Friday 23rd March saw All Saints Academy hosting the Gloucestershire County Championships of the Sports Hall Athletics Primary Competition. All five districts of Gloucestershire were all proudly represented by their District Champions.

With this being the first Level 3 competition of the year for the primary schools, everyone was very eager and excited to get underway. The events the students took part in consisted of six track and six field events. The track events included an obstacle relay, a 1+ 1 Lap Relay, a 2 + 2 Lap Relay, a 6 Lap Paarlauf, an Over / Under Relay and finally a, 4 x 1 Lap Relay. The field events undertaken were the Chest Push, Speed Bounce, Standing Long Jump, Standing Triple Jump, Vertical Jump and the Soft Javelin.

At the end of a highly contested and very fun afternoon of various athletic events the scores came in with all students, schools, teachers and parents waiting eagerly to hear if they were to be crowned the Gloucestershire Primary Sports Hall Athletics County Championships. In fifth place came the Cheltenham champions, Bishops Cleeve.  In fourth place Stroud’s champions Nailsworth. Bronze was won by the Cotswolds Powells. Silver went to the Gloucester representatives Hempsted. This then left only one winner to take the Gold, and that was the Forest of Dean Champions, Glowmatch.

Special thanks must go to All Saints Academy for allowing these Championships to be taken part in their brand new sports hall. More thanks go to Clare and Eddy from Sports Hall Athletics for running the Competition and bringing all the equipment with them. Finally, one more thanks goes to all the helpers from Gloucestershire College and the University of Gloucestershire that made running the event possible.

With the first Level Three competition for Primary Schools completed, we the School Sport Network of Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury cannot wait for a fun filled summer of more fun and games all leading towards the Olympics in 2012.

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After a successful first round of fixtures of the District Primary Hockey League, we then went into round two on Monday 27th February. After the first fixtures teams had been split into either League 1 or 2, which was all dependant on their results from previous fixtures. In League 1 we had Oakwood 1’s, St Marks 2’s, Bishops Cleeve 1’s and 2’s and finally St Gregory’s 1’s. In League 2 was St Marks 1’s, Sticklers 1’s, St Gregory’s 2’s, Sticklers 2’s and Oakwood 2’s.

With some greatly contested games the entire event was a huge success to see and be a part of. The sportsmanship from all teams was a delight to see with all teams shouting three cheers to the other at the end of each game. A special thank you must go out to the Sports Leaders who helped the event run smoothly and be such a success.

League 1 was won by Oakwood 1’s and League 2 won by St Marks 1’s. With both days being such a success and everyone enjoying themselves we cannot wait for next year for an even bigger and more exciting competition.

Cleeve School Young Ambassadors, Anna Waters and James Butler, have leading a hard working team all term alongside Tewkesbury School Young Ambassadors Becky Worrall and Steve Simms. Together, they have worked on organising and running the annual swimming gala for primary schools in the Cleeve and Tewkesbury area. A key focus of the event was to encourage participation in sport and promote London 2012 which they completed on both accounts very successfully. 

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This all took place on Wednesday 22nd February at Tewkesbury School's pool. A total of eleven schools attended the event with roughly 66 pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 all participating in a variety of swimming races and competitions. 

Each school was allocated an Olympic Country in which they would be representing throughout the competition. A prize was given to the school that produced the best poster for their country. Certificates were awarded to those who were placed first in each final and medals were awarded to the teams who finished in overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Firstly, John Moore School who were proudly representing Denmark, took the prize for the best poster competition. They added to this initial victory by winning the Bronze medal by being placed 3rd overall. Prestbury St. Marys, who represented Brazil, took the Silver and Gold, was given to Tirlebrook who represented China.

The overall event was then divided into two sections which were large school and small school. The winners of the large schools trophy was Brazil's finest athletes at Prestbury St. Marys Junior School and the small school trophy was awarded to the China's greatest swimmer's at Tirlebrook Primary School.

The gala was a huge success and ran smoothly, this was all due to the Young Ambassadors planning and hard work. Special thanks must also go to the Sports Leaders from Cleeve and Tewkesbury Schools who assisted running the event on the day. 

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Friday 9th March saw St. Edward's school host an In2Hockey event, in which eighty girls and boys from St. Edwards's Senior and Junior School, and also from Balcarras School took part. The session worked on all hockey skills such as defending, dribbling,  goal scoring and penalty fllicks. After learning and honing these skills all the students finished of with small sided games.

The participants were especially lucky to welcome Great Britain Hockey players, Georgie Twigg and Ashleigh Ball as special coaching guest stars. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed being taught by the pro's and pick up any tips and hints that would help them improve their game. After the days event both Georgie and Ashleigh stayed to sign autographs for every student. The entire day was a huge success and lots of fun for all involved.

 

The chilly afternoon of Monday 6th February, at Balcarras School saw the first fixtures evening for the District Primary Hockey League. There was 2 pools of 5 teams, consisting of 2 teams from each school: Oakwood, Bishops Cleeve, St. Gregs, St. Marks and Sticklers, a junior hockey club from the local area.

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It was great to see so many enthusiastic Year 5 and 6's spread across 4 pitches on Balcarras Astroturf. Every team played 4 games and from both pools there would be the 'top 3 teams'. The next fixtures evening will be on Monday 27th February, whereby teams will play off in the newly formed League 1 and League 2.

The event was supported and games umpired by Sports Leaders from Balcarras School who did a great job helping students learn the rules and gave some extra coaching as well! Encourgament of hand shaking, three cheers and 'well dones' were also observed which was lovely to see.

Bishops Cleeve, Oakwood and St. Marks are all close at the top after the first night.....Looking forward to evening 2!