After winning our district indoor athletics tournament at the finals in Herne Bay. Our year 7 and 8 girls then went onto representing East Kent at the Kent schools indoor athletic finals in Medway. This is an extremely tough competition and our girls were up against high performing competitors, especially from the public and grammar schools.
Abbey School girls performed to their very best, with amazing results in many of the athletic activities, some coming first in their event. This is a fabulous achievement and overall our year 7 girls came 5th out of 14 schools, the highest of all comprehensive schools, and the year 8 came 7th out of 14.
Fantastic effort by all girls, our most outstanding performer of the finals was Chloe Link.
Chloe Link first in 2 lap sprint
Chloe Link 2nd in 6 lap run.
Sean now a Professional Footballer for Norwich City progressed through the Academy into Dover Athletic First Team. Sean spent three years in the Academy with two of them being a sixth form student at The Abbey School. He played regularly for the first team before being sold to Lincoln City in which he won promotion into League 2 with. Sean also made history by scoring the goal against Premier League Burnley in the FA Cup taking Lincoln the furthest in the competition in their history.
On Tuesday 30th Jan Abbey schools U13 and U 15 girls represented the school at the Kent school games rugby festival in Folkestone. It was a very cold, windy afternoon. The girls showed exceptional rugby skills, and commitment to team work, scoring many tries.
Both teams won their age groups tournaments, and became the winners of the Kent school games rugby festival. The RFU coaches organised a superb afternoon, with coaching in between games. A great triumph by our Abbey school girls rugby teams.
Both teams displayed outstanding athletic performances in all of their events. Showing determination and commitment to win the events they were taking part in.
This is a tremendous achievement for both teams.
Year 9 GCSE Dance students participated in a workshop on Monday 29th January 2018 with someone called Nina who is a trained dancer who now who works with the CAT scheme. Nina is part of The Place's Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) which is part of a national intensive dance programme for 11-18 year olds who display exceptional potential and passion for Dance.
Nina delivered a fantastic workshop to students whilst scouting for potential individuals to be put forward to audition for the programme. Centres for Advanced Training is a government initiative funded by the Department for Education and managed by the Music and Dance Scheme which was initially set up in 2004. The programme at The Place, London, is open to all children between 11-16 years regardless of previous dance training.
The theme was "forgiveness" - Glynn, one of the speakers described how he had been stabbed in a fight which left him paralysed for life and in a wheelchair from the age of 17. He had not been directly involved in the fight but was helping someone who had been punched when he was attacked then stabbed in the back. Incredibly, despite his footballing dreams being over Glynn forgave his attacker - after many long, bitter years. He described himself as having two disabilities - physically and the disability of hatred. He found that by forgiving he could move on positively in his life and appreciate the new life he had made for himself.
The Academy are pleased to announce that Academy player Matty Robinson has accepted a full scholarship to Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina America.
Matty has been offered a fantastic opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Academy graduate Joshua Donnelly who is still in America finishing his degree whilst playing Football full time.
He will start his four year scholarship in September 2018.
Matty has fantastic ability in which has been developed during his time with us in the Academy. Matty is left footed that has an excellent technical ability. He is able to see and find passes during game and has exceptional set piece delivery. During his time with the Academy he has scored some fantastic goals which can be viewed on you tube the most notable one in the fa youth cup against Welling in October 17.
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