13 Oct 2020
Sports News Autumn Term Week Five

As an enjoyable Half Term comes to an end, it is a good opportunity to reflect on the many successes we have enjoyed over the last few weeks. Our pupils have been fantastic, they have continued to play with great energy and enthusiasm and have enjoyed the various challenges we have set them. Saturdays have continued to be competitive; it was great to experiment with some traditional summer sports in the first two weeks of term and then transition to a winter programme; watching our 1st XI cricketers play three matches on The Upper in September was a particular highlight. We have started our Mental Skills project with input from Waikato Chiefs’ coach, Aaron Walsh. All our Fourth Formers have been given an athletic development foundation in their physical education lessons. We have launched a Champions’ Programme for our aspirational athletes. Our Strategic Plan for Sport has been unveiled to staff. Pupils and staff look fantastic in our new Under Armour kit and our Grounds Team has been busy making our pitches look wonderful; they have already started preparing next year’s cricket wickets.

Despite the rain, we had a fantastic day of sport on Saturday. Our girls’ hockey World Cup continued on The Middle; I was even treated to a haka by the New Zealand team. Our Ready4Rugby tournaments finished off with a hog roast on The Leicester and our girls were able to test out the new lacrosse pitch on The Middle. In the Sports Hall, we had dance, squash, swimming, fives, climbing, cross-fit and badminton. Off campus, our cross-country runners backed up their 5km time trial on Thursday with a muddy run around the local countryside and our sailors visited Rutland Water. The feedback from our pupils has been wholly positive – they have enjoyed competing with their friends, playing with different year groups, and testing new skills without the pressure of school fixtures.

Our golf team has had a busy week, with the HMC singles at The Berkshire on Tuesday, a one-point victory over Repton in the IGSA cup (Lulu Leetham, Archie Alton and Thomas Jackson) and a draw against the OUs on Sunday afternoon.

It is exciting to think that we may be able to play some inter-school fixtures when we return after half term. We expect pupils to wear our new Under Armour kit when representing the School or travelling to fixtures; it is important that we look the part when playing for Uppingham. A smart kit makes a team feel more professional, increases confidence, creates a feeling of team solidarity, and makes the other team feel as though they have a game on their hands!

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