Sporting Activities Summer 2023

Once again, an excellent round-up of the summer term’s sporting activities so far has been provided by our own correspondent, the marvellous Mr H!

We have had a lot going on sports-wise in school this term. On top of all the clubs attended, we have had football for both the girls and the boys as well as a cricket festival. Here are the highlights:

Tuesday 2nd May

Boys football match – friendly

We welcomed Hogarth Juniors to play against our Year 6 boys in what would be their last match before they leave us in July. Hogarth were an unknown who hadn’t played in the Gedling Leagues so we had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be an extremely frustrating game – despite dominating throughout, we kept allowing Hogarth back into the game with sloppy defending. Our composure in both boxes wasn’t the best, which meant we finished the game 3-3. The Hogarth manager asked if we wanted a penalty shoot-out to determine a winner, which our boys were more than happy to do. Unfortunately, our composure deserted us again and we lost the shoot-out 4-3. Our scorers were Leo, Finley and Reuben. Star of the match was Finley.
Hogarth celebrated by having a pile-on on the pitch, and they couldn’t quite believe they had managed a draw with us! Frustrating end to what has been an enjoyable experience coaching the boys’ team this year. We have some fantastic players and the style of play has been a joy to watch. They have so much potential which I hope they continue to work hard to make the most of.

Friday 19th May

Year 5 Cricket Festival

We were invited to the wonderful Nottingham High School playing fields for the Year 5 Cricket festival. Our year 5’s hadn’t done cricket in their PE, so during lunchtimes we had them all practising the bowling and fielding exercises if they wanted to be a part of the team. Out of that group, we were able to pick 9 children to play. None of them had ever played a game before, so the festival was more about taking part and having an enjoyable experience.
We played 3 games in a league, with votes being given to an opposition batter and an opposition bowler. Each team would have a winner for both who would receive a medal at the presentation at the end.

The first game saw us take on Leen Mill primary school from Hucknall. We made 233 and they responded with 213. Highlights from this game were Freddi hitting a 4, and both Jacobs taking a great catch each. Then the shock on the faces of the team realising they had won!
Second game we took on Farnsfield. They were the most experienced team in our league but only beat us by about 20. Highlights from this game were Zelda’s bowling, and the all-round fielding effort from everyone.
Third game we took on Robert Shaw, and won by 234 to 217, with highlights including the great batting partnership between Bradley and Firefunmi, then Jacob W making 4 run outs in 4 balls. The fielding again was amazing and the difference between the 2 teams.
2 wins from 3, and each child was given a cookie and a drink for participating.
Our 2 players chosen by our opposition for medals were Freddi for his batting, and Firefunmi for his bowling.

Monday 22nd May

Girls Football match – friendly

With a frustrating season over and the girls only getting to play 2 matches due to many schools dropping out, it was nice to be able to get a friendly for them to showcase their skills. We made the short walk across the road to take on Sacred Heart. We took a young team, with four Year 5’s and two Year 4’s accompanying the Year 6’s.
The sun was hot and conditions were difficult with that heat along with the long grass meaning the ball wouldn’t roll easily and kept stopping under foot which made the football slow. That helped us out defensively but meant it was a struggle making chances to score. We did lose the game, but the girls defensively were brilliant against a strong, experienced group of girls’ footballers. Our star of the match was Rosie.

Tuesday 6th June

Year 3 Boccia

We took the superstar team of: Willow, Devon, Mollie, Bradley and Logan.

We played 10 games, against each other team 2 times. Of the 10 games, we won 6 in total which is an amazing achievement considering most of the other children there were Year 6. This meant we finished 2nd overall of the 6 teams! 1 place off being able to represent the whole of Gedling.

All the children showcased their amazing ability and perfect behaviour throughout. Each child had the chance to captain a game which helped them learn some valuable leadership skills moving forward.

Well done team!
Mr Huskinson & Miss Beeton

What to look out for

We are fast approaching the end of the school year. There isn’t anything booked and set in stone for us to go and attend as of yet. However, Year 6’s are still enjoying their swimming lessons every Tuesday morning. We have Year 5’s and 6’s doing some Orienteering with Mr Daniels at Gedling Country Park to look forward to. We also have the Notts County Foundation coaches in working with Year 5’s.
Excitingly, we have sports day to look forward to, so that will be here before we know it. Please look out for a letter that will be coming out with all the details for sports day soon. We look forward to seeing you there, and don’t forget to wear your trainers!

Thank you

With so many sporting events going on throughout the school year, it is important to recognise and thank the people behind the scenes who make sure we are allowed to do so much.
Firstly, Mrs Wood for saying yes every time we get invited to an event. Secondly, Mrs Cooke who reads through all the letters making sure all the information is correct. Mrs Belshaw for keeping me organized, which is a great challenge! Also, to all the staff who have come to events and helped ensure everyone is safe and happy.
Well done and thank you to all children who have represented us or have tried out for the numerous sporting teams we have. Long may it continue.
Finally, thank you to all the parents for the continued support, whether that is allowing your child to take part or coming to watch the events and cheer us on.

Thank you,
Mr. Huskinson

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