Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:30
Its been a pretty amazing year for Sport in Northamptonshire but who is your 2016 Northamptonshire Sports Personality of the Year?
The nominees for the Northamptonshire Sports Personality 2016 (sponsored by Travis Perkins) are :
- Teimana Harrison - Rugby Union
- John-Joe O'Toole - Football
- Charley Hull – Golf
- Eleanor Robinson – Swimming
- Kyren Wilson - Snooker
- Ben Duckett - Cricket
- Meghan MacLaren – Golf
- Carl Fail - Boxing
- Dermot Bailey - Wheelchair tennis
- Dylan Fletcher - Sailing
- Giles Scott - Sailing
- Hannah Barnes - Cycling
Find out more about each athlete below.
Teimana Harrison – Rugby Union (Northampton Saints) Teimana swept the board at the Saint's end of year awards evening, winning Players Player, Supporters Player and Breakthrough Player awards. He was also selected to play for England, making his debut in May 2016 against Wales
JohnJoe O'Toole – Football (Northampton Town FC) Player of the year for Northampton Town FC, helping the club to win the League 2 title. In the process the team broke their club record of 8 successive wins, extending the winning run to 9 successive games.
Charley Hull – (Golf) A member of Team GB Olympic squad, England's highest world ranked golfer was in bronze medal place after the third round before finishing tied for 7th.
Eleanor Robinson – (Swimming) Eleanor won 1 silver & 3 Bronze medals on her GB debut, a Gold & 2 Silver at the National Championships & 1 Gold & 2 Bronze at the International Championships earlier this year where she broke the 50M British Butterfly record. This qualified her for the GB Paralympic team in Rio where she went on to win a Gold in the 50m Butterfly and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle.
Kyren Wilson – (Snooker) Following his success in last season, where he won his first ranking title, winning the 2015 Shanghai Masters, Kyren made the final of the Indian Open where he narrowly lost.
Ben Duckett – (Cricket) The left handed batsman/wicket keeper for Northants Steel Backs has had a stand out season, helping Northants to win the Natwest T20 Blast for the second time. His form has also bought him a call up to the England Lions squad, and this week he became the first cricketer to win the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in the same year.
Meghan MacLaren (Golf) Meghan is ranked 27th in the World Amateur Golf rankings and is a proven winner on the amateur golfing circuit. A plus 4 hanidcapper, Meghan played in the Curtis Cup, making the winning putt. She has recently graduated from the Florida International University where she majored in English.
Carl Fail – (Boxing) Having only made his senior debut in March, 19 year old Far Cotton ABC boxer Carl Fail began an unparalleled year of success by claiming the England Boxing Elite Senior National Title in the 69kg weight category. Carl followed this victory up by winning gold at the GB Elite Tri-Nations Championships, before his crowning achievement; a place on Team GB's Podium Potential Squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Dermot Bailey – (Wheelchair Tennis) Dermot took up wheelchair Tennis aged 8 and has become one of the most promising players in the game. This year he has broken into the world top 50, has won the national singles title, made his senior GB team debut (who won bronze at world team cup) and he has travelled to the Paralympics to experience the atmosphere as he prepares for Tokyo 2020.
Dylan Fletcher – Sailing (Olympics) One half of Team GB's 49ers sailing team, Dylan alongside his team mate Alan Signs were contenders for medals. On course early on, the pair unfortunately capsized their boat and finished in 6th position.
Giles Scott – (Sailing) The four time Finn Gold Cup winner also won the gold medal for Team GB in the Finn Class at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He is also involved in an America's Cup campaign with Ben Ainslie Racing.
Hannah Barnes (Cycling) Won the 2016 British National Championships women's road race, narrowly beating her sister to the title. Having only returned from injury in April, Hannah competed in the Women's Tour, where she finished 22nd, she beat a top class field to earn the title of British Champion.
You can vote online here - the winner will be announced at the Northamptonshire Sports Awards on 10th November. Each person is limited to one vote. Where the organisers believe that a person has submitted more than one vote, the additional votes will be discounted at the discretion of the organisers.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:27
Northamptonshire Sport has launched their latest teacher training programme for the 2016-17 academic year.
Courses run from September through to May across a range of subjects and include the popular annual Physical Education and School Sport Conference.
Bookings can be made online through the Northamptonshire Sport website.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:50
Northamptonshire County Council have some great prizes to give away for those schools who manage to clock up the highest number of steps, with prizes for top two Primary Schools (including infant and Junior) and top two Secondary Schools)
- 1st Place: £500 worth of vouchers towards sports equipment
- 2nd Place: £250 worth of vouchers towards sports equipment
To provide an even playing field, and ensure the competition is inclusive of all schools the highest number of steps will be calculated by adding a schools total number of accumulated steps divided by number of pupils on role (Reception to Yr 6 & Staff or Yr 7 to Year 13 & Staff).
For example NSport Primary School accumulate 20,000 steps, have 120 pupils on the school role and 30 members of staff working at the school - 20,000/150 = 133 steps.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:35
The 2016/17 Calendar of Opportunities is now live for the schools to participate in. The calendar is still waiting for some KS1 dates and additional Change4Life Festival details.
We have introduced an easier system for entry which should allow schools to track how many teams you have entered into each competition (except cross countries)
Through consultation deadlines for entries will be introduced. Schools will need to enter one term in advance and will only be able to enter that terms events.
Deadline for entries:
23rd September 2016
21st October 2016
16th December 2016
10th February 2017
31st March 2017
26th May 2017
An awful lot of time and resources are currently being wasted by schools withdrawing at late notice and failing to turn up to competitions/events organised by the Partnership. It not only causes problems to the core staff, but it also affects the other schools involved in the competition/event.
Therefore schools who fail to give at least 48 hours' notice to withdraw or fail to turn up will be fined £25. This will be ring-fenced to go towards the cost of equipment and certificates for 2017/18.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:30
Kettering's St. Andrews Church of England Primary School has been awarded special recognition this week for embedding Healthier Child principles within their school. Pupils and staff were joined by special guests to receive the recognition at a celebration on Wednesday 13th July. The special award was presented by Councillor Matthew Golby , Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Education.
Councillor Golby spoke of the fantastic initiatives that have been implemented within the school to improve healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health and wellbeing of children and staff. Councillor Golby went on to say;
"It Is a real honour to present the award to St. Andrews and it has been fantastic to visit classrooms where health and wellbeing is at the heart of education ".
Key successes at the school include addressing the low uptake of school meals by consulting with children and parents. As a result of this, the school created a breakfast club and cookery club where partners such as the Co-Operative and Asda have provided produce and delivered 'Fair Trade' education. Linked to this, is the 'Alive N Kicking' project to engage families with healthy eating and physical activity education.
Additionally, St. Andrews have developed an excellent provision of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity and deliver a range of after -school activities for children , which has included sport, physical activity , cooking, Little Ambassadors and much more.
Staff and Student wellbeing is at the heart of St. Andrews and the school have been commended for the initiatives such as peer mediation, mindfulness and TAHMS (Targeted Mental Health In Schools) practices within the school.
The Healthier Child Project has a team of four dedicated Healthy Child Advisors, providing tailored 1:1 support for Primary Schools including guided self-assessments and action plans to help improve Health and Wellbeing within the School community. 128 schools are engaged in the programme and if you would like to find out more information please email us email@example.com .
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:34
Northamptonshire Sport in Partnership with Create Development are facilitating the following workshop:
real PE is a fun and simple to follow Scheme of Work and support for Early Years and Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 practitioners
real PE is developed by Create Development and is fully aligned with the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements, not only does it focus on Agility, Balance and Coordination and Healthy Competition it is also designed to work on the children's personal, social, creative and cognitive skills with the objective of creating independent learners.
If you want to see real PE in action please take a look at our short video and/or if you are interested in the impact real PE has in schools please click on the link below.
We have a real PE three day workshop on the following dates;
Day 1 is on Monday 27th September 2016
Day 2 is on Monday 21st November 2016
Day 3 is on Monday 16th Jan 2017
Each delegate will receive the interactive Schemes of Work for their year group; supporting resources, with clear learning journeys, integrate the assessment framework and tools to evidence and celebrate rapid sustained progress.
Cost for the workshops, including interactive Scheme of Work and supporting resources is; £495.00+VAT
To book click on the link: http://www.northamptonshiresport.org/training-courses/2016/09/real-pe-eysks1-andks2-three-day-course1
If you would like any more information please contact
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:00
The 2016 Northamptonshire School Games programme came to a grand finale on Thursday 7th July at Moulton College, as almost 1500 young athletes all gathered together to compete in a variety of sports to try and become County Champions.
150 young leaders from local schools and clubs across the county supported the running of the competitions. Having completed a training programme prior to the event, they helped Northamptonshire Sport and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) with the smooth running of the Games.
74 schools from across the county participated and represented their School Sport Partnership in 18 different sports including: Archery and Arrows Inclusive Archery, Athletics (Quadkids), Basketball, a Change4Life festival finale, Cycling, Goalball, Tri Golf, Hockey, Quick sticks Hockey, Multi-Skills, Netball, Rounders, Rugby Sevens, Softball and Tennis.
The Northamptonshire School Games is part of the National School Games Programme; an Olympic Legacy programme, now in its fifth year. Delivered in the County by Northamptonshire Sport, the programme consists of two events: the Winter Games (held this year at Kettering Sports Arena in February), and the Summer Games. For the schools taking part it was the culmination of 4 months of inter-school and intra-school competitions within each of the 5 Northamptonshire School Sport Partnerships, the winners of which made it through to this Summer's Grand Final.
Athletes entered the main field in their School Sport Partnership groups as part of a parade. Each School Sport Partnership was led in by a flag bearer from their district who has shown exceptional qualities in School Sport. Once assembled, we were treated to a fantastic dance from Blakesley Primary School Dance club, themed on the 6 different Spirit of the games values which are respect, self belief, determination, passion, teamwork and honesty.
Moulton College Principal, Steve Davies then welcomed everyone to the College before our Sporting Champion, Team GB Swimmer from the London Olympics, Grant Turner took the stage. Grant gave an inspirational talk about his experiences of missing out on the Beijing Olympics in 2008 by 0.002 of a second, about overcoming failure, and about how he overcame this to reach the London 2012 Olympic games. Grant then officially opened the 2016 Summer School Games.
Before each team went to their competitions, a representative from each partnership made a pledge relating to each of the school games values and Grant concluded with his pledge about Passion and always trying hard.
Gary Sheppard Assistant Director of Northamptonshire Sport said "Today we had the pleasure of hosting yet another fantastic day of school sport. In addition to the strongly contested competitions , the display of the School Games core values of; Respect, Self belief , Determination, Honesty, Fair Play and Passion were all recognised. 'Spirit of the Games' wrist bands were awarded to competitors demonstrating these core values during their competitions. The quality and quantity of competitors in the School Games programme here in Northamptonshire is bigger and better than ever before which shows us the value that PE and School Sport brings to schools, teachers, pupils and young leaders ."
South Northants and Daventry School Sport Partnership were in the lead after the Winter Games, and are hoping for a hatrick of School Games wins this year. Northampton district are hot on their heels this summer but it looks likely that South Northants and Daventry will claim a third victory. All teams eagerly await the final medal tally and points from all the Summer Games competitions which will be added to the winter scores and the Northamptonshire School Games School Sport Partnership of 2016 title will be announced in the next few days.
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:57
Our Summer School Games Finals take place on Thursday this week at Moulton College. Whilst you may be familiar with many of the more traditional sports on offer, Rounders, Athletics, Netball and Tennis, one of the fantastic elements of the School Games in the Inclusivity and the range opportunities for those with additional needs to compete against other schools.
Leigh Cooper from Oakway Academy in Wellingborough tells us about how his students took up Goalball and how excited they are about competing in the School Games Finals on Thursday.
In May 2016 we were invited to a Level 2 Inclusive Goalball competition at Pemberton Centre in Rushden. On receiving the invitation we had no idea what Goalball was so we carried out some research and we quickly realised that it was a brilliant opportunity to promote a brand new sport with our children.
The tournament was inclusive so we gathered all the necessary information for our SEND children and invited them all to come and take part at lunchtimes with the P.E. Team. We also invited children who we thought would benefit from the experience, for example, children who needed help with their confidence levels or those who had not been to a competition before. The response by the children was fantastic and the numbers wanting to attend were high. There soon became a Goalball 'craze' around the school with many children rapidly learning what Goalball was and how to play it.
Through raising awareness of the sport around the school and through practice we began to have an idea of a group of children we wanted to take to the Level 2 competition. We were able to enter two teams which we filled comfortably due to the enthusiasm of the children and their commitment to learning the game, especially in their own time. The final teams ended up consisting mainly of SEND children and for many of them it was their first competition. Whatever the outcome the children had been given a chance to experience something new, which we hoped would develop a new found confidence that they could then take back into their core learning.
When we had finalised our team we began to work on the finer details of the game and exposed the children to all of the rules and techniques that they could use. Throughout this time the children's passion to learn and develop was awe-inspiring, so we knew we were taking a great group of children to participate in something exciting.
When the day came for the Level 2 competition, the children were extremely enthusiastic and they all looked smart, knew the game 'inside out' and behaved impeccably. Both teams performed consistently well winning both of their groups and made it an all Oakway final! The final was a close game with the A team edging victory. The children had given it their all during the competition and their hard work paid off. It was a fantastic occasion with both teams getting through to the Summer Games Finals – a proud moment for all of our school community.
Goalball has had a positive impact, giving the children pride and belief, raising standards of sport and physical education for all children within our school and our community.
To continue the momentum we continue to run the Goalball club every lunchtime which is organised by our Young Leaders. Our Young Leader's worked alongside us during the process of developing Goalball at our Academy, so they were confident in running the club.
With the foundations laid we are now supporting other schools in their development of Goalball. We recently held a training session with another school that was run by our Young Leaders. It was an opportunity to further our understanding of the game and to promote and encourage the sport with another school. The session inspired the school to go back and create their own club. This builds important partnerships and we hope to work with other schools in the near future.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:00
Drowning Prevention week is now drawing to a close for another year but the messages around Drowning Prevention and Water Safety should always be adhered to and never taken likely. Drowning accounts for more deaths in the UK each year than through Fire, and walkers and joggers are at most risk of getting into difficulty in or near water.
Following on from the fantastic work carried out earlier this year with Hardingstone Academy, the school's water Safety Ambassadors have been working with Steve Jackson to come up with some advice and guidance on staying safe around water.
The students have recently produced a "Sky News" piece covering some interesting facts around water safety with some hard hitting facts about the number of deaths due to drowning each year, one every 20 hours in the UK. You can watch the student's excellent video here.
The young people at Hardingstone Adacemy have been fantastic, engaged and so professional throughout the course of the programme taking on their role as water safety ambassadors very seriously. As part of their recent new piece, students interviewed Senior fire officer and CFOA lead officer for Drowning prevention, Dawn Whittaker. Dawn was impressed with the students and the work they have done to raise awareness of drowning
"I sincerely hope the young people involved have gained both confidence and water safety and drowning prevention knowledge from the project, which I believed addressed such a wide range of educational attainment objectives."
Dawn will be joining Steve Jackson next weekend at the Royal Lifesaving Societies (RLSS) national conference and AGM, which is taking place in Daventry, Northamptonshire.
For more information on water safety and drowning prevention, you can contact Steve on Steve.Jackson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk or visit http://www.rlss.org.uk/water-safety/drowning-prevention-week
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:00
Our Level 3 School Games final are now in full flow. We have our annual summer School Games on 7th July but various stand alone competitions are also taking place throughout June and July.
On Friday 24th June, we hosted the year 5 and 6 level 3 Swimming Finals at Corby International pool.
Two schools from each of the five partnerships took part in a series of 11 different races. All schools had a mixture of boys and girls taking part in a variety of events including butterfly and back stroke as well as relay races.
After the finals were completed, SouthEnd Junior School from Rushden and Nicholas Hawksmoor from Towcester were tied on points so a "swim off" was needed to determine a winner.
SouthEnd just snatched the win, with Parklands from Northampton coming third.
While the judges sorted out the medal ceremony, we were joined by special guest Eleanor Robinson, an inspirational swimmer from Northampton Swimming Club, who is going to the Paralympics in Rio in September.
Eleanor came to present the medals to the teams, but she also offered us her time to talk about her achievements and dreams. Eleanor trains 8 times a week and now has a nutritional plan to follow, in order to keep herself in the best shape for Rio.
She spoke about how excited she is to be part of a team of 31 athletes, aged 13-30plus, all heading out for the Paralympics in September. She takes it all in her stride and is clearly loving and living the dream.
Eleanor presented our third and second place medals before having a picture with the eventual winners, SouthEnd Junior School. Well done to all teams and thank you and Good Luck to Eleanor in Rio.