Despite the large amounts of rain we have experienced, the Summer term has been as busy as ever. The students thoroughly enjoy the usual plethora of sports offered and have persevered admirably through the variable weather conditions.
The cricketers have made great use of the variety of facilities that we use across Cambridge. Both the boys and girls have produced some impressive results and the members of staff involved in cricket are pleased with the progress.
Similarly the tennis players are starting to experience some success in their fixtures. Recent victories against the Perse for the U13 & U15 Aegon teams were particular highlights. It has also been good to see a boys’ team entered into the Aegon tournament for the first time in the history of the school. They lost their first match, but a special mention must go to Freddie P for stepping in at the last minute and winning his singles rubber.
The athletics programme is also in full swing and we currently have a number of talented athletes. At the beginning of the season we had the Cambridgeshire County Track & Field Championships, a high class competition against club athletes and we had the following medalists: 1st - Fran T U20 1500 metres , 2nd - Delia P U15 high jump, 2nd - Juliette G U13 high jump, 3rd - Emily B U15 100 metres, 3rd - Andrea S U13 high jump.
Following on from this we entered the East Area Prep Schools Championships at Bedford Stadium. An exceptionally good standard event, where we achieved 4 personal bests in very adverse weather conditions and Frederic K produced a confident and composed performance in the U13 boys javelin to achieve 1st place giving him a very well deserved victory. It also earned him selection to compete at the National Prep Schools Championships in Birmingham.
On the track Emily B was selected to compete for the Cambridge District in the U15 girls 100 metres in the County Schools Athletics Championships at Peterborough, she ran an extremely quick and controlled race to come home in 3rd place. She also ran a cracking relay leg in the 4x100 metre relay to help secure the Cambridge team a victory.
The women’s football World Cup is currently entertaining the nation and inspiring many girls to get involved. Girls’ football is now well and truly embedded at the Foundation and the under 13 girls have competed in two ISFA competitions in recent weeks. The 7-a-side tournament was attended by a squad consisting solely of under 12 students, which meant the positive results were even more impressive. Unfortunately the team narrowly missed out on qualification for the semi-finals, but the experience will be invaluable for next year.
Another squad consisting solely of under 12’s competed in the ISFA Futsal Competition at Brunel University this week. It was a similar story of outstanding performances, without necessarily getting the rewards they deserved. Again, the girls narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-finals, but are looking forward to the opportunity to progress further in the competition in 2020. These were the last tournaments of the year, and the girls progress has been remarkable.
Despite hockey taking a back seat during the Summer term, we have received some very exciting news for two of our senior school hockey players. Alex N (Year 8) and Hannah S (Year 11) were recognised for their strong county level performances over the year with an invitation to an England Hockey Regional Performance Centre Assessment. Alex and Hannah attended training days with the current Performance Centre groups in June, gaining a great deal from the experience. They are still waiting to hear if they will be invited into the Regional Performance Centre Programme for the 2019/20 season ahead. Extremely well done to them for reaching this level and we look forward to seeing them back in action next year.
Finally, we wish the U13 and U15 netball squads all the best as they travel to Loughborough on Sunday to take part in the World Schools Netball Cup. It is a real privilege to be invited and the girls who are now further up the school deserve a good chunk of the credit for enhancing the reputation of netball at the school over the past few years.
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