The Dover Athletic Academy in partnership with The Abbey School were crowned the best academy team in the country last night after their 5-1 win against Leatherhead in the Football Conference Youth Alliance final.
Two goals from Kyron Lightfoot and a goal each from Ira Jackson, Alfie Paxman and Ben Cardwell saw the academy team storm to victory at the ground of Sutton United FC on Wednesday (25). Kyron Lightfoot was named the man of the match for his outstanding performance on the night, when he scored two goals and assisted in two more.
Speaking after the victory, manager Mike Sandmann said: “I couldn't be more proud of the academy players today after winning the final. Their development from the start of the season to now has been incredible. They deserve full credit for the win and their work ethic and determination to improve throughout the season has been a pleasure to see.”
Sandmann said that after two years with the academy side, some players would be going into Dover’s first team for pre-season, with the aim of progressing to the first team using the skills they had learnt at the academy.
Pupils from The Abbey School have visited the battlefields and cemeteries of the First World War.
The emotional journey took the group of 50 pupils firstly to the site of the battle of Vimy Ridge, outside the French town of Lens, where in April 1917, 3,598 Canadian troops fought and died as part of the Allied Forces.
They saw the memorial to the Canadian troops, as well as evacuated tunnels and recreated trenches.
The group, led by The Abbey School’s head of history Gareth Storey, then visited the Ypres Salient, where pupils Kian Skinner 12 and Holly Best 12 laid a wreath at the German cemetery of Langemark.
Pupils from The Abbey School met pen pals at their partner school in France.
The modern foreign language department took a group of Year 7 pupils to Hazebrouck, in northern France, Faversham’s twin town, where they were welcomed by teachers and town hall representatives.
The 11 and 12-year-olds have been exchanging letters with their French counterparts at the College Fernande Benoist and have been learning about school life in Hazebrouck, where pupils don’t wear uniform, or attend school on Wednesday afternoon, in common with the rest of the country.
Teacher Mrs Aribi led the party of 49 pupils who had the opportunity to practise their French speaking skills and experience life in the French school system.
Faversham Swimming Club held their heads high when they competed in the Sheerness Ron Crowder Memorial Gala at Sheerness-on-Sea. They came away with 24 top-three placings and plenty of personal-best times.
Faversham’s gold medal winners included Emily Holt (girls’ 16 years 50m freestyle and 14 years 50m backstroke), Amy Coupe (girls’ 13 years 50m backstroke), Eva McIntyre (girls’ 13 years 50m breaststroke), Kia Drake (girls’ 14 years 50m freestyle), Molly Stemp (girls’ 16 years 50m breaststroke), Ryby Scott (girls’ 13 years 50m freestyle) and Scott Pearce (boys’ 10 years 25m backstroke).
A penalty save saw Dover Athletic Academy beat Brentford Griffins away to secure a place in the Football Conference Youth Alliance final.
Goalkeeper James Tonkin’s decisive save put the Academy side through to meet Leatherhead in the final. The Dover squad won 7-6 on penalties, crushing the Griffins’ dreams.
The match at the Griffins’ home ground in Feltham on Wednesday (11) got off to a slow start with both sides having their fair share of chances but without a breakthrough. Academy manager Mike Sandmann said: “In the first half both teams cancelled each other out and we never got going.”
After halftime, the score remained at 0-0 but there was drama with 40 minutes to go as the referee showed the Academy’s Connor Miller the red card for dissent. Sandmann said: “It was a terrible decision by the ref and it should have never been a sending off.”
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A group of pupils from The Abbey School have been presented with a Diana Award by Ricky Rayment who starred in TOWIE.
The six pupils were recognised for their work in helping newcomers to the school to settle in, supporting vulnerable pupils and taking the lead on anti-bullying. They are also passionate charity supporters and have raised money for Macmillan and Cancer Research at school fund raising events.
The youngsters, who are aged between 12 and 14-years-old, visited New Hall School in Chelmsford, Essex, where ex-TOWIE star Ricky Rayment presented them with the Diana Active Volunteer Award.
Tuesday 17th May was International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Abbey School students and staff were proud to wear bright or multi-colored ties, scarfs, socks, tights and hair accessories to celebrate, recognise and connect with these issues, as well as to show tolerance and understanding.
British Values of individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance are not just what we do at the Abbey School, they are a fundamental core of who we are. They are a key foundation which makes every child’s experience at the Abbey School rich, meaningful, varied, and safe.
Pupils at The Abbey School have been working with Brightside, a charity that helps to propel youngsters into top universities and blue chip careers.
The Abbey School is one of only six in Kent to take part in an online mentoring programme that equips pupils with the skills, know-how and confidence to breakthrough barriers to achievement.
Now the charity has selected The Abbey School pupils’ careers’ podcast to be put on the Brightside website, which has over 1.6 million hits a year.
As part of the programme a team of pupils, age 13-14 years put together a humorous podcast, titled Yet to Decide, which features weird and wonderful careers, with the message that youngsters should keep an open mind about options.
School staff were taught a footballing lesson by the Year 11 boys' football team in a fundraising fixture to raise money for their prom and yearbooks. To use a footballing cliché, it was a game of two halves; sadly for the staff, a game of two halves dominated by the students. In front of a large crowd the students came away 7-1 winners. The game was played in great spirit, but from the outset it was clear the students were in no mood to go easy on their older opposition. First half goals from the Belcher twins and Adam Benfield saw the Year 11s head into the interval with a commanding 3-0 advantage. With the proverbial mountain to climb, and despite a valiant effort in the second half, the staff were unable to get back into the game with the Year 11s scoring 4 further goals through Adam Benfield, Tom Gates, Ed Tucker and Marshall Wratten. The staff finally got on the score sheet through PE teacher and Head of Year 10 Miss Muckian. With the teachers always the underdogs, sadly there was no Leicester City style fairy-tale as the Year 11s finished the game with their final goal.
Football and the prom was the winner as a large amount of money was raised for the July celebration.
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