Hayes and Yeading FC announce that this will be their last season playing there.
The year five pupils were given a tour of the area by developers Barratt Homes, who gained planning permission to build 183 homes on the site in January, before grabbing tools and each laying a brick.
They were then greeted by Barratt manager Rob Philips, a former Dr Triplett's pupil, who gave a talk on site safety. The children will now design flags to be flown at the opening of the sprawling Holmesgate Place estate.
Class teacher Craig Atkinson said: "Our design and technology topic this term is structures and buildings and so it was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to see some real life construction. It was brilliant."
Hayes and Yeading FC, formerly two clubs who merged in 2007, are negotiating a temporary groundshare ahead of their move to a brand new stadium in Beaconsfield Road, former home of Yeading FC, during the course of next season.
The club said in a statement: "This is the realisation of the club’s ambition to expand its operations both on the pitch, and throughout the week as a vehicle for community use."
The last competitive game at Church Road will be played on April 19, a Blue Square Bet Premier fixture against Gateshead.
A celebratory 'All-Stars' match has been arranged for May 15, and a farewell evening in the clubhouse is in the pipeline for later that month.
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