Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:18
The start of the term saw us meet for the Goalball pre level 2 practice session providing opportunity for our Enhanced schools to brush up on the rules and develop skills to ensure they were confident ahead of the Level 2 School Games competition later in the term.
It was great to see all your children embracing the game with such enthusiasm. The session was action packed finishing in an exciting round of games with even the staff trying their hand at the game. As time was not on our side we never had the chance to announce a Shining Star; this went to Caitlyn of Blackthorn who displayed wonderful enthusiasm in practice and it was great to see her performing so well in the Level 2 competition. Well done Caitlyn.
With a little luck on our side the weather was kind and allowed us to host the cluster Year 3 Multi-Sports Festival at Northampton Academy. It was an excellent turn out by you all and we were particularly pleased to see all our schools embrace the inclusive flavour these events provide helping to enable more of your children to be active.
Our next cluster event will be the Quicksticks Hockey practice session on Wednesday 19th April at Northampton Academy.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:02
This term has seen the start of our Young Leader Review sessions. I have had the pleasure of going into some of our primary schools to see the amazing work the Young Leaders are doing. It has been brilliant to see how they have risen to the challenge. Most of the schools have really well organised daily schedules displayed around the school, with different students leading activities every lunchtime. In addition to playground activities, the leaders have also been promoting competition within their schools by supporting staff with Level 1 competitions. Some of the leaders have even been running assemblies to promote their events, and taking on media roles by photographing and reporting on sports events. Keep up the good work!
In February we held a pre-level 2 Archery Practice session at Kingsthorpe College ahead of the upcoming Level 2 competitions. Many of the pupils who came along had never tried archery before so it was a great introduction to the sport. They took part in 4 different archery activity stations throughout the morning. The children had a brilliant time and some of the teachers even gave it a try!
We held our annual Cluster Cross-Country competition on 27th February. We had nearly 200 children from Years 4-6 competing at Kingsthorpe College. In true cross-country style, it rained throughout the event but this didn't dampen our spirits! There were some amazing performances in all the races. All the results were totally up at the end and I am delighted to announce that All Saints Primary School won. It was a privilege to go into their school assembly to present the trophy.
Year 3 pupils from Barry, Bridgewater, All Saints and Parklands came to Kingsthorpe College for a Multi-Sport Festival on 14th March. The pupils took part in 4 different activities that were organised and run by Year 7/8 students from the Kingsthorpe College Young Leaders Development Squad. We were also lucky enough to have Amy Thomason running some cheerleading taster sessions for the primary pupils to take part in.
It has been a really busy term for our cluster and next term is set to be similar! We are already planning a Year 2 Multi-Sport Festival, an athletics practice session and more young leaders training opportunities.
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:50
On Tuesday 21st April, the Duston Sports Centre hosted the Year 4/5 Inclusive Arrows Archery Competition. Yet again we can boast a record number of school participating in the Year 4/5 Inclusive Arrows competition with 14 schools participating over two competitions. The quality of the competition was of an exceptional level, and very evident that schools are really embedding this sport within the school programme, and offering young people the opportunity to prepare adequately for the competition. Young Leaders from Northgate School Arts College who earlier in the year has undertaken some Arrows Leaders training ensured the competition flowed and was officiated at the highest level ensuring the best placed schools progress to the Level 3 Summer School Games;
1st: Kingsthorpe College Primary School
2nd: Boothville Primary School
3rd: Queen Eleanor Primary Academy
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:25
Rosalyne Peet, head teacher at Brackley Junior school shares her story with us, the letter she has written to the parents of her students and the early days of her blog whilst training for the near 33mile walk.
Mrs Peet's Sponsored Walk to Work Day – Friday 21st April 2017
As a school we are dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy food and eating. As you will be aware, Northamptonshire County Council has targeted us for the 'Healthy School Programme' and through this scheme we are investigating a range of initiatives that include a proactive approach to the health and wellbeing of all of our community.
In keeping with the theme, I have decided to take part in a sponsored walk to work which will take place between the national 'Walk to Work Day' (7th April) and the 'Walk to School Week' (15th – 19th May).
Some of you may know that I live in Rugby, a distance of 32.6 miles by car. I am hoping that this can be reduced to approximately 28 miles by following a more direct route. Nevertheless, this being quite an undertaking, I am hoping that you will enter into the spirit of it by sponsoring me, rather than joining me (although you are of course welcome. I shall be leaving Rugby at 4.30am!)
Thankfully, our school governor, Mr Hiley, who is an experienced walker will accompany me on the day to keep me on the right route. My aim is to arrive at school before the end of the day so that the children can see me having completed the walk and, if I am still in control of my faculties, I plan to deliver a short assembly.
All money raised will go directly in the School Fund and we are currently exploring ideas to improve our outdoor space. You can donate 2 ways:
Please give generously and wish me luck - I think that I am going to need it!
Take a look at Rosalyne's blog so far:
Tuesday 7th March :-
I have woken up to the realisation that I have agreed to do a sponsored walk to work! I live 32.6 miles from work! It takes 50 minutes in the car. How long will it take walking? Oh boy – I better start training.
Thursday 9th March – Tonight would seem to be the perfect night to start training – I am off to the hairdresser's by foot. My first 3 miles!
Saturday 11th March – I have convinced my husband to join me on a walk today. 3.5 miles along the Great Central Railway. Don't panic it is disused.
Sunday 12th March – Woke up to glorious sunshine. Off to my next training session. 5.2 miles walk (8.5 km) around Draycote Water in the company of my husband again. Peet family motto – 1 in all in!
Monday 13th March – Unfortunately I arrive home after dark so the walking is restricted to paths that are lit. Another 5.2 miles (8.5 km).
Tuesday 14th March – No Training tonight but I am visiting my sports therapist (Cat) – an integral part to being able to achieve this challenge. Unfortunately, I am carrying two injuries at the moment – A ruptured Achilles Tendon for which I had a procedure for over the Christmas Period and a back injury. 1 ½ hours later and I am ready to face the week ahead.
Wednesday 15th March – Only a 3 mile walk tonight – I am still recovering from last night's treatment.
Thursday 16th March – My sister invites me to dinner – She lives 5 miles way, perfect training distance and Chinese is on the dinner table. Great incentive.
Saturday 18th March – Another perfect day for walking. 10.00am my husband and I arrive at Draycote Water for our next training session. Today's aim is to walk around twice. 10.5 miles (17.7 km)! The first lap was in the company of my husband but he drops out as I start the second lap. The second lap was in the company of Aaron Copland (#Appalachian Spring #Rodeo #Billy the Kid). I manage it faster with him as my companion!
Sunday 19th March – Feeling like a change of scenery today – Off to Pitsford Reservoir. It is really windy today and I desperately want to join the sailors but I have to keep walking! My husband is with me again but 3.7 miles (6 km) in and he has to stop. I have finally exhausted him – I have a sneaky feeling he spotted the ice-cream van. Unfortunately, it is a circular route so someone has to continue on for another 5.4 miles (8.7 Km). There better be an ice-cream at the end for me!
We hope to bring you more updates next month. In the meantime, if you want to support Rosalyne, the details of her fundraising are above. And if your school or workplace want to get involved in a similar scheme, don't hesitate to get in touch. email@example.com
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:44
Northamptonshire Sport, Corby Borough Council and The Triathlon Trust are delighted to be organising FREE kids' duathlon distance challenge event on Wednesday 17th May at Lodge Park Sports Centre, Corby.
This fun, non-competitive and inclusive event, delivered by the Triathlon Trust, is suitable for children in Years 3-8, of all abilities, including those who may need additional support for physical disabilities or special educational needs. All equipment is provided.
Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis and we encourage you to secure your place early to avoid disappointment.
You can book online at: http://www.northamptonshiresport.org/cotsspprimarycalendar and select the duathlon event.
Further details of the event are attached below for your information.
Within Corby, there is a thriving junior triathlon club which has seen year on year growth and has grown into one of the largest tri clubs in the county. It attracts members from 3 counties and continues to help foster opportunities across the town. For more information visit http://www.corbytri.com/
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:32
On Wednesday 15th March 2017 over 1150 Year 4/5/6 pupils from 35 schools across Northampton descended on Abington Park for the annual Year 4/5/6 Partnership Cross Country Championships. An annual Cross Country competition has been hosted by the Partnership for over 10 years, and year on year the competition steps up to another level, despite the course last year being changed to make it more challenging. This was the biggest Cross Country Championships that we have every hosted - it was great to see so many young people so determined to complete the challenging course.
The results for the TEAM Competitions were;
Year 4 Girls Team Competition
1st: The Good Shepherd Primary School 'A' Team (22 points)
2nd: Millway Primary School 'A' Team (31 points)
3rd: St Luke's Primary School 'A' Team (41 points)
Year 4 Boys Team Competition
1st: Millway Primary School 'A' Team (16 points)
2nd: The Good Shepherd Primary School 'A' Team (20 points)
3rd: Weston Favell Primary School 'A' Team (42 points)
Year 5 Girls Team Competition
1st: The Good Shepherd Primary School 'A' Team (13 points)
2nd: Millway Primary School (22 points)
3rd: Delapre Primary School 'A' Team (37 points)
Year 5 Boys Team Competition
1st: St Luke's Primary School 'A' Team (29 points)
2nd: Boothville Primary School 'A' Team (36 points)
3rd: Millway Primary School 'A' Team (44 points)
Year 6 Girls Team Competition
1st: Millway Primary School 'A' Team (27 points)
2nd: Delapre Primary School 'A' Team (40 points)
3rd: St Luke's Primary School 'A' Team (45 points)
Year 6 Boys Team Competition
1st: Millway Primary School 'A' Team (28 points)
2nd: Bridgewater Primary School (40 points)
3rd: St Luke's Primary School 'A' Team (57 points)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:00
On Wednesday 7th June, The Women's Tour returns to Northamptonshire for the 4th consecutive year, hosting Stage 1 of the 5 stage tour with the route starting in Daventry, and finishing once again in Kettering.
Last year, we ran some competitions to engage school children in the build up to the arrival of the Women's Tour and once again we will be running the same competitions.
For Secondary schools, the competition is to "Design a start flag" is open to those in years 7-9. The flag design should reflect one of the following:
- Northamptonshire and the local community
- Women's Sport
- Celebration of Culture and Sport
- Women's Cycling
The winner will have their flag made up into a real life flag, and will be invited to start the race with the chosen dignitary, using the flag they designed. The winner must be available to do this on the morning on Wednesday 7th June 2017. Last year's winner was Kate from Prince William School, Oundle.
For Primary Schools, the competition is to "Design a Women's Cycle Jersey" and is open to those in yrs 3-6.
The Jersey design should reflect one or more of the following:
- Northamptonshire and the local community
- Women's Sport
- Celebration of Culture and Sport
- Women's Cycling
Last year's winner was Caitlin from St Patricks in Corby. The winner will get their jersey made up and will present it to the stage winner at the end of the race on Wednesday 7th June in Kettering at approximately 2.30-3.30pm. There will also be around 17 runners up places in this competition, each of whom will get the chance to be a team mascot at the start of the race on Daventry on Weds 7th June 2017. All t-shirt and flag templates can be found at www.northamptonshiresport.org/cultural-competitions
All entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org marked "Cultural Competition" or uploaded to www.northamptonshiresport.org/cultural-competitions by the closing date of Friday 28th April 2017.
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:00
16 year old Freddy Raku (pictured right) has become somewhat of a Kettering Futsal star this year. Freddy began playing Futsal at a Satellite Club that was set up at Latimer Arts College, in partnership with Kettering Futsal Club in 2015.
Identified as a talented player, Freddy was selected to represent Kettering Futsal Club Mens Team in the National League and has since made his debut representing England regional Under 19 Midlands team.
Lottery funded through Sport England's Satellite Club Programme, the Satellite Club has gone from strength to strength and over 40 students aged 11-16 have taken advantage of the Futsal club at the school.
We would like to wish Freddy all the best as he takes the next steps in his futsal career and hope to see him on , and off the pitch as he prepares to take his Level 1 Futsal Coaching Course to inspire more young people to get involved.
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:06
On Wednesday 1st March and Friday 3rd March 2017 23 Schools competed in the Level 2 Arrows Archery Competition at Northampton and Thomas Becket School. The interest from pupils and schools to participate in Arrows Archery has seen a huge growth in the last 12 months, with many school investing in the equipment to enable more young people to have the opportunity to participate on their own school site.
The performances of the vast majority of the schools was better than last year, testament to the preparation opportunities staff are offering their selected team and the investment in equipment to allow practice sessions to also take place.
1st: Thorplands Primary School (293 points)*
2nd: Queen Eleanor Primary Academy (290 points)*
3rd: East Hunsbury Primary School (267 points)
*Schools qualify for the Level 3 Summer School Games
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:23
The Youth Sport Trust celebrated with a host of schools, young people and teachers at the YST National Conference 2017, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry last week. Annual awards were handed out to those who have inspired and led change in PE, school sport and physical activity.
Redwood Secondary School in Rochdale was named as the YST Outstanding Special Education Needs Disability (SEND) School, an award sponsored by PGL. Friars Academy in Wellingborough was highly commended in this category.
Rhian Turnbull, PE Leader at Friars Academy, was delighted with the award. Friars Academy also picked up an award for Inclusion Advocacy. Being highly commended as Inclusion advocates for change across Northants at the Youth Sport Trust conference is a huge accolade.
Congratulations to everyone involved in achieving these awards.