Summer Term 2019
A Word from our Director of Sport
It has been another hugely encouraging year for our sports department. From my point of view the most important developments are the continued cross-campus work we are doing with King's Hall. Multi use of facilities and coaching is giving us a far better, more efficient model of sport provision for our pupils and I must thank my counter-part Ali Halls (DOS at King's Hall) for his continued work with this. We have some exciting times ahead with some exceptional talent coming into both King's College and King's Hall and I am delighted that our sport continues to be a top selling point for prospective parents.
I must thank my Heads of Sport at this point. They are the cogs that keep the wheels turning and they are crucial to the positive changes we are trying to make. We have had a slight restructure within the department that I am excited about and the hard work of our S&C team (led by Rhys Llewellyn) continues to give us plenty of scope to improve things further moving forward. We have had nutrition advice from Matt Dawson (England rugby world cup winner 2003), psychology and confidence talks from Damian Hughes et al, our own internal sports seminars and some fantastic internal CPD for our own staff. A credit must go to Clare Hayes for putting together a brilliant programme of sports talks and also to all of our coaches for embracing an attitude I am constantly trying to encourage in that we never stop learning as coaches. We have had some great discussions and there are some brilliant sports theories out there so thanks to everyone for their input. I am also delighted that on top of the historical and somewhat elitist end of year sports prizes we give, we have a new prize on offer which models itself on what I consider an even more important aspect of our sport.
The 'Thomas Tsai' Award, awarded to Thomas Tsai (funnily enough) goes to any pupil who makes an outstanding contribution to sport based on leadership, team work, voluntary work or similar. Thomas completed over 200 hours of voluntary coaching work during his sixth form years and could be seen constantly encouraging and cajoling on the sidelines of whichever sport he participated in, especially swimming. It must be noted that another pupil (Edward Hunt) would have been right up there for this prize as well and I am delighted that our senior management have agreed to both this prize and the gravitas and importance this has here at King's.
Our pupils have simply been amazing. 92% of you turn out and compete for the school and it is my continual mission to ensure our sports programme provides the opportunities, choice and atmosphere to allow even more of our pupils the platform to play competitive sport. Results are irrelevant in this context whereas team work, enjoyment, socialising and intrinsic reward are paramount. It is a joy to watch the variety of sports that go on here and what a wonderful year it has been again.
From a personal side of things I am sad to be leaving my role as Tuckwell Housemaster but a door closing means new ones will open. I love my role as Director of Sport and I am looking forward to giving this even more time and energy. I have some amazing staff and pupils to work with and I am very excited about the future.
Eton College Tennis Festival
Dom Frampton, Tresha Kumar, Abbie Stride and Robert Maisch played some fantastic tennis this week at Eton College Tennis Festival! The girls got through to day three in the U15 Ashbury and Bailey Shield and the boys got through to the plate semi-final! Fantastic effort all round!!
Pupils Gain Scuba Diving Certificates
Working with Scuba Blue, a local diving organisation, to deliver the PADI Open Water Course, nine King's College pupils completed their final open water dive to complete the qualification.
U14 Cricket County Champions
Our U14 cricket team won the 40 Over County Cup. The team now progress to the English Schools Cricket Association National Cup next year.
A Summer of Success for Sam Cobb
Multi-sports athlete Sam Cobb is having another solid season: winning the British Triathle Championship and British Laser-Run qualifying for the European and World Championships. He also finished the year ranked number 1 and will now compete in the U17 GB Pentathlon team travelling to the World Championships in Bulgaria.
Girls' Cricket Team Win Broderick Plate Competition
The Broderick Cup is a girls’ cricket tournament held by Queen’s College in Taunton. Playing for three competitions, the Cup, the Plate and the Shield, our girls lost only one game all day and came away as the winners of the Plate Competition.
We had eight athletes who represented Somerset at the South West Schools Athletics Championships. This was down to their excellent performances at the County Championships with Ben Crosby, Sam Cobb, Charlie Glashier and Harry Blakey all coming away with gold medals. The rest of the athletes came home with with either a silver or bronze medal.
Three riders from King’s have been selected to be part of the South West Regional Youth Championships at Frickley in July. Ellie Clist, Lara Chapple and Matti Mercer will form three members of the ten-person team – a fantastic achievement to have three riders from one school representing their region.
Water Polo Programme Continues to Develop
Our water polo team have been in action during the term with fixtures and friendly tournaments. It has been a fantastic addition to our aquatics programme within the school.
U15 T20 Cricket Success
Well done to our U15 cricket team who are theT20 County Champions and who played in the Regional Final, narrowly missing out on a place in the National Final by one run.
Fred Fisher to Represent Great Britain at U17 Triathle
Congratulations to Fourth Former Fred Fisher. He has qualified for the U17 GB Triathle in Florida next year. He has been part of our multi-sport programme within the school games programme this year which continues to expand and develop.
King's Pupils Represent Somerset Cricket at Senior Level
So far over the season there have been four King's pupils who have played for the Somerset 2nd team at a senior level. Sonny Baker, Tom Hall and then two players who are only 15 years old – James Rew and Charlie Sharland. Well done to all of them for their hard work throughout the programme.
King's Pupils meet the GB Men's Hockey Team
A group of pupils travelled to London to watch GB v Germany Mens' teams. In addition they got to meet the team beforehand and accompanied them onto the pitch. This was such a fantastic opportunity followed by a quality game of hockey.
U19 International Selection for King's Cricketers
Our cricketers have been working hard to gain selection for the U19 international teams during this term with four of them being successful. Luke Oldknow will be representing Zimbabwe, Will Smale had been selected for Ireland, Max Clements for Japan and Will Smeed for England.
The Meade King Cup
Our swim team took part in the historic Meade Cup. The competition has been running since 1925 and is between King's College, Taunton, Queens College, Taunton School and Wellington School.
Maddie Hinch Made a Return
Maddie returned for the weekend to run her Hockey GK Camps. Two of our pupils, Julia Walters and Matt Osborne attended, and had such a fantastic day with her.