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An end-of-term celebration of varied sports and sporting achievements from across the nation
Felsted School, Essex, U15 Girls’ Cricket Team became National Champions at Lord’s Cricket Ground in the Lady Taverners Cricket Cup, winning all four highly competitive games. They went into the  nal as Regional Champions, beating 900 other schools to claim the title.
The girls beat South Dartmoor Community College, Shrewsbury School, Old Buckenham High School and St Aidan’s High School in the  nal game to be crowned National Champions.
Headmaster, Chris Townsend said; “Last year, we reached the  nals, and  nished in third place in the country. This year, we have done even better! It is great to see cricket for girls at Felsted going from strength to strength. Cricket became a main sport for girls only three years ago, (in addition to tennis in the summer term) and the take up has been tremendous. The girls are very lucky to be trained by Carla Rudd, a current Super League Player and Elizabeth McLaren, their team manager.”
Prior Park Prep School, Wiltshire, secured the Independent Association of Schools (IAPS) Small Prep School National Fencing Champions title.
The IAPS championship saw 568 fencers from schools across the UK competing in the three categories of epée, sabre and foil, at Mill eld School.
Although the Prior Park entered with some trepidation, due to the smaller team size (eight rather
than the recommended 10), it
took comfort in having two team members from the England Fencing Team. Without fail each of the Prior Park team members played their
A state-of-the-art indoor Golf Hub has been unveiled at Beaconhurst School near Stirling by one of Scotland’s top gol ng of cials.
The £25K purpose built centre, which features a putting green
and golf simulator, was opened by Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
The school’s professional golf coach Tim Mitchell and pupils from its Golf Development Squad were the driving force behind the initiative which has been in progress for the past three years.
The youngsters fundraised for the project as well as being involved in the design and layout of the facilities.
Mr Slumbers was delighted to cut
England coach Eddie Jones delivered a coaching session at Warwick School to a group of students
from the school whilst a number
of coaches from Warwick and surrounding schools were able to watch the national coach in action.
Players and staff alike were all impressed with his manner with the players and his openness with questions from staff. It was a high energy session that was delivered in a GAMES based approach where the skills were applied through players trying them in a game setting.
part, all contributing to the overall achievement and title.
Prior Park Prep’s fencing coach, Neil Bromley, was delighted with the whole team.
Last month (May) marked an historic moment in Oundle School, Northamptonshire, cricketing history, with the 1st X1 Girls’ cricketers not only playing but winning their very  rst match against The Perse School in Cambridge. The match was played at home, with the School’s J M Mills Cricket Pavilion as the back drop.
The Pavilion is named after Mike Mills who enjoyed an 80 year history with Oundle cricket and
the School as a pupil, teacher, Housemaster and Master of Cricket.
Master in Charge of Cricket, John Crawley commented, “The match against The Perse was an impressive and historic victory and we have also since then played our  rst
U15 girls’ match. Enthusiasm for the sport is growing rapidly in the School and this  ts with a rise in participation in women’s cricket in general in this country. A strong national team, an opportunity
to play cricket for a living and a strong national women’s competition all point towards further growth in the future.”
the ribbon to open the Hub and brought along The Claret Jug, Golf’s top trophy which is presented to
the winner of The Open, to inspire pupils.
Pictured: Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the Royal& Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, gets ready to open the new
Golf Centre. From left to right are Kerr Fletcher of the school’s Golf Development Squad, Golf Coach Tim Mitchell, Martin Slumbers & Thomas Preston of the Golf Development Squad.
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