Head of Sport Blog
It’s amazing how quickly the Summer Term goes. One minute we are indoors preparing for the new cricket season, and suddenly we are presenting prizes where I am frantically trying to chase up my heads of sport asking for end of term reports and major colours nominee!. This term started following the worst possible April on record for rain. Our head groundsman, Gary Higgins and I had numerous phone calls where he shared his frustrations at being a number of weeks behind on grounds work – at one point I thought I would need to create a new Summer Term sport ... bog snorkelling!? However Gary worked his magic, working endless hours with his team to get things ready. The sun came out and weirdly it stayed out pretty much all term. Not only did we have barely a game or practice cancelled across all of our Summer sports, but we also basked in beautiful sunshine and temperatures. I’m not going to be that Brit who claims it was too hot!
Sport is an amazing leveller. Our footballers are through to the World Cup semi-final without anyone giving them a proper chance; Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon at the quarter final stages; and Lewis Hamilton cried about his mistreatment at the recent British Gran Prix! Our Summer Term showed similar highs and lows with the lower end of the school in particular showing how much talent we have coming through. Grace White and Tresha Kumar got through to day two of the Loveband Trophy in the ISTA event hosted at Eton; our U15 boys' cricket team gained a place at the national T20 finals day to be played in September; and our junior female athletics team qualified for the nationals. Those who know me well know I am a firm believer in the success of our sport here – building on the tremendous highs but also the lowest of lows to help define all of our pupils as sports men and women but also their individual character. Our 1st team cricketers had another excellent season and were tested against some excellent teams. However, they nonetheless managed to lose in the National T20 regional semi-final to an underdog Clifton side who simply outperformed us on the day. This can happen in all walks of sporting life and like Federer leaving Wimbledon early, the 1st XI cricketers left the field with dignity and sportsmanship and they bounced back very quickly to win the Woodard Schools Festival Cup on the first year of entry. Our U15 cricketers lost their national title hopes losing to Marlborough in a game that simply didn’t go their way. They brushed themselves off, worked even harder and got themselves into the T20 finals instead! Now that is true learning and character building stuff.
When Jos came over to open our brilliant new SPCC (Sports Performance and Cricket Centre), part of his Q&A involved a message to our top performing pupils saying “never get too high when you have success and don’t get too low when you lose or disappoint. Keep yourselves as level and grounded as possible and you will see more success!” Judging by his recent form, he does exactly what it says on the tin!!
Other successes this term, although not tangible, were the increasing number of swimmers competing for the school, the number of female cricketers we continue to encourage into the game and the fantastic season our senior boys' tennis team enjoyed.
All in all it has been a marvelous term and year. There is plenty to reflect on following my first year in charge of sport and also a huge amount to look forward to. Rugby and hockey preparations have already started and before we know it I’ll be back out on the rugby field in my waterproofs and beanie. Before we get there I’d like to thank all our pupils and staff who contribute to our fantastic sport programme. Have a wonderful holiday and fingers crossed, football is coming home!!
Loveband Trophy – Girls' Tennis
Grace White and Tresha Kumar got through to final round of the Loveband Trophy at Eton. The girls played for three days to finish 7th out of 60 pairs.
In addition, well done to Tresha Kumar who took part at the Somerset County Cup. As part of the team, they qualified for the final against Avon after playing Wiltshire and Devon. Although they didn't progress further Tresha was pleased with her performance and is looking forward to her future competitions.
Somerset County Cricket 2nd XI Debut for Henry Smeed
Congratulations to Henry Smeed who got a debut for the senior Somerset 2nd XI this term. It was a great opportunity for him to put into practice all the hard work he has done over the winter months as part of the county development programme with Somerset County Cricket.
Sam Cobb Continues His Success
Following all his hard work Sam won both the team and individual tetrathlon event at the Royal Windsor Show. In addition he is the U17 National Triathle Champion and will go on to represent GB at the World Finals. He came 2nd in the National Pentathlon Championships and will be representing GB at the European Biathle and Triathle Championships in Germany over the Summer. Sam has been supported by Lydia Rosling, our GB Pentathlon coach and is part of the King's Multi-sports Academy which is aimed at developing athletes who take part in multi-disciplined sports.
King's 1st XI Win the Worksop Festival
Olympian, Emily Diamond Inspires the King's Girls
Our girls were thrilled to welcome professional athlete and Olympic medallist Emily Diamond to King’s College. During her visit, Emily talked to the pupils about her life as an elite athlete and the obstacles she has had to overcome. She spoke about how to deal with disappointments, effectively balance school and co-curricular demands, and most importantly, why it is key to believe in yourself.
Bristol Bears and King's Rugby
Over recent months, a large number of King's College rugby players have enjoyed representative success across the age groups. We are also looking forward to the new season in September as our partnership with Bristol Bears expands. This will involve coaches from the Bristol Bears Academy delivering within our school programme.
Open Water Swimming – Expanding Opportunities within our Games Programme
As part of Tuesday activities, King's pupils enjoyed an evening of open water swimming at lower lakes. The group learned about the safety behind the sport, how to draft and why sighting is vital.
Somerset County Athletics Championships
King’s College pupils enjoyed considerable success when they recently represented the Taunton Area at the Somerset County Championships. There are too many pupils to mention, but well done to everyone who took, part with many going on to represent the school at the South West Schools Championships.
Olympic Gold Medalist, Maddie Hinch OBE Returns to King's College
Maddie returned to the school to deliver a specialist GK camp, alongside our own staff, as part of MH1 Coaching. Many of our pupils took part and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Meade King Cup Success
Congratulations to our senior boys' relay team
who are now unbeaten for 12 races and have won the Meade King Cup Senior Boys’ Relay
Trophy for the first time since 2002. The swimming programme at King's College
continues to go from strength to strength following the appointment of Head of
Swimming Lyndsey Hollands, just two years ago. Lyndsey has created a bespoke
programme that caters to each pupils’ individual needs.
England Hockey Performance Centre Hockey
Congratulations to Rosie Taysom who has made it
into the England Hockey Performance Centre. There are currently 44 pupils from
King's in the England Hockey Player Pathway, and 12 in the Performance Centre,
which is evidence of how hard the pupils are working with their hockey.
Sailing for King's College
Caitlin Webster’s new King’s College spinnaker will be taking to the waves in forthcoming competitions. Good luck to her for the rest of the summer.
U15 Boys are the ESCA South West Regional Champions
The King's College U15 boys are the ESCs U15 South West Regional Champions and 2018 Cricket County Cup Champions. Well done to the whole squad who have worked very hard throughout the competition. Special mention to Charlie Sharland, George Thomas and Henry Smeed who have all scored impressively throughout the competition.
Sports Day 2018
The annual King's College Sports Day was a huge success. Many of our young athletes demonstrated their skills and abilities, with many school records broken. Well done to everyone who took part.