Rugby star opens sensory room built with £14k gift

Rugby star Andy Gomarsall opens a sensory room at Manor Green School SUS-150327-110056001
Rugby star Andy Gomarsall opens a sensory room at Manor Green School SUS-150327-110056001

A former England rugby star was given a warm welcome when he opened a sensory room for children with special needs.

Andy Gomarsall, who was part of the World Cup winning team of 2003, was joined by members of rugby’s Wooden Spoon children’s charity at Manor Green College.

The charity donated £14,000 to the school, in Lady Margaret Road, Ifield, enabling them to install a ‘Magic Carpet’ and ‘Magic Mirror’.

The equipment uses an interactive projection system which reacts to every movement, no matter how slight.

After playing with some of the children who were planting seeds in flower pots, Andy and members of the charity were given a demonstration of how much their donation was appreciated.

One student became engrossed in the Magic Carpet, submerging himself in an interactive underwater world, his movements triggering splashes of water and sending orange fish darting around.

Headteacher Grahame Robson thanked the charity for its generosity and said: “It’s just been absolutely fantastic, really exciting. And we’re really grateful to Wooden Spoon for the money they have donated.”

Andy told the Manor Green staff: “It’s wonderful to see the environment and the happiness here. You need to give yourselves a pat on the back for the work you do and the environment you have created.”