Despite restrictions in place, King’s pupils have been fortunate to still be able to take advantage of the brilliant sporting opportunities afforded to them. Our Sports Ambassadors have shared a few updates about Sport so far this term/;
For rowing, like all other sports, the new restrictions have massively impacted how we train and our racing season. However, despite this we have had a successful start to the year, training nearly as much as we usually would in all boat types. Throughout all squads, great improvements have been made; in particular, the lower years have shown great potential for rowing in the future. The coaches have made this first term really enjoyable, and we have been able to experience the great coaching and facilities as we normally would. Everyone has done an amazing job in abiding by the new rules and hopefully in the future this attitude will mean we can start racing.
We have had a great start to netball this year. Throughout all age groups, athletes have had extra training sessions on Saturdays on top of the usual ones after school. We have all had to learn to adapt to the new rules within the game, for the first few weeks learning how to play under the new restrictions and just enjoying being on court again. Luckily, all age groups were able to compete against Cheltenham College in their year group bubbles. We had some amazing results from these fixtures, and it suggests a promising future in matches to come. The girls and the coaches have done an amazing job under the new circumstances, and I think everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the netball sessions and matches we have experienced so far.
As a school, we have been fortunate to get back out onto the cricket fields as the summer came to a close. Towards the beginning of the term, all of the year groups participated in a set of inter-squad games which were a huge success with everyone playing correctly. A few weeks later, the various year groups took on RGS, which is always a big occasion for everyone involved, and the sunny weather ensured every year group had a fixture. The 1st team were lucky enough to have a few extra fixtures against teams such as Malvern College, KES Stratford and the MCC which enabled the boys to have some competitive games putting us in a good position for the future seasons.
We started this season off with a couple of days of preseason which felt very strange considering many of us hadn’t been able to pick up a hockey stick since the start of lockdown, but we found our bearings and it was as if we never left. We have been training hard getting our fitness and skill levels back up, ready to start our cup matches after half term hopefully. Before half term, we have had only one match instead of matches on Saturdays like we would be a frequent thing before COVID, we have been training alternate Saturdays, which has been really good for all the girls to have an extra day of training to catch up slightly on what we missed during lockdown. So far this season has been delightful for the hockey girls, and we can’t wait for matches to start up again soon and get back to working in our teams.
Hockey V King’s Gloucester (Saturday 17th October 2020)
Score 3-2 (W)
On Saturday 17th October the Hockey teams were delighted to play their first Saturday fixtures of the year.
60 Fourth form girls played in U12ABC and U13ABC fixtures at Home and it really was wonderful to see so many girls involved in Saturday sport. There was so much passion and determination on display from every girl and they relished the opportunity to put into practice all the skills they have been working on in training. Due to COVID restrictions, the girls did shuffles instead of short corners and this was an excellent opportunity to focus on this aspect of the game, in a competitive situation. It really was nice that all the girls from the team that were having their rest period, coached and supported their peers.
The U14 and U15 teams travelled to Gloucester, with the U14s playing their first-ever 11 aside hockey match. As usual, their spirits were high from the start until the end of the game. Both teams showed excellent attacking intent; carrying the ball to find a pass and using the space well to transfer the ball. The U14s particularly impressed with their teamwork and enthusiasm and pressing hard for every ball.
It was a superb way to start the season and all the girls put in performances they should be proud of.