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 Sport
PE head vice-captains England over 35’s to World Cup Gold
Ipswich High School, Suffolk, Head of PE, Mrs Elizabeth Wheelhouse, recently Vice-Captained the England over-35 masters hockey team to a Hockey Masters World Cup victory in Terrassa, near Barcelona in Spain.
£4m
investment
in sports
West Yorkshire’s Bradford Grammar School, which counts Olympic medallists and Team GB members among its prestigious alumni, is undergoing a £4m investment in its sports provision.
The redevelopment at BGS got underway in the summer, and will include major upgrades of its cricket, netball, tennis and hockey facilities.
The new sports facilities will create:
• Eight outdoor cricket lanes with various artificial surfaces to fine tune both bowling and batting technique
• One and a half new hockey astroturf pitches to facilitate the school’s growing hockey provision
• Two new outdoor netball/tennis
• A new large sports barn structure to comprise four netball/five tennis courts to provide year- round, all-weather use in the day and evening
• An upgrading of the changing facilities and internal reconfiguration of its existing sports hall
The school, which counts the Olympic triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee among its alumni, has also brought in several new sports names as part of the redevelopment. The new sporting staff has a wealth of experience, from ex professionals and internationals to national league and age group international athletes who have represented Team GB.
Simon Hinchliffe, headmaster
at BGS (pictured) said: “This is
an exciting time in the history
of our school. Sport is central
to the offering at BGS and our new redevelopment will provide the perfect environment for our enhanced sports curriculum which caters for all our young people”.
 Olympic silver
medallist
opens gym
Sheffield High School for Girls, Yorkshire, welcomed Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page to officially open its new £2.5m Trinity building.
Bryony, who started trampolining when she was nine years old
and won a silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, watched a tumbling, gymnastics and trampolining display by 30 pupils at the event, including members of the team that won the National Gymnastics and Trampolining Finals 2018.
Before unveiling the plaque, Bryony told the 50-strong audience, which included VIP guests from Sheffield as well as former pupils, teachers, parents and friends of the school, how sport had transformed her life and encouraged everyone to give
it a try.
She said: “I learned so much from a young age having an active
and healthy lifestyle . I learned about determination, resilience
and teamwork as well as being
a gracious winner and loser. Trampolining has taught me so much about dealing with failures and disappointments as well as understanding the value of never giving up. You learn so much about yourself without being defined by your achievements or failures. It really is about being happy with who you are and knowing you’ve tried your best.”
Headteacher Valerie Dunsford said: “Sheffield High School was the first school for girls in the country to have a purpose built gymnasium. 140 years on, our strengths are still in academic excellence and sport
– and particularly gymnastics and
trampolining – national champions no less!
“The Trinity Congregational Church is one of the buildings which seems to evoke the most memories from our former pupils – splinters from the floorboards, birds flying around during gym lessons, infestations of insects and never quite knowing what might drop on you when
you are doing exams in here!
The current girls asked for better facilities for gym and trampolining, more space for dance and drama, cooking and socialising and here we are, a magnificent building, beautifully restored and a place where the girls want to be.
The tournament took place at Club Egara from 27th July to
5th August and included several age-bracket tournaments for men and women. This was the first year that the Exin Masters World Cup ran a tournament for the over-35 women’s bracket, meaning an unpredictable tournament for all teams taking part.
The England team went undefeated in the tournament, including victories against the United States, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Australia, New Zealand and a nail-biting 1 – 0 victory against Australia in the final. Along with her gold medal, Mrs Wheelhouse also added a World Cup goal to her career accolades.
Upon her selection for the England team and whether she hoped it would inspire more children to
take up hockey, Mrs Wheelhouse said: “I hope that as I continue to play I will inspire somebody, I want to inspire the next generation and the one after that. To be honest, as a teacher, if I’ve inspired just one person to pick up a hockey stick and play for the love of
sport, that’s great. If I inspire more people than that? Even better.
The love that I’ve found for the sport, the teamwork to achieve an aim, the processes you go through to achieve that aim, the successes and the failures you experience are all a part of the life skills you gain from playing a team sport. If I am able to pass that on to someone else just once; that would be wonderful.”
Mrs Wheelhouse currently plays club hockey for Ipswich Seven Hockey Club.
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