Between Thursday 2nd and Sunday 5th September Amy H (L6, Br), Maisie L (FF, S) and Freya S (FF, Br) competed at the 2021 School Games.
The School Games is the first multi-sport event for the UK’s talented young athletes to take place after lockdown. The competition took place at venues across Loughborough University Campus, and was made up of 10 sports including BMX, triathlon and cycling. The aim of the competition is to spring-board young athletes to greater heights in their sporting careers. 75 of the athletes who represented Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics have previously competed in the School Games National Finals.
Amy H competed for Wales Hockey, who won both games in their group stages against England Blue and Scotland, with Amy keeping a clean sheet. The final was then played on Sunday, where they lost to Ulster 4-0. Amy also competed in the Long Jump where she made the final, jumping a distance of 5.48m and coming sixth overall. Amy was one of few who were dual competitors at the School Games. She enjoyed her experience as the competitors also stayed overnight on campus and she loved spending her free time with her team watching the other sports, including the para-sports. She found it a great opportunity to explore the university as she is interested in attending once she leaves King’s.
Maisie and Freya play for Severn Stars U15, and in this competition they played against other franchises from across the country. Over the course of the competition, they won four games and lost three, coming seventh in the overall standings. During the competition they beat local rivals Wasps, who eventually came 3rd in the competition, in a tight game: 22-19. Both Maisie and Freya played incredibly well.
KSW Nova Academy 2021/22 programme trials are taking place over the next few weeks. The Nova Academies are the next step up the pathway from County Academies and replace Regional Performance Academies.