GB volleyball star impressed by Highfields pupils’ mural

Maria Bertelli is pictured with pupils alongside their Olympic mural.
Maria Bertelli is pictured with pupils alongside their Olympic mural.

Team GB 2012 Volleyball Captain Maria Bertelli was the guest of honour at Highfields School in Matlock as part of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership.

The athlete unveiled an Olympic mural - part of a sports art legacy project that GCSE and A level art classes and staff have been working on since the 2012 London Games.

The day was a celebration event led by Bertelli as part of the ‘Get Set to Make A Change’ project ( which supports young people to organise community projects inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic values to encourage people in their local area to come together to take part in sport, be more active and lead healthier, balanced lifestyles.

East Midlands Olympic legacy officer Gaynor Nash also attended. The day was filmed by the Get Set to Make a Change team.

Bertelli, who then spent the gloriously sunny day at the school leading volleyball workshops with years six through to 12, said: “I had a fantastic day. I’m in awe of the work being at Highfields. They really are changing lives. It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in some small way.”

Highfields School sports coordinator, Jayne Allen, said: “It was an amazing day. The art work looks so professional. Maria is an inspiration and the Highfields student ‘Legacy Leaders’ can be very proud of their achievements, as always.”

Pupils from South Darley Primary School and All Saints Juniors in Matlock also got involved.

Paul Wilde, headteacher at South Darley, said, “The students certainly enjoyed the day and can’t wait to play this new sport.”