The Abbey School Girl’s Football Club have been offered an amazing opportunity to be coached by a Gillingham/England football coach over a 10 week period. This club has served as motivation for many girls from all year groups. This will give them the chance to join this club, learn new skills and be inspired by the coaching. This has led to a selection of girls being invited to trial at the club.
Unfortunately, the U13s lost their first cup game, although they will be playing many friendly matches over the next year. We have a tournament coming up soon in Gillingham. Within the team we have some very competitive players, including a Year 7 student, Romy Mount, who has already displayed excellent ability in our matches.
The U14s have their first cup match this week and many other District matches over the next year. This is also a very strong team who are captained by Lauren Hunt they work well as a team.
The Football Academy have been extremely successful this season. In fact, there is no higher achievement than being crowned the best academy in the country!
This achievement is down to the work ethic the players have shown throughout the season and their constant desire to want to improve and better themselves.
The Academy also progressed to the first round of the FA Youth Cup playing Millwall at the Den, only narrowly being beaten 2-0 against the professional London club. On the back of this we attracted a lot of attention from professional clubs and were invited to play Reading FC at their training ground. We had players invited into Barnet, Gillingham, Reading and Colchester with Academy player Tom Carlton signing a professional contract for Colchester.
The Academy finished runners up in their league after only losing two matches all season and lost out in the semi final of the League Cup competition. The best two teams from each league In the Conference Youth Alliance across the country were entered into the play off competition which we progressed through after beating Guiseley, Southampton, Brentford and finally Leatherhead 5-1 in the final crowning the players the best in the country.
On the back of this great achievement players have played in the Dover Athletic first team this season and also have been invited to attend pre season with them in which they will work hard to gain a first team contract.
There has been a change to the regular format of the netball fixtures and a more structured approach has been implemented to try and give netball in the district a much needed boost. Thus far the concept has taken off and pupils are having regular bi-weekly fixtures against a host of other schools. Participation rates for netball have also increased with attendance at the netball club being at an all time high, which is great to see.
Netball Club has continued on a Tuesday after school. It has been good to see Year 7 girls turning up each week. A special mention goes to Beth Foot and Molly Stemp in Year 10 who have been helping to run the sessions.
What an impressing start the Year 7 team have made so far, a dream team in the making. In their first tournament they won one, drew one, lost one, then their second tournament they won all three games. There are many talented girls in this squad whose performances shows a range of perceptual skills with accurate passing and movement around the court. A great start! The Year 7 netball team are: Niamh Brewer, Phoebe Wells, Sophie Molton, Hannah George, Shakira Butler, Francessca Towers, Mercedes Adams-Howse, Erica Courtney, Niah Stemp and Hannah Spillett.
At present the team are undefeated winning all their games so far. Their performances show a wealth of skills and tactics. Ruby Scott is the star player with her outstanding shooting. This is a team to watch who gel well together. The Year 8 Netball team are: Ruby Scott, Tily Kirby, Emmie Walsh, Olivia Pickard, Katherine Stonor, Emily Wanstall, Alisha Turner, Ellie Timms, Izzy Wiggins and Kia Drake.
On Saturday 16th January we had 5 girls from the Abbey School who represented us at the KSSA Swimming Championships. Kia Drake, Chloe Bullard and Lois Dushense all won medals in their respective swimming disciplines – an excellent achievement from the girls. Next year we hope to field an even bigger team as well as a boys’ squad.
Over the course of this first term the Year 7 students have all had to opportunity to have swimming lessons at Faversham Pools. This has been a great addition to the P.E. curriculum and the students have thoroughly enjoyed it, whatever their swimming ability. Here at the Abbey School we firmly believe that it is vital for all of our students to know how to swim, especially as we live so close to the coast.
The Year 7 football team have made a strong start to their season. A well battled game secured them a competitive draw away at CCW. They dominated the game away at St. Anselms for a 7-1 win and this was followed by an impressive win away at Simon Langton. They head away in the Kent Cup to face Brockhill next week. Mr. Long describes this Year 7 side as one of the best he has seen; they have huge potential to do well over the next 5 years.
The Year 8s had to wait a while to compete in their first game due to cancellation of fixtures, however there were no signs of rustiness when they smashed CCW 5-2, and an excellent team performance allowed Abbey to control the game throughout. Goals from Tom Goldsmith x2, Danny Partis x2 and Alfie Gramson secured the win. The Abbey’s next game eclipsed that memorable night in Istanbul all those years ago, which saw Liverpool come from 3 goals down. Their opponents were Simon Langton; Langton had the better of the first half capitalising on defence errors they took a 3 goal lead into half time. An inspirational team talk by Mr. Crittenden and 4 goals later Abbey led 4-3. However, with a minute left to play Langton broke Abbey hearts by scoring with the last kick of the game. Goals from Tom Goldsmith x2, Danny Partis and Alfie Gramson. With games to go, there is still lots of room for improvement but the team are moving forward and showing great belief heading into their Kent Cup fixture.
The following boys have excelled at football and have been selected in the district football teams for their respective year groups. These teams are a selection of all the best players in the Faversham, Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay area.
Mrs. Skelcher took two full contact rugby teams to the Kent School Games. Both teams did exceptionally well, though the U15 team reached the FINAL and only lost by 5 points. Big well done to both teams.
Rachel Skelcher, Head of Girls' PE, and Rachel Packman, a fitness instructor at The Abbey Sports Centre, are running a free fitness morning for women at The Abbey School Sports Hall on 21st June 2015 from 10.00 to 1.00 pm. This event is free and open to all ages and abilities.
Rachel Skelcher said, "The motivation driving this event comes from the fact that many women, when they leave school, cease any fitness or sporting activity. Young girls in particular need to be given a flavor of the enjoyment and health benefits of competitive sport and fitness." A variety of sports providers and coaches from the local community will be delivering sessions for free at the event. This will give all women the opportunity to take part in classes they enjoy or have never tried before.
Five Year 8 students were lucky enough to be selected to spend the day being coached by FC Porto coaches who travelled over from Portugal. Kieran Moon, Tom Goldsmith, Danny Partis, Olly Yates and Jacob Tucker all spent the morning doing a range of drills that the Porto Youth Team do in their own academy. The students did the school extremely proud, not only with their performances but with their enthusiasm to learn and improve.
In the afternoon they were put into small teams where they competed in a mini tournament in front of the coaches. The coaches commented on how pleased they were with our students and their real love and passion for football.
Mrs. Skelcher took 16 Year 10 girls to this amazing day organised at St. Anselms. The aim of the day was to introduce girls to all of the opportunities out there for a career in sport and many other jobs the girls would not even realise they could have a career in. The day started with a small lecture from ‘This Girl Can’; a project which is big in the media at the moment organised by Claire Balding.
Throughout the day the students walked round a rotation of guest speaker workshops with each speaker giving the girls an insight into their job and how they got to where they have. This day was an inspirational day for the girls and they were totally motivated by all the guest speakers.
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