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By Laura Taylor, Feb 11 2019 10:32AM

Stockport Grammar School’s rugby players have won the U16 Cheshire Cup bringing an outstanding season of challenging games to a fitting end.

The boys faced some talented schools during their campaign with a last-gasp drop goal sealing a dramatic comeback against Bridgewater High School and an outstanding performance against St Ambrose College.

On top of this victory, more than 20 of the school’s rugby players have been selected for teams and training groups at club and county level.

Head of rugby Hugo Corbett said: “It is an exceptional achievement for our U16 team to win the cup final and it is a testament to the training they’ve put in. I am so pleased for the boys that have been selected, it is a credit to all the hard work and enthusiasm that they have shown.”

By Laura Taylor, Feb 11 2019 10:30AM

A former American professional basketball player - who at the height of his career faced Michael Jordan on the court – has joined a Harrogate school’s sports’ department.

Voise Winters, who spent a season playing with the Philadelphia 76ers, will now be coaching youngsters at Ashville College in the fast-paced sport.

And, thanks to the generosity of a school parent, the school has recently installed two sets of outdoor basketball goals for the pupils to use both in lessons and in their breaktimes

By Laura Taylor, Feb 7 2019 09:36AM

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill has launched the Institute of Sporting Futures (ISF), a new sports and education programme for school leavers.

The scheme, starting in September at schools and colleges in Sheffield, Hull and Leeds, is a two-year post-16 programme designed to provide young people with fast-track access to a sports coaching career.

An holistic, employer-led alternative to academic programmes or apprenticeships for school leavers who are passionate about sport, it will open doors to direct employment or further education within the sports coaching and leisure sector.

By Laura Taylor, Feb 7 2019 09:35AM

Framlingham College has embarked on an exciting new partnership with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.

Pupils will have a direct and clear potential pathway into professional cricket, with regular opportunities for boys and girls to take part in academy and elite player programme sessions at the County Ground, Northamptonshire.

Framlingham, who have taken on former Somerset player Johann Myburgh as their new head of cricket development, is the only school in Suffolk to host an MCC foundation hub, aimed at keeping young people from state schools engaged in the game.

By Laura Taylor, Feb 6 2019 05:33PM

Cranleigh School’s U16 girls have been crowned national indoor hockey champions after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Repton School.

The win brought the school's number of national finals over the last six years to 21 with seven victories, seven runners-up and four bronze medals.

By Laura Taylor, Feb 6 2019 05:13PM

Denbigh School has netted an impressive hat-trick of prestigious regional sports awards.

The school has been named Secondary Sports School of the Year at the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Sports Awards Ceremony, Secondary Sports Achiever of the Year at the MK Sports Awards and Secondary School of the Year at the MK School Sport Partnership Awards.

The prizes honour the school’s programmes aimed at encouraging students, particularly girls, to engage and participate in school sport as well as Denbigh’s outstanding sporting participation and success rates.

By Laura Taylor, Jan 21 2019 01:25PM

We have revealed the country’s best state sports schools of 2018 – now it’s the turn of Britain’s best independent schools.

Hundreds of schools turn in a series of remarkable results after months of hard work – but who are the country’s best of the best.

The top 100 list reflects competitive achievement in a range of sports throughout 2018 and honours those schools that take competition especially seriously.

So congratulations to Millfield School – winners for the sixth successive year - who reached the national finals of no less than seven different sports and won national titles at cricket, swimming and biathlon.

Well done too to Whitgift School in Surrey, second for the sixth successive year, who won national titles at rugby union, cricket, hockey, table tennis and biathlon and closed the gap between themselves and Millfield to the narrowest ever.

Third place for the first time went to Derbyshire’s Repton School, who reached the later stages of national football, cricket, netball, hockey and tennis competitions.

(To read the full report in the new edition of School Sport Magazine out on Jan 21, subscribe for just £29 a year by emailing [email protected])

By Laura Taylor, Jan 16 2019 03:34PM

A well-resourced and thriving state school PE department have kickstarted a debate about just how far schools go to achieve success.

The school (they have asked us to spare their blushes by remaining anonymous) were proud of their coaching programme and the progress that many of their students make during the five or seven years spent with them.

But they rarely made it past the county finals of any national competitions (not for the want of trying) and reckoned they knew why.

They named six schools within 40 miles of them – four independent and two state institutions – who they claimed spent huge resources in terms of time and money recruiting players to join them.

This, they claimed, started at junior school level and went right through to sixth form. Not surprisingly, they were frustrated and rather annoyed.

But how big a problem is this – and frankly does it matter? Are sports scholarships a force for good or just a polite term for playier poaching?

(To read the full report in the new edition of School Sport Magazine out on Jan 21, subscribe for just £29 a year by emailing [email protected])

By Laura Taylor, Jan 16 2019 03:25PM

Last year, eighteen-year-old snowboarder Ellie Soutter tragically killed herself after suffering from depression and stress.

Family members said their daughter’s problems had been brought on by the pressures of trying to build an elite sporting career.

And even though Ellie had left school, many young talented athletes are still in full time education and these young people need assistance with their wellbeing, as well as their sport and education.

Schools, with everyday access to young people, are in an ideal place to provide that support and to coordinate any external agencies, involved. But only, experts say, if school staff know what to look for.

“For a young person, balancing education and sport is fundamentally stressful and without the correct support, these pressures can manifest themselves in psychological distress,” says Kelly Jones, athlete support officer and Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) lead at Solent University.

(To read the full report in the new edition of School Sport Magazine out on Jan 21, subscribe for just £29 a year by emailing [email protected])

By Laura Taylor, Jan 15 2019 05:46PM

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has called on the country’s leading sporting organisations to work in partnership with the Government to improve school sport and ensure all children have the opportunity to take part in competitive sport and increase their activity levels.

At a summit of top sporting organisations including the Premier League, the Rugby Football Union and England Hockey, Mr Hinds and the sports minister Mims Davies asked the country’s biggest sporting institutions to advise the Government, ahead of the School Sport Action Plan next year, on how to help children to harness the benefits of sport.

These include greater self-belief, working towards long-term goals and recovering from setbacks – alongside well-documented benefits to their physical and mental wellbeing.

(To read the full report in the new edition of School Sport Magazine out on Jan 21, subscribe for just £29 a year by emailing [email protected])