As the term comes to an end, our final sports fixtures saw us play in an ISA Basketball Competition over in Ellesmere Port. This was the eighth different sport we have taken part in competitively this term. The range of opportunities, including in sport, is something we pride ourselves on at Brabyns. We aim to give the children the chance to experience a range of sports and activities with a view to finding ones they particularly enjoy and in which they excel. For some children, it also enables them to develop an impressive portfolio of sporting genres in which they have achieved experience and success!
Over the term we have taken part in football, high-5 (netball), cross country, a swimming gala, water polo, contact rugby, hockey and basketball. We have enjoyed varying success, with the main emphasis on participation, enjoyment and bettering ourselves through maximum effort. Achievements along the way include; one of the Hockey teams having 100% record and progressing to the district finals, while one of the other teams finishing runners-up (and were praised for their great spirit) and also qualifying for the finals. The swimming team were worthy winners of their gala. We’ve had a top ten finish from DB in the cross-country and the football team were runners-up in the ‘Europa Cup’ in their 16-team tournament.
In the basketball, the other teams displayed more competitive experience, however our Brabyns squad worked well as a team and won half of their games. There were 100 children taking part and at the end when the awards were announced it was fantastic to hear that CS from Brabyns had been voted (by the referees) as the ‘MVP’ of the tournament - a great achievement!
Finally the contact rugby game we played was a really wonderful opportunity. It was also a great advert for competitive sport that tests the children in different ways, but also is fun and gives the children the knowledge that they have been challenged and can feel very proud of their efforts. For the majority of this year’s squad (which includes girls) it was their first ‘taste’ of contact rugby and the children have visibly developed this term under the tutelage of Coach John from Marple Rugby Club . In the game, played under the floodlights at Marple Rugby Club, we took a 5-2 half-time lead, and consequently let the opposing team have an extra player so he didn’t get cold on the sidelines. The final score was 9-9 with us scoring the equalising try with the last play of the game. To have had this playing experience was wonderful for the children, as apparently was the hot chocolate!
We may be small in size at Brabyns, but the engaging opportunities the children are given continue to be superb.