05 Feb 2019
Uppingham Sport Spring Term Week Four

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Unfortunately, the weather resulted in the cancellation of a number of fixtures last week. Sports lessons were spent analysing videos, doing extra fitness and trying new sports as we tried to make sessions challenging and fun for our pupils.

The sporting culture we are trying to create at Uppingham is one of personal challenge. Our purpose is to, ‘Discover and Develop the Best in Every Individual through Engagement in Sport’. I would like our environment to be psychologically safe so that everyone feels able to ask challenging questions and are comfortable sharing their vulnerabilities. I would like our values to be based on our ‘Ten Things That Require Zero Talent’. Ultimately, I would like us to be judged on our culture and our values – not our wins and losses.


Saturday sees our fives team attempt to break the World Record of 42 hours for the longest game of fives. They start at 4.00am on Saturday and finish at 10.00pm on Sunday – I know that they would welcome any support you are able to give. They have also set up a Just Giving Page to help raise money for our fives programme: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Uppingham-worldrecord


Our 1st XI girls took on a superb Norwich School team in the last 16 of the Tier Two National Cup. The team has had a fantastic season and have had great fun working hard to play to their full potential – we have been royally entertained by the quality of their hockey. Our U14As have qualified for the Midlands Regional Finals after finishing second at the County Tournament last week. Joshua Toomes-Hall made some spectacular saves in goal and Charles Bruce and Oscar Rook both scored hat tricks. The bad weather decimated our hockey programme on Saturday, but thanks to our fantastic grounds staff clearing the snow on the Sunley pitch, we were able to play our 1st XI boys’ fixture against Oundle School. The large crowd was treated to a thrilling game with lots of goals in an end to end encounter.


Our senior teams continued their excellent season with our boys’ and girls’ teams producing some excellent performances against Repton School.

Cross Country

Our cross country teams competed in two races on Saturday. The day started with the Leicestershire and Rutland County Championships at Ratcliffe College followed by a league match at Rugby School. At the County Championships our inter boys’ team (Jolyon Leavesley, Thomas Green and Ben Larrett) finished as runners up and our inter girls’ team (Amelie Goetz, Carmen PérezPera and Jemima Myles), senior girls (Freya Radford, Fenella Blayney and Sophie Gray) and senior boys (Bertie Tweed, Nick Cardozo and Tom Holmes) were all crowned County Champions. Six of our runners were placed in the top eight in their respective races which puts them all in with a chance of being selected for the county in the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships, giving them the opportunity to race against the best cross country runners in the nation.

If one race wasn’t enough, we then met up with a few other athletes and went to Rugby School to run in the league race. Despite a number of our team already having a tough race in their legs, they put on an amazing display against some strong opposition. Bertie Tweed led the way, easing to a comfortable victory, brilliantly backed up by Nick Cardozo, Tom Holmes and Harrison Buckner who all finished in the top ten. Our girls continued their fine form led by Amelie Goetz, who put another impressive performance together to secure second place, supported by an incredibly strong team placing the remaining five girls (Anya Batty, Carmen PérezPera, Sophie Gray, Jemima Myles and Emilia Cumming) all in the top 15, which helped secure the team title. To round off a very successful day, our inter boys put in another brilliant performance led by Thomas Green and Ben Larrett who were supported by Archie Tweed, Hugo McGuinness and George Martin who all, despite being a year younger, stepped up and improved on their placings from two weeks ago and all placed in the top 14.


Unfortunately, the icy courts meant we could not play at home, but we managed to get five teams into three minibuses and a car to travel to Oundle School. Our 2nd VII spent the journey psyching themselves up by singing along to, ‘Mr Blue Sky’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, which were blaring out of the minibus speakers. Unfortunately, this did not help their performance as they raced to a 0-7 deficit in the first five minutes! Showing true Uppingham spirit they fought back to finish the game 21-18 down – I think they may be reviewing their playlist for future fixtures! Our 1st and 3rd VIIs also enjoyed a competitive game against Oundle, with the outcome of the game still in the balance going into the fourth quarter. In the U16As, the lead changed hands several times in the last quarter and we also had some fantastic netball played by the U16Bs.


An excellent team effort from our 1st and 2nd teams against Rugby School on Saturday with some high scoring on display.

All our results and fixtures can be found on our sports website and regular updates on my Twitter page