I was fortunate enough to go to Rosslyn Park with the Senior Sevens squad this week. For the third year in a row we progressed to the second day putting us in the top 20 or so schools in the country. As I walk round the tournament I see some schools with big banners proclaiming their sporting heritage and success. As our sixth-formers said at the time ‘we are confident not arrogant’. However, with the end of term assemblies we do reflect on sport for the year so far.
Below I have attached the end of term speeches in the main sports so you can see what has been happening. It is also about a year ago we started a discussion about sport at the Grammar School. Thank you again for the input from surveys and focus groups. This led to seemingly divergent focus on ‘sport for all’ and ‘elite sport’. And as always with boys – food. This dialogue is still ongoing so do feel free to bend my ear on touchlines – we won’t always get it right but I assure you we are as passionate as you.
In the last two terms we have had over 34 teams play 6 or more fixtures. Sports tours in all the lower school age groups and increasing the breadth into ‘combat sports’ with more opportunities for swimming, climbing, basketball and even shooting. With triathlon coming on line in September I would like to think the opportunities are there and I am more than happy to sit with pupils individually to look at what might suit them. With the Thomas Burton Award we want every boy to leave here with a passion in something physical to help them handle stress and make friendships.
At the ‘Elite’ end we have had 18 boys this year involved in the Leicester Tigers Pathway in some form, representation at different Midlands levels in hockey and the cross-country team again had a great result in the national championships. To coincide with this, we are bringing in from September an ‘Elite Sports’ group to offer physiotherapy and training/nutrition advice for anyone who is Midlands level or better to help support their aspirations outside of school. We have brought in more coaching staff – many of which have recently played themselves at the highest level and Spring nets for Cricket.
However, our own sports staff are some of the most qualified and hardworking that I meet as I go round the schools we play. I am sure I speak for all of the boys and yourselves, as testament to the emails I regularly get, in thanking Mr Broadley and his team for going well above what is reasonable and bringing their passion, not only for sport but developing young men, on a daily basis. Also our ground and catering staff do a fantastic job but also yourselves for the almost relentless ferrying that is sometimes required. I hope you all have an active Easter as a family and please do contact me if you feel that your son hasn’t connected with co-curricular in the school.
Al Waters (AHCC)
Please find below the Sport Reports that were read out at the end of term assembly by the sixth-formers for our main winter sports in alphabetical order.
Cross Country Report
The term started off with luke warm success at the county cross-country relays. The year seven team finished in a solid fifth position, whilst the junior side battled hard to finish fourth. Our intermediate team, sadly weakened through injury and illness, wound up 5th. The Coaching staff realised that these results were in no small part due to lack of training over the Christmas break, and too many mince pies. This is a regular problem over the Christmas break despite the boys being told continue training and to monitor their refuelling.
The next few weeks saw the teams get back into their training and racing leading up to the county championships saw an upturn in fortunes. At the county championships themselves, a much fitter year seven team missed the bronze medals by only a couple of points. This is probably the most competitive race of their season so it was a very good performance. Similarly, the junior team, despite still missing a couple of runners through injury, picked up the bronze medal with fine runs from Olly Heathcote and Rory Maguire. At the Senior end, the team dominated with Olly Rouse winning the race and leading the team to a comfortable victory. A fine run from Luke Nuttall in the Intermediate race saw him pick up a bronze medal.
The year six team has also raced well this term, winning the Area championships with Xavi Scroff and Jake Duncan qualifying to run in the county championships at Prestwold Hall. This young side has shown much promise and tremendous enthusiasm in their competitions this year.
The single most important race of the season, the King Henry 8th relay, which is the National championships, has been the main Senior team focus this term. Tragically, the team, which on paper had a very good chance of repeating last year fantastic victory, was decimated by an injury to one of our leading runners. Dan Maud failed a fitness test 20 minutes before the start of the race. However, the team of Luke Nuthall, Ben Rouse, Ollie Rouse, Bailey Peart, Jack Douglas, and Tom Hughes managed to finish an impressive sixth out of over 60 competing schools. It is a statement of where we stand as a school that both boys and coaching staff were a little disappointed with this result, when really 6th in the country is still a very good result.
The success of the boys at the senior end of the school was reflected in the County teams for the English schools Championships. Luke Nuttall (intermediate) Jack Douglas, Ollie Rouse, Ben Rouse, Dan Maud and Scott Ram (seniors) all selected to compete for Leicestershire at the event in Leeds in mid-March.
As the season draws to a close, the boys can look back with much satisfaction on some impressive performances. Numbers remain relatively light, especially in the lower school, but those involved have worked very hard all season. The effort and training requirements for this sport are quite unique, but so is the warm glow of satisfaction on a job well done!
Mr D Miles
Really well done to everyone who has played football for the school this year, we are building a strong reputation both within the school and around the circuit for having structured, technical teams so that is something to be very proud of. We have an overall win ratio, from all teams of 62%, winning 23 of our 37 matches. Competition is healthy for places, encouraging players to perform at all times – a wholly positive response.
Despite two early losses, the 15s recorded some heavy wins with the standout performance being away at Bedford. Some goals from around the team with Dabin’s excellent work-rate as well as from Bradshaw and Brannam. Horsnall has marshalled the midfield along with Whitmore at the heart of the defence. Hull in goal has impressed too with both Whitmore and Hull being called up for higher age group teams.
Had a very successful season going unbeaten throughout. There is plenty of talent in this team but the real reason for the success is the boy’s thirst for improvement and hard work. Seeing the 16s come up against senior sides from other schools and having a ruthless record is encouraging for next year, P5 W4 D1, scoring 33 and scoring 6, there’s plenty of competition for places next year.
The seconds lost the first 3 games of the season but did turn it around. An excellent 0v0 away at Oundle school was a pivotal point in the season. The most impressive performance came in the last match of the season in the snow, against a strong Stowe school. An early goal from Eve followed by some persistent defending along with a hint of dark arts, saw-in the 1v0 win. Eve finished as the season’s leading goalscorer with 4 goals and Gough’s performances in goal did not go unnoticed.
The 1st XI have won 9 of their 12 games,losing only one. The buy-in from the team has been impressive, regarding the game-plan and strategy throughout the season. The boys always have something in the locker to get them through. Werb in midfield has provided 8 assists with his vision, while Armellini and Pagett-Wright have seen to the opposition’s danger players as necessary. This season’s ‘Capocannoniere’, Corden, has scored 15 goals in 13 games. The victory at home to Stowe late on in the season demonstrated character and drive to win the game 3v1 after going in at half-time 0v1 down.
Mr N Hewitt
How do we measure success? This is a question that hangs over me on an almost daily basis. Currently I am able to quantify success in a number of areas. Firstly, the joy and positivity evident at all our training sessions and matches. Our players are always eager to learn and to give of their best. Secondly we have superb numbers of boys opting for hockey, especially in the lower school ages. Thirdly, and most importantly development of talent; the Coaching team of Dr Rhodes, Mr Sutcliffe and Mr Dowsett, have been superb all year. The real jewels in the hockey crown however, have been our two Graduate sports assistants. Mr Stephen Hunter has spent two years with us. His calm and measured approach has been a real asset to myself and the players. His DNA of passing hockey and hard work off the ball has really rubbed off onto the U14’s. Mr Callum Holloway has been an inspiration to all the boys throughout the school. His U15 team have improved immeasurably, especially in their appreciation of the whole game, not just individual outcomes. I am devastated to be losing them as staff, but wish them well in all they do, as they begin new chapters in their lives. Thank you Both!
Our notable performances and moments this have the following;
Many other boys are also opting for club representation to continue their journey in hockey. I wish to thank all the staff who support the hockey programme and indeed all school sport and the boys who play. But most importantly want to wish our school leavers in year 13, these boys have had a rough ride as hockey players yet have always given their best, trained hard, been a pleasure to be around and can hold their heads up high as they move on to bigger things next year.
Mr J Clarke
It’s always difficult to maintain momentum into the Spring term after such a physical and busy Autumn term. However, the boys once again showed their character and continued attitude to finish the 15 a side season well. The weather once again played a part on our return from the Christmas break.
Given that this time of year this is the norm, the remaining 3 fixtures of the season were played out with enthusiasm, coupled with some great wins across the board. The U15’s maintained their winning form with good wins and we can’t forget to mention the U13b team who maintained their 100% winning record (it’s not all about winning though is Mr Korosi ).
The seniors didn’t finish the way they would have liked, injuries, Midlands and Tigers academy selection didn’t help the cause, although the boys who did manage to take the field did the school proud.
The future looks very bright indeed at the lower end of the school. The U12’s successfully defended their county cup, the U13’s are very talented and I have no doubt that they will reap from the hard work they have put into training all year.
No fewer than 18 players are currently representing the Leicester Tigers Development Pathway scheme, and also two midlands representatives form the 1XV. Will Yarnell has obviously featured a number of times this year in terms of twitter feeds etc, what a year, not only representing the Tigers Academy, the Tigers 1XV in the Anglo Welsh on two separate occasions but actually going on to win the Academy league as well.
The 7’s season would have been busier than ever (although the Beast from the east had other ideas) Over 15 tournaments had been entered. We did however, manage a couple. The U14’s won the plate at Notts High (always good winning something at the old enemies back yard), the seniors won the bowl at King Edward School Stratford, and we managed to squeeze Rosslyn Park in, with the U13’s recording a respectable day with 3 wins from 5, the U16’s keeping their heads above water with some positive displays. However, the seniors once again exceeded expectations in getting to the 2nd day, 2nd year in a row. This is an incredible achievement, given the size of the tournament. Over 300 teams enter the Vase and to come in the last 18 is a phenomenal effort.
The boys always enjoy the 7’s season, and hopefully the weather will be better to us next year.
There were hugely successful tours by our U12’s to Blackpool and to our U14’s to Gods Country, Wales !!!
A thoroughly enjoyable evening was experienced by all on Wednesday 14th March, where the 5th Annual presentation evening was held to celebrate what has been an outstanding season at LGS, with former Tigers favorite and All Black Scott Hamilton there to present the awards to those lucky few boys.
None of the above would be possible without the help of so many staff members who give up their time to coach and help support the rugby at Loughborough Grammar School, thank you to those.
Mr E. Lewis