Let's make the best of the wintry weather - Mr Baird's Sports Blog
It may seem a while since my last BGS sports blog but that's not to say there hasn't been a lot going on within our sporting world! Alongside our regular Games lessons, intra-school sports clubs and our pupils’ sporting commitments outside of school, there have been some exciting and noteworthy events to report on.
The first Tuesday of half term saw our Prep Football club begin which was welcomed with much enthusiasm and fervour from certain pupils in a number of different year groups. The club will run during Tuesday morning break times and will allow children to hone and refine their skills in between their academic lessons. The more the merrier so if anybody would like to come along and give the club a go, they would be more than welcome.
The first fixture of the half term was a swimming gala at Pocklington Prep School and saw us compete against our hosts as well as Terrington Hall School. An enjoyable and competitive gala saw us finish second overall with some very promising swims from children from Years 4, 5 and 6. Notably, a couple of our pupils stepped up an age group above their years and others stepped in at short notice to help the team compete which is hugely pleasing to see as we look to promote teamwork and sportsmanship as a major sporting ethos.
In what has been a busy sporting week, Tuesday afternoon saw the Year 6 Ski trip cohort spend an hour on the indoor slope at Snozone, Xscape in Castleford. I think the trip certainly whet many appetites for the trip itself to Madonna di Campiglio in just over three weeks’ time. With a range of ski experience and ski ability existing in the group, the children should be immensely proud of their efforts to encourage and help each other, as well as develop their own proficiency levels during the session. There was certainly a marked improvement in some of our less experienced skiers as the hour progressed. Not too long to go until the trip now and the anticipation will continue to build, I am sure of that!
On Wednesday, the Under 11 Rugby and Hockey teams went to Giggleswick for their Christmas festivals. Mrs Furniss reported that her teams had most certainly demonstrated the high levels of teamwork and sportsmanship that we crave. This idea of being a team and displaying a togetherness laid a foundation for some promising performances and patterns of play from a united group all seeking to improve together as a team.
It was a similar story for the Rugby team that afternoon, where a combined BGS and Giggleswick group were required to work hard and look to gel together to reach a common goal. This resulted in progress being made in supporting the ball carrier, working together as a defensive unit and in communicating effectively in game play situations. Festivals such as these allow children to spend time off the pitch too and can therefore observe and reflect on effective practice used by team mates, opponents and even teams involved in matches taking place on adjacent pitches.
In addition to this Thursday morning brought even more excitement to the fore when Mr Gray kindly invited parents to come and watch our pupils in action during Gymnastics club. Mr Gray has been so impressed with the progress and dedication of his club members that it seemed like a wonderful opportunity for parents to witness and I know that the children were delighted that some parents were able to be spectators for the session. I hope the parents felt the same way too!
I hope that everyone has a lovely weekend and please do feel free to share any sporting endeavours with me so that I spread the news on behalf of our children! firstname.lastname@example.org