Lent 2018

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Director of Sport Blog

It has certainly been a frenetic term and a real eye opener for me in terms of how much our pupils can cram into their sports time here. The fact that this term we have girls' netball and football as our main team games, and boys' hockey, football with a bit of sevens on the side definitely means there are some tired legs out there. I am thankful to my sports staff (sports mentors) who behind the scenes are making sure that our pupils don't overdo it and that ultimately they are always drawn back to their academic work time – we are a school and not a sports academy after all!

Once a year, Directors of Sport gather (somewhere in a nice hotel on the outskirts of Oxford!) from all over the country to talk through current issues in sport and to collectively develop ideas that ultimately benefit our pupils in our schools and across the UK. There is also a lot of chat about who played when and where, which quickly diminishes when big Danny Grewcock walks in! I am always trying to learn as a coach and as someone responsible for the health and well being of our pupils, and I have to say I found the data and research undertaken by Dr Richard Bailey (PhD in Sports Science), which was delivered at this conference, fascinating. It helped me to reflect on what we do well and I considered myself really lucky to know that a massive majority of our pupils love our sports programme. However, there is always room for improvement and that is what I am striving for.

It has been a tough term for some, especially football where I cannot remember a term so badly effected by the weather. My usual Tuesday morning catch ups with our Director of Football Chris Heayns, have not been easy when each week we have looked at the pitches and the forecast and shaken our heads at each other. He has taken it incredibly well considering his passion for the game! Anyone who would like to donate a £750,000 3G pitch please feel free to call me!!

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Hockey and netball were thankfully less affected by the weather and this was especially the case with our netball girls making full use of the brand new netball dome. It was a pleasure to watch some netball with the pitter patter of rain above us! It was a strong season for the boys' hockey, who furthered themselves in pretty much every competition going, causing havoc with dates and travel times. But it was all totally worth it, especially the U15 boys, who I had the pleasure of accompanying to Whigift School in the national quarter final last week. As usual they did us proud. This was swiftly followed by a quick trip to Twickers with some of my colleagues to watch England win a grand slam ... oh wait!! I'd love to say it was quiet journey on the way back but with Mr Craggs (singing endless sports anthems), Mr Florey and Mr Stone nattering away, it was quite the opposite!

Sam Cobb, Lara Chapple, Anastasia Woodard and the rest of the cross-country team have probably covered the same distance running this term as I did on that return journey to London! Mr Lewellyn continues to churn out some brilliant young runners and there have been some top results coming in again. I have really enjoyed watching some of the girls' netball this term especially the speed and skill at which they play. I must thank Mrs Pardoe, who is one of the few teachers left who runs a sport as well as her teaching and she does a brilliant job well done Mrs P!! My last thank you is to Mr Mason who has helped run our squash team for a few years now. He has finished his last term in charge of squash before he moves on to Radley College and I cannot thank him enough for his commitment and organisation (and also for getting me back on court after a year off!!).

I will leave it at that and hope you enjoy reading through some of the highlights from this term. Happy holidays and happy skiing for those of you lucky enough to be going!

King's Aquatics at the Bath and Otter Cup

The swimming team went up to London to compete in the Olympic Pool in the Bath and Otter Cup. It was an enjoyable day and everyone performed well. The girls had a very young team so this was a great experience for them for the future and the boys just missed out on the finals.


In the West of England Rugby 7s Tournament, King's played some excellent rugby and won the group comfortable, unfortunately they got knocked out in the semi finals. The team are hugely encouraged by the progress made throughout the day and this provides an excellent platform in the lead-up to Rosslyn.

Football Report

Football Report

The U16 boys and U15 girls reached the quarter final stages of their respective English Schools FA competitions in King’s first year of entry and the U14 girls are through to the County Schools Cup Final.

Lannece Hole, Grace Perkins, Beth Barzotelli and Elena Pearce all won international caps with their ISFA England squads.

Equestrian News

The King's Equestrian Team have qualified for the National Equestrian Schools Association Dressage competition. Well done to Ellie Clist, Lara Chapple and Sophie Flatt (from King's Hall) who will represent Somerset in the next round.

U15 Boys' Hockey ISHC Report

King's had a successful cup run getting to the quarter finals, winning their previous games to Bristol Grammar School and King's Bruton School. It then was a tough draw away to Whitgift, which offered the team with new challenges. As the pitch was unplayable due to snow, it was decided to play an indoor match which resulted in a 7-0 to Whitgift, who went on to win the U15 National Cup competition three days later. The King's team got better throughout the match and showed what true gamesmanship is all about. The video shows how adaptable the team were with limited space for a warm-up. #glovemegs

Netball Team Come Third in County Cup

Well done to the 1st team who competed recently County Cup. This was well lead by Niamh Lyall, with the team coming third.

Sam Cobb Wins National Pony Club Triathlon Final

King's College Water Polo Team

Well done to the water polo team who played Sherborne School in their first match resulting in a win. We now have water polo available within our school programme and pupils can access training with Taunton Deane Water Polo Club on site at school.

U14 Boys at the National Schools Regional Hockey Finals

U14 Boys at the National Schools Regional Hockey Finals

The U14 team competed at the regional finals after qualifying through to the county and regional prelim competitions earlier in the term. They were drawn in a tough pool but worked hard throughout the tournament, playing some of their best hockey this season. Although they didn't progress to the next stage it was a great experience.

Mr Lewsey Sets Up a Girls' Rugby Team

Our new Director of Rugby has set up a girls' rugby team at school. They have been training in preparation for their first match, which was unfortunately postponed due to the ground conditions. This is something that is becoming more popular so we are seeking out more competitive opportunities for the team. Next year we hope to enter a team at Rosslyn Park.

U16 boys made it to National Schools Regional Finals. This competition gave the whole team lots of learning opportunities and exposed them to a very high level of play, which will set them up well for their hockey in the future.

English Schools Championships Cross Country

English Schools Championships Cross Country

Lara Chapple and Sam Cobb competed in the English Schools Championships Cross Country They experienced a very demanding and hilly course with no flat sections but a great deal of deep, cloying mud, rather akin to the Western Front, the mud claiming one of Lara’s shoes that took a great deal of finding. The hail, snow showers and biting wind were great fun.

Sports Performance and Cricket Centre

Officially opened by Jos Buttler OA.

Watch footage from the opening – see Jos in action!

Our former pupil very kindly took time out of his busy schedule to open this fantastic new sports facility.

Somerset Schools' Golf Day

Somerset Schools' Golf Day

Very little golf was played this term due to the weather but none the less James Rew, Will Smale and Will Chesterman braved the conditions to compete in the Somerset Schools Cup recently.

Will Chesterman did particularly well coming 6th out of the top 52 players in the county at the age of 15. This was against a number of 18 year olds, so full credit to him. Thomas Rew (King's Hall) came 2nd overall in the net with some fabulous golf!

Will Chesterman shows his class in a green side bunker! Text book!

Third Form Girls Volunteer at Port Regis Football Festival

Third Form Girls Volunteer at Port Regis Football Festival

It is great that we give opportunities to our pupils to volunteer at events. Our Third Form girls went along to help coach the King's Hall U13 girls, as well as to help at the event.

King's Pupils Play for Somerset Rugby

Henry Smeed, Ethan Jordaan and Billy Turner represented Somerset Rugby U15s in a fixture against Devon. This was a great opportunity for our pupils to have access to these opportunities through Somerset Rugby and our link with Bristol Rugby Club.