The return of school has allowed sport to return in full swing. So far, we have had some very exciting pre-season, training and matches in the first weeks back. We are extremely happy our sports programme has been able to resume and our pupils are back to their clubs and matches.
As restrictions have begun to ease, Athletics has been able to start this term. It was great to see the athletics season kick start on Saturday afternoon where over 50 pupils took part in pre-season Athletics. Both girls and boys from L4-U6 had the opportunity to take part in a variety of track and field events. We have also had a great turn out from our Lower Years athletes with over 70 athletes taking part in our after-school club on Monday night. Athletics club is not only a great opportunity for pupils to work on their Track and Field events, but also to develop their athleticism for other sports. Each session includes a variety of strength and conditioning work, as well as specific event training. It is great to see pupils back at the track learning and practicing events ready for the upcoming competitions, which we look forward to starting next Saturday 8th May, with the boys going to King Edward’s School and the girls to Bromsgrove School.
It has been excellent to have a full Cricket programme back up and running after all the uncertainty over the last year. Due to the lack of cricket possible during the winter, we offered a full week of pre-season training during the Easter holidays. The main aim was to prepare pupils for the upcoming fixtures but it was brilliant to see so many people back outside and enjoying their sport.
The first week back at school was a busy one with thirteen fixtures played against King Edward School Stratford, Worcester Nomads, Hereford Catherdral School and The Elms. There were some outstanding team and individual performances, with no fewer than four half-centuries being scored. A highlight was a victory and a solid performance from the U17s in the national cup.
It has also been great to see the continued rise of girls’ cricket at King’s and the chance to build on the foundations that have been put in place over the last three years. This summer there is a full programme of training and both hardball and softball matches each week. There was also a moment of history on Saturday for the school, with the U15s playing in and being victorious, in the school’s first-ever girls’ hardball match against Hereford Cathedral School. We wish the U15s (who play again this week against Malvern St. James), good luck in their first in the National T20 cup match. There was also softball matches for all the other junior age groups where our U12 girls played Hereford Cathedral school in their very first match of the season. It was very impressive how well they came together and worked so well as a team after only such a short time.
“There seems to be a real buzz around school cricket at the moment, with more of our pupils wanting to participate than ever before. We look forward to seeing all of them continue to develop and enjoy their cricket throughout the Summer term”. Simon Greenall, Director of Cricket.
As restrictions are slowly lifting, netball is at the forefront of sports trying to catch up on the time that they have missed. With Superleague games televised every week, last weekend the pathway age groups stepped out on the court for the first time, in a friendly at the University of Worcester. Severn Stars U19 faced Wasps U19 – a friendly derby game that always delivers. With Jaz F, Sophia W and Georgie T stepping out for Stars and Mia M and Emily S-P representing Wasps it was set to be a competitive encounter.
Nothing could separate the teams at half time at 17-17 and although Stars went into the final quarter 3 goals down, they managed to pull it back and the game ended 37-37. This was a great first outing and the players will be looking forward to their first competitive match due to take place 8th May.
Now that netball is getting back to normal, mixed netball is quickly becoming a game that everyone wants to have a go at. Therefore, Miss McKenzie is starting up a mixed netball club for the sixth form at lunchtimes on a Tuesday.
The KSW Nova is also back up and running with training/strength and conditioning once a week and matches every Sunday.
“This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to play netball. I have often found that when the opposite gender play the game of netball, although their knowledge of the rules is not so in-depth, their skills, decision making and quick feet soon lend themselves to playing the game at a very fast pace; making them tough competition” Emma McKenzie, Director of Netball.
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