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   Ballard School, Hampshire, girls’ football team won the National ISA Girls Football Festival under 13 cup and had their trophy presented by international women’s football players.
Welcoming over 400 girls from schools across the UK, the festival took place in Ascot, Berkshire. The
girls from Ballard School battled
it out in a round-robin and then
in a knockout competition. After coming away as champions, their trophy was presented by famous international women’s football players including England’s Josanne Potter and Jade Moore plus Arsenal WFC’s Heather O’Reilly.
Pictured: Headmaster James Murphy O’Connor with winners
School tackles sports sponsorship
Biathlon 2017
Prior Park Schools held a Biathlon at the University of Bath. Held in conjunction with Pentathlon GB, the event attracted nearly 450 young athletes from 44 different schools, making this one of the largest biathlon events in the country.
The British Modern Biathlon series of competitions are a great starting point for athletes wishing to get
involved in an exciting multi- discipline sport. It consists of a separate swim and run for children from under 10 through to under 17, with the distances depending on the competitor’s age.
British modern pentathletes, Jamie Cooke, Joe Choong and Jo Muir on hand to present the children with their medals throughout the day.
 Girls team win Festival Cup
 Somersaulting to success
A North London school has teamed up with two major sports clubs in a signi cant sponsorship deal.
Mount House School has agreed to sponsor Saracens Women as part
of a multi-year agreement and has negotiated a sponsorship agreement with Southgate Hockey Club, based at nearby Trent Park.
The school has also agree to support Saracens’ Academy scrum half Al Gliksten for the coming year.
Old Harrovian Al, 19, is the elder brother of Mount House fourth former Nell Gliksten. He is now reading English with Film at King’s College, London.
Headmaster Matthew Burke
said: “Building partnerships with organisations such as Saracens and Southgate Hockey enables our pupils to access the best facilities and coaching in the area as well as cementing our place within the local community. These are exciting times for us all!”
Mount House executive principal Toby Mullins used to coach
junior international hockey so is delighted with the new association – particularly as his old friend, ex- England player John Shaw, is one of Southgate’s key coaches.
The school already uses Saracens’ Allianz stadium for athletics and will be steadily increasing its use of the Southgate pitches for both coaching and  xtures against other schools
as hockey at Mount House gains momentum.
Under the new agreement, members of the Saracens Women team will visit the school to coach pupils
in touch rugby, while Southgate coaches will tutor Mount House’s aspiring hockey players. The school hopes to build a new sports hall, which will be used for indoor hockey as part of the association with Southgate.
The school plans to introduce non- gender speci c sports from next year,  elding mixed-sex teams for school and friendly matches and non-competition games.
Southgate’s Laura Eddie with head Matthew Burke
A student from Lewes Old Grammar School (LOGS), Sussex, has somersaulted to success at the 2017 Trampoline Tumbling & DMT British Championships.
Year 9 pupil Daniel Bradford attended the Echo Arena, Liverpool to compete in the top seven athletes at the  nals of the national championships.
After completing his qualifying
trampoline routines in the U14 Men’s category, Daniel advanced to the  nals and scored several personal bests before being placed 6th overall.
During the tournament, contestants also had the opportunity to
meet TeamGB athletes who
had competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, including silver medallist Bryony Page (picture)d.
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