World record breaking runner and Olympic Games mastermind Sebastian Coe was at Warwick School last week to officially open a new sports pavilion named in honour of the headteacher.
Lord Coe, who was guest of honour at the top independent school, talked about the need for more physical education in primary schools.
Fortunately the middle distance runner who laid claim to four Olympic medals and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records, was speaking just ahead of the Government announcement of an extra £150 million investment in more sport and coaching for younger children.
The refurbishment of Warwick School’s sports block includes the Halse Pavilion, which looks over the pitches and has been named in tribute to Ed Halse, the headmaster who is due to retire in August.
In an interview later in the day with Warwick old boy Neil Smith, the former England cricketer, Lord Coe spoke about his own sporting journey which had began just up the road in Stratford before his family moved to Sheffield when he was 12.
It was there, thanks to the meticulous training programme drawn up by his engineer father, that he began winning titles in Yorkshire schools.
Lord Coe also spoke about the legacy of last year’s London Olympics and the thrilling individual performances of people like heptathlete Jessica Ennis.
Warwick School is the oldest boys’ school in the country. It was founded in 914.