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By schoolsportmag2, Sep 21 2021 03:12PM

It’s welcome back to rugby union in schools – as sides start battling it out in the inaugural School Sport Magazine National Schools U14 Cup.

Early season clashes have seen Sussex’s Hurstpierpoint College defeat RGS Guildford 30-5 and Cheshire’s Cheadle Hulme School overcome Sandbach School 55-10.

A competitive fixture saw Cheadle Hulme emerge with a more hard-fought win than the scoreline might suggest.

They worked tirelessly in defence, led by Henry Sawer, while Freddie Vaughan-Hawkins and Zak Jagielka took the headlines creating and scoring the tries.

Elsewhere, in the capital, London Oratory School started their season in style with a 50-0 victory over Rutlish School.

By schoolsportmag2, Sep 16 2021 05:19PM

Competitive netball is back with a bang with a series of early season clashes in the first round of the returning School Sport Magazine National Schools U12, U13 and U15 Cups.

In the U13 competition, Bromsgrove School started well with a 28-9 victory over RGS Worcester, Surrey's Howard of Effingham School defeated Lingfield College 46-7, Hampshire’s Churcher’s College beat Southampton’s King Edward VI School 47-25, Putney High School proved too strong for Eltham College winning 60-3 and Middlesex’s Lady Eleanor Holles School pipped Notting Hill & Ealing High School 22-20.

In the U15 cup, RGS Worcester overcame Malvern College 27-20, Worcester’s Kings High School beat Welland Park Academy 57-7, Sevenoaks School defeated Kent College Canterbury 47-10 and Somerset’s Wellington School edged Cornwall’s Truro School 35-31 in the south west.

By schoolsportmag2, Sep 15 2021 11:36AM

Sherborne Girls School is hosting a conference on September 22, addressing issues that are of particular relevance to female athletes and their coaches.

In collaboration with the online female sports community The Well, the event is part of a growing movement to improve the experience of girls and young women in sport.

The conference will host more than 200 girls aged 13-19 who may be aspiring to, or already be involved in performance pathways, as well as PE teachers, coaches and sport directors who have a shared interest in addressing issues relating to female performance, participation and enjoyment of sport.

Topics will include:

• Puberty: what happens to a girl’s body and mind

• Breast health and pelvic floor dysfunction in athletes

• Optimising training and performing through the menstrual cycle

• Sports Bras: ensuring girls have the right type and fit of sports bra

• Under-fuelling and/or over-training (RED-S)

• Developing injury resilience in female athletes

• The female filter: facilities and culture

During adolescence, girls are having to manage the physical, psychological and emotional changes that puberty brings, and this happens over several years and can present significant barriers to sport.

And while these topics are covered within PSHEE lessons, The Well aims to educate girls, and those who support them, on how we can apply that learning to enhance the way we teach girls sport and physical activity.

Dr Bella Smith, Women’s Health Specialist and GP for The Well said, “We would like every girl to leave the Sport in Her Shoes conference with a greater understanding of their own bodies and how the practical application of that knowledge can give them the confidence to achieve what they are capable of.”

Dr Emma Ross, former Lead Physiologist at the English Institute of Sport and scientist for The Well explained: “Girls drop out of sport at twice the rate of boys. A staggering 64% of girls will have quit sport by the age of finishing puberty (16-17).

“Barriers to participation include periods, breast development, body confidence, poor body literacy, a skill deficit and not finding activities that are enjoyable.

“We can do something about all of these and there is a distinct lack of support and advice, particularly in relation to sport and exercise and girls often feel unprepared and vulnerable. We want to change this and the Sport in Her Shoes Conference is a great start.”

Jayne Dart, director of sport at Sherborne Girls, added: “It is an enormous privilege to be working with The Well who are an inspirational team of women, with credible experience and a powerful message to share.

“At Sherborne Girls we feel we are at the forefront of a movement that has the potential to transform the experience girls have in sport and by opening this conference to schools across the south west we hope to share that knowledge as widely as possible.”

By schoolsportmag2, Sep 14 2021 10:02AM

Tennis star Emma Raducanu is helping to inspire thousands of primary pupils to take up the sport.

Following the exceptional performance from the British breakthrough, who captured her first Grand Slam at the US Open over the weekend, Emmamania is being captured by the LTA in a new tennis programme for four-eleven-year-olds.

The LTA’s Youth Schools programme gives teachers free, simple training so they can deliver the scheme to their pupils.

On completion of the two-hour course, schools will receive a £250 voucher and tennis activity pack.

And for the first time, LTA Youth will be offering a visit from a professional tennis player for new sign ups to the programme.

So far, the scheme has got more than 4,00 schools and 10,000 teachers involved in conjunction with professional LTA-accredited coaches.

The challenges contain some simple warm-up activities, which will take children around 15

minutes to complete.

Children can then take part in exciting, tennis-themed lessons, lasting around 45 minutes, covering subjects such as numeracy, literacy, geography and science.

Tom Gibbins a former teacher and now head of education & community at The LTA, said: “What we have seen over the past few weeks from an up and coming British tennis player in Emma Raducanu has been nothing short of spectacular.

“This is such a great moment for our sport and even more so as we look to inspire future generations across the country to take up tennis. Our free LTA Youth Schools Programme was designed to support teachers in moments like this.”

Dan Smith, a teacher at Manchester Road Primary School who has used the resources, said: “LTA Youth Schools has been great for our school. Not only have we received amazing training through the free online course, but the resources that we now have are brilliant and we will continue to use them for years to come.

“Unlike any other training course, we were also given a £250 voucher so we were able to buy the equipment needed for the lessons.”

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By schoolsportmag2, Sep 6 2021 04:01PM

Ipswich School are national champions after a fantastic display in the final of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.

Their opponents Clifton College came into the decider at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex on the back of a powerful batting display in the semi-final against Shrewsbury School.

But it was Ipswich’s bowlers who made the difference – bowling their Bristol rivals out for just 72 before knocking off the target for the loss of three wickets in just 10.3 overs.

(For a full report and pictures check out the next edition of School Sport Magazine)

By schoolsportmag2, Sep 6 2021 01:55PM

Clifton College and Ipswich School will contest the final of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup later today.

Bristol’s Clifton College (186-1) beat Shrewsbury School (110 all out) by 76 runs thanks to an excellent 162 run partnership from Bea Willis (80no) and Greer Barnes (57no) at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex.

In the other semi-final, Ipswich School suffered a late innings wobble against Reigate Grammar (114-6) before winning by four wickets with two overs to spare.

By schoolsportmag2, Sep 6 2021 11:53AM

Bea Willis (80no) and Greer Barnes (57no) turned on the style for Clifton College in the semi-finals of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.

The powerful duo accelerated gradually through their innings as the Bristol side posted a daunting total of 186-1 against Shrewsbury School at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex.

In the other semi-final, Reigate Grammar recovered from 61-5 to reach 114-6 off their 20 overs against Ipswich School.

By schoolsportmag2, Sep 6 2021 11:03AM

Batters faced mixed fortunes in the early stages of the School Sport Magazine National Schools Girls T20 Cricket Cup semi-finals today.

Bristol’s Clifton College made a steady start against Shrewsbury School, reaching 61-1 off ten overs in beautiful conditions at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex.

But Reigate Grammar were in a spot of bother after losing three quick wickets against Ipswich School, collapsing from 43-1 off six overs to 61-5 off ten.

By schoolsportmag2, Sep 6 2021 10:44AM

Clifton College and Reigate Grammar made steady starts today in the semi-finals of the School Sport Magazine National Schools Girls T20 Cricket Cup.

Bristol’s Clifton College were 31-1 off five overs against Shrewsbury School at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex.

Meanwhile Surrey’s Reigate Grammar were 43-1 off six overs against Ipswich School as batters took advantage of hot, dry conditions on perfect batting pitches.

By schoolsportmag2, Sep 3 2021 09:17AM

Four schools are set for an Autumn shoot-out to decide the best girls’ U15 cricket team in the country.

Two new sides will join two returning teams in a fantastic finals’ days at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex next Monday after an exciting summer of competition.

Bristol’s Clifton College will play Shrewsbury School while Ipswich School will take on Reigate Grammar in the semi-finals on two adjacent pitches at the top-class venue followed by a final and third-place play-off.

(For full reports on schools' cricket, check out the new edition of School Sport Magazine out next week)