World-renowned Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis has visited Chesterfield to officially open a new state-of-the-art building at the town’s college.
The top heptathlete unveiled a special plaque marking the completition of Chesterfield College’s impressive new social hub.
Jessica, who has just been named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year earlier after her success in the London Olympics, said the Infirmary Road building looked “amazing”.
She added: “I’m definitely impressed with it – it looks really bright and modern.”
The hub provides students with a place to socialise, eat, study and receive careers advice.
During last Friday’s visit, which was attended by Chesterfield’s Mayor and Mayoress and the Duke of Devonshire, Jessica took part in a question and answer session with students then signed autographs and enjoyed a tour of the new facilities.
Management revealed they had renamed the college’s sports hall after Jessica to recognise the star’s achievements during the summer.
The 26-year-old, of Sheffield, visited the facility and said she felt “very special” about the honour.
It was a case of seeing double when she entered the hall as former art student Pete Barber, of Chesterfield firm Urban Canvas, presented a stunning mural of Jessica.
Trevor Clay, Chesterfield College principal, said: “Everyone was delighted to see Jessica.
“Over the years she has worked very hard to achieve her goals and is a fantastic role model for young people everywhere.”
Mr Clay added: “We’re really pleased with the new building.
“It gives students a bright, modern, informail space to study and socialise – it feels like the heart of the college.”
Jessica won heptathlon gold at the London Olympics, setting three personal bests and a British record of 6,995 points along the way.