Sporting Superstars at EHPA

 

It's been a hectic but exciting period for sports participation at EHPA. Many of our talented students have been fortunate to take part in several sporting events across the county recently as well as meet a former Olympian who competed for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

 

Thursday 16th March

 

Following their local success before Christmas, the much-talked-about EHPA athletics team travelled to Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, to compete in the Humber County Sports Hall Athletics final to compete against the champion schools from the Scunthorpe, Hull and East Riding area.

 

This was believed to be the first time that an Edward Heneage team had made it to this stage of the competition - an incredible achievement considering the small number of students enrolled at the school.

 

Despite being the smallest-sized school in the finals, coupled with the tag of underdogs and newcomers, the team competed fiercely and manage to finish in 4th place overall - including several 1st place finishes in many events and finishing as the highest ranking school from North East Lincolnshire, ahead of local rivals Scartho Junior Academy.

 

Considering the other seven schools involved had all been present at a Humber County finals before, this truly was an incredible performance from a very talented and dedicated EHPA athletics team. In addition to this, it is worth adding that there were approximately 130 schools who originally entered the competition across the Humber region during the preliminary rounds, further cementing the amazing achievement of our team.

 

The team can be incredibly proud of their performance and can look ahead to the DRET Summer Cup where they hope to go one better than their runner up performance from last year by winning the Sports Hall athletics competition.

 

Thursday 17th March

 

One of the highlights of the school sporting calendar saw the EHPA Football & Netball teams walk the short distance to neighbouring Havelock Academy to take part in the 2015/2016 DRET Primary Winter Cup.

 

In what was an action-packed day, our students were fortunate enough to meet SKY TV's very own football freestyler, Dan Magness, who wowed the students and staff alike with his mesmerising tricks and skills with a ball, as well as former professional footballers Danny Webber and Leon Mike. There was also a visit from Jo Trip and Natalie Panagarry who represent the Loughborough Lightning Netball Team and they were on hand to advise and support participants in the netball event.

 

Both teams performed admirably, providing competitive opposition for all the other schools involved, and achieved an incredible 3rd place finish in both the football and the netball event - the most improved performance by any other school involved in the competition based on last year's event.

 

We are incredibly proud of those students involved and it has been delightful to see so many of them wearing their bronze medal with pride around the Academy.

 

Tuesday 22nd March

 

After their stellar performance in the local schools competition, our champion dodgeball team travelled to Hull University to compete in the Humber County Dodgeball Finals against the other seven champions from across the Humber region.

 

After a super start in the first game which saw our team overcome eventual finalists Winterton Primary comfortably, a combination of bad luck, some confusion over a rule change and some questionable decisions from the umpires saw our team finish outside the top 4 positions.

 

Despite this, the team were excellent representatives of EHPA and have done remarkably well to reach the County finals in our first year competing in the dodgeball competition.  

 

Thursday 24th March

 

In a slightly different sporting highlight, some of our students were lucky enough to meet a former Olympian at nearby Humberston Academy. Ben Pipes, former captain of the Great Britain volleyball team, was on hand to talk to our students about how dedication, teamwork, planning, problem solving and communication can lead to success in any forms of life. Ben designed a number of activities to take our students out of their comfort zones which was refreshing to see.

 

We look forward to seeing what fantastic opportunities DRET can provide our students in future.