Autumn term sports partnership news
The beginning of October saw the partnerships younger pupils get a chance to take part in a multi sports festival. This involved a number of activities including elephant football, team building games and indoor curling. Initially the aim was to take the event outside but mother nature let us down so we ended up retiring to the sports hall where roughly 70 pupils had a go at the range of events that were on offer.
It was evident throughout the afternoon that all the pupils were having great fun and they were fully engaged in all activities. It was lovely to feel such a positive vibe from all of them.
This event was followed up with a couple of football events; the first was a mixed competition where we had 9 of our local schools attend. It was brilliant to see so many pupils taking up the opportunity and this led to a very exciting competition with the final round robin having to come down to penalties. This was quite a stressful few moments for all involved but the players coped amicably with the task and they all relished in the opportunity to step up and have their turn. The goalkeepers for all teams involved were amazing and showed a great strength of character when maybe it didn’t go their way. Cracking sportsmanship. Out victors for this event were St Marys Swanage and they will go onto represent the Purbeck area in the county final later in the year.
The following week it was the girls turn to show their commitment to a growing sport and committed they were. It was lovely to see 7 teams support this tournament and again the girls played with full commitment and showed some excellent skills throughout. It was lovely to see so many girls taking part and thoroughly enjoying themselves. Again the girls had some great performances and victors were once again St Marys in Swanage who again will go on to represent the Purbeck area in the county finals later in the year.
The beginning of November saw our 7th Leadership academy take place with over 120 Year 5 and 6 pupils participating from 12 schools. The pupils were taking part in number of activities which involved them thinking about how they could take leadership back to their schools, and how they could help with the delivery of clubs. As always en excellent executed academy and this year we had a guest appearance from Thinus Delport the South African rugby player.
This year we tried something different with the tag rugby tournaments and we attempted to put both the Year 3 and 4 rugby festival and the Year 5 and 6 rugby tournament on at the same time; this was fairly well attended and fortunately this year the weather was on our side. The event this year was run by our Year 12 students as part of their OCR course and this was led brilliantly. The level of rugby was great and there were some excellent tries scored in the year 5/6 competition, there was also some awesome team work. The Year 3 and 4 festival involved two sections, coaching for the first hour and then games for the second part. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a credit to themselves and their schools.
The final two events of the term were the indoor athletics tournaments. As usual these did not disappoint, the level of noise was immense and the air was filled an excitable buzz and enthusiasm. This is the one event that really gets everyone going. Lots going on and lots of encouraging noises. The schools were taking part in a range of activities including obstacle courses, indoor triple jump and other track/field events. Lots of fun, noise and excitement filled the sports hall for 2 hours but finally we had our winners which were Stoborough Primary and St Marys Swanage, they will represent the Purbeck area in the athletics playoff in January.
An excellent term well done all, and one massive thank you to all my leaders who tirelessly give up their time on a Thursday afternoon to deliver activities and officiate, I couldn’t do it without you.
School Sports Coordinator