09 Sep 2022
Christmas Term 2022 - Sports Report Week 1

Christmas Term 2022 - Week 1 Sports Report

It’s been an amazing summer of sport in the UK which has included the highlights of the home Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the fantastic achievements of the Lionesses in the Euros.

It was also a busy summer at Canford where we were extremely proud to host both the Men’s and Women’s Rugby 7s teams from Fiji in preparation for those Birmingham Games. The Men’s team were led by their Head Coach OC Ben Gollings, and both teams went on to earn silver medals in the tournament.

It has also been a summer where Canford pupils have continued to explore their potential and excel across a number of sports whilst many have taken a well deserved summer break. Below outlines just some of those achievements by our pupils:

Cricket

Eddie Jack followed in the footsteps of recent OC Tom Prest with selection for England U19s in a Test Match against Sri Lanka. A fantastic achievement for a 16 year old who is just heading into the Sixth Form. We look forward to Eddie continuing his progress both at school and with Hampshire.

A number of cricketers have also been excelling in representative and club cricket over the summer looking to follow in Tom and Ben’s footsteps. We are particularly proud of Fourth Former Izzy Reeve being selected for the Southern Vipers Emerging Player Programme. A bright future awaits Izzy and our talented female cricketers who at the end of term reached the last eight of the National T20 competition, before being sadly eliminated by the toss of the coin, after a rained off Quarter Final!

Athletics

Summer leaver Rhys Allen retained his English Schools National Championships Discus title in Manchester before heading to the USA to take up a Sports Scholarship at Maryland University.

Swimming

Robbie Hemmings (Upper Sixth) continued to develop his swimming career with further National age group titles in both Backstroke and Butterfly. His form led to selection for the GB Junior squad that travelled for the European Junior Championships in Bucharest. A PB in the 100m Backstroke saw him ranked 4th in Europe – a marvellous achievement!!

Rugby

Both Ryan Woodford (Upper Sixth) and Sam Martin (Lower Sixth) have represented Bath Academy U18s in their opening Premiership U18s League fixtures in August. A further group of players have been involved in both the PDG and DPP programmes over the summer and we look forward to seeing them progress further again this season.

August also saw the Rugby Club take a large group of boys away to Soustons in France for an excellent pre-season training camp. Great conditions and facilities that have recently been used by Top 14 Pro teams were available to the boys along with the opportunity to meet and hear from former Scottish International Johnnie Beattie. Memories were made, relationships enhanced and some quality time was utilised in improving both tactically and technically.

That pre-season work will be put to the test this forthcoming weekend as we welcome Marlborough College to Canford as well as us sending some sides to Wiltshire. The majority of the matches, outside of the 1st XV fixture which will be a full game, will be part of a graduated return to contact for the boys. This will involve touch games, grab tackle games and will be important practice both schools as we look to control the amount of collisions for the players and ease into the term ahead.

Hockey

Georgie Boon (Upper Sixth) and Charlie Whitmore (Upper Sixth) recently represented the Southampton Performance Centre in this year’s England Hockey Challenge Cup. The tournament brings together the best young players from all over the country.

Sam Wilmot (Fifth Form) also represented the Southampton PC in the Boys’ U15 Challenge Cup

Our senior girls will continue their start to the season with a fixture against this weekend at Chapel Gate against Bournemouth Hockey Club. A group of 18 spent a couple of days at Canford before heading to Cardiff Met University last weekend to take part in their pre-season festival. With 9 debutants on show the young team impressed hugely with 3 wins and a draw from their 4 fixtures against Wellington School, King’s Bruton, Dauntsey’s and Bradfield College.

Director of Sport and Physical Wellbeing’s thoughts:

It has been an incredibly sad start for all in this our centenary year at Canford with the loss of the Queen this week. A staunch supporter of sport her legacy will endure and all the fixtures taking place this weekend will be marked with a 2 minute silence before the start, as a mark of a respect for her reign.

The summer period has seen some new additions and alterations including a newly re-laid Hockey pitch at what previously was known as the Brook Astro – which is soon to be officially opened as the Rossiter. New scoreboards will shortly adorn the 1st XV Rugby pitch on Higher Park and on Rossiter Hockey Pitch. The pupils will enjoy a redecorated and refurbished performance gym along with improved performance analysis ability due to the investment in new camera equipment. With travel restrictions relaxed we will soon welcome old friends from Craighouse School in Chile for Hockey and Rugby fixtures. We will also see some friendly competition against Stowe School, who are also celebrating their centenary, across a number of sports. Football at the school will be boosted with extra coaching support and further sessions are available for girls and for juniors (futsal) within the activities programme.

We also welcome a new group of well qualified sporting Graduate Assistants who join Mr Roberts, Mr Forbes and Mr Crickmore who remain from last year’s group.

In this centenary year we all look forward to a year of sport that will enable all pupils to explore, express themselves and excel in whatever their sporting activity and at whatever the level.

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