Sport at saltash.net is thriving on all fronts. 2015/2016 has seen another step up for our students as they continue to progress not just locally but nationally too.
Starting with football, where our reputation as a school that competes to a high level with a strong ethos of fair play continues. Our u16 girls are once again County Champions after a hard fought battle against Richard Lander School. The girls came out 3-1 winners on this occasion, following up their county championship at u14 level. These girls have represented the school amazingly for the last 5 years and we wish them all the very best as they continue with their football careers outside of school. Strong links are developing with Callington Ladies FC, with 5 of our current students making the step into the women’s game with them.
The year 7 boys have had an outstanding debut season. They beat Looe, Liskeard, Callington and Wadebridge on their way to becoming East Cornwall Champions, scoring 20 and conceding just 4 on the way. Richard Lander evened things up by beating them in the County Final with the game finishing 4-2 after extra time. They have shown great dedication, commitment and team work and a defeat in the county final will only spur them on to go and compete for it again next year. It has been a tremendous team effort and they were led fantastically by Captain Kieran O’Melia whose goals have been so important.
The year 7 girls have had a great season too, and although they did not have a county cup competition to compete in, they were not only undefeated but they actually won all 8 of their fixtures. It is exciting to think what these teams can be capable of in their next 5 years at saltash.net.
We have huge numbers of girls taking part in netball clubs with teaching staff and coaches from Plymouth and district netball league. We have also had coaches lead lessons and clubs from Plymouth Argyle Hockey, Saltash Amateur Boxing club and St Mellion Golf and Country club coming. We have real community links and this is providing fantastic opportunities for our students. The development of our new climbing wall is further helping to enhance the range of activities that we can offer.
The summer term brings athletics season and it has already been an encouraging start. We recently took 46 competitors to Brickfields for a super 8 athletics event and we could have probably taken another 46 on top of that such is the enthusiasm of the students. Boys’ teams from year 7 and 10 have qualified to represent East Cornwall at the Cornwall School games in July.
A special mention must go to the year 7 girls’ team. They have not yet done athletics in lessons but massive numbers are attending athletics club. They performed exceptionally well but unfortunately just missed out on qualification. Our ever present sports leaders were on hand to help run the event and, as always, did a fantastic job.
We run a ‘Sporting Achievement of the Month’ award to highlight some individual student success. We are proud of all of our students and it’s been great to hear how well they have been doing locally, regionally and nationally.
This year’s winners have been Jasmine Leslie- Swimming, George Falconer- national gymnastics champion, Rhys Northcott- football, Alfie Walker- regional gymnastics champion, Sophie Marsh- GB Octopush representative, Henry Curtis- athletics, Keeley Jenkins- Ice skating, George Thompson- Rugby, and Morgan Boyd- 3rd in National diving championships.
We heard today that David Wilks in year 13 is a national karate champion! Amazing achievement. Please let us know about your achievements and send all nominations to email@example.com.
There have been plenty of extra opportunities for our ‘high performing most able’ PE students this year. Our successful year 7 boys and girls football teams were treated to a training session from Plymouth Argyle coach Micky and player Carl McHugh. Our year 8 students have been working on a ‘Sky sports living for sport’ project with Olympic Athlete Heather Fell and students in years 9, 10 and 12 were taken to visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
One of the highlights of the school year is sports day and on 6th July this year it is bound to be a bit special being an Olympic Year. With every student encouraged to take part, this really is a day where participation can be celebrated.
Report by Dan Budd