22 Sep 2020
Autumn Term Sports News Week Two

We have had an exciting start of term with a range of summer and winter sports on offer. Our new Fourth Formers have really impressed us with their energy and enthusiasm, having played tennis, cricket, hockey, rugby and athletics in their sports lessons. Our three new graduate sports assistants (Miss Hynes, Mr Cooke and Miss Baker) have also made an impressive start, throwing themselves whole-heartedly into our sports programme. Our new Head of Athletic Development, Richard Lalor, has already coached every new Fourth Former and Mr and Mrs Welch bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our team. Our Mental Skills programme is another exciting addition to our programme, with pupils learning about how important their identity is to them and discovering their ‘Stone of Life’. Our newly launched Champions’ Programme aims to help our aspirational athletes develop into champion people, with champion behaviours and becoming champion versions of themselves. We had the opportunity to host some cricket 1st XI fixtures on The Upper against The Old Uppinghamians, Leicestershire U15s and the MCC. Captain Freddie Read shone against the OUs, scoring 86 not out and 18 not out against Leicestershire. Due to COVID, we have taken the decision not to play any other fixtures until after Half Term. Every pupil will still have the opportunity to play sport on Saturdays; this weekend we are looking forward to our Celebration of Sport with Houses competing in 16 different sports including fives, ultimate frisbee, basketball, rowing, handball and a fittest, fastest, strongest competition.

We are keen that every pupil at Uppingham has an enjoyable sporting experience, which challenges them to be the best they can be. It may be that they perform a forward roll in a Physical Education lesson for the first time in their lives, run or swim a new personal best, or are selected for a national team. I would like us to create an environment that is elite but not elitist – where every pupil feels they have opportunity to succeed. This means, for instance, that every pupil will play at least half a match if they are selected to play for Uppingham, regardless of who we are playing, what the score is, or how much time there is left in a fixture.

Sport develops valuable skills for life – from adaptability and resilience, to co-operation and mental agility. Most importantly, sport should be fun. Through sport, we strive to discover and develop the best in every individual. We want to be nationally recognised as a centre of innovation and excellence, not just as another school that does the same as everyone else. We are driven by values, not results; we know that if you get your culture right, the results will follow – it is an ethos exemplified by our dedicated coaching team. By integrating sport into everyday life at school, we want to help all pupils to become hard-working, altruistic, risk-takers; people who are eager to improve their performance – at any level.

For those of you who are new to Uppingham, please visit www.uppinghamsports.co.uk for information about fixtures, results, team sheets and sport news. We aim to post all our team sheets by Thursday evening for weekend fixtures.

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