A BARNSLEY-BORN Olympic cyclist was on hand to offer a few tips for success at the official opening of Netherwood school.

Ten years since the initial plans were formed, two years after construction started and nine months after the school actually opened, it was all made official on Monday.

Joined by council leader Sir Steve Houghton, mayor Cllr Ken Richardson and mayoress Nadia Richardson, Ed Clancy spoke about the importance of psychological preparation and self-belief in sporting success, which was as necessary as peak physical fitness.

Ed won a gold medal in team pursuit and a bronze in omnium race at the 2012 Olympics.

Netherwood principal Toby Eastaugh, said: "It seems fitting that the school has been opened officially in the week before we start our new timetable and academic year.

"I look forward to our students benefiting from a carefully planned curriculum and a full complement of specialist teachers to deliver it.

"Our work this year has provided a solid platform for the school to enter the next phase of its journey to success."