Foundation News

11 September

Sport returns to King’s

The first Saturday of the 2020-21 academic year was a great success as sport returns to King’s, with 300-350 pupils at the Senior School taking part across our facilities with strict COVID guidelines in place.

We have a number of fixtures (OVs v 1st XI and KES Birmingham) in place and we are running sessions in games for junior teams, with a senior after school practice in the nets on a Thursday.

We are hoping that we can start having hockey fixtures in October.

Mr Chalmers, Head of Rowing, was really happy with how well attended the rowing was with the new changes in place. Pupils were out on the water until 4pm!

As this is the sport with the most restrictions in place, it may be a while until we are able to have fixtures with other schools. Sessions for all year groups are running well with good numbers in attendance.

We have moved two phases in the last couple of weeks and can now do some tackling and contact work which is a positive step forward. We may look at some inter school touch fixtures. This is likely to be allowed from October.

Senior games took place this week for the first time and, although not at full capacity, we are still offering a good range of activities on and off site to pupils.

King’s Hawford

Sport returns to King’s Hawford, who are running cricket sessions for girls and boys as well as multi-sport sessions after school. In the latter, the girls are having a Netball focus and the boys, Rugby. King’s Hawford are looking at the possibility of playing Football with the boys and then Rugby after Christmas. The girls will play Hockey first as with the senior school before Netball due to the greater restrictions.

King’s St Alban’s

The boys are doing Cricket in games and Football and Rugby after school. The girls are doing Hockey in games and both Hockey and Netball after school.

Director of Sport, Mr Mason, commented, “I’ve been really pleased so far across all fronts. Although we are missing fixtures I feel that we are offering a fantastic programme that is still challenging pupils mentally and physically and, most importantly, giving them the opportunity to be active with their friends.”