Sporting Events – 2018

 

The Beacon of Light Launch Event, 16-5-18

Hope Wood Academy took a mixture of twelve KS3 and KS4 students to The Beacon of Light for its launch event.  We were extremely fortunate to be invited to the historic occasion by the Foundation of Light.

The Beacon is a state-of-the-art community based sports building.  The ground floor is huge and includes three basketball courts which fit side by side.  The roof top is a full size 4G football pitch with seating area.

The twelve students were there to experience the opening of the building and to enjoy some multi-sports games organised by a familiar FOL coach, Kevin Darke.  Kevin commented that, “the students were a credit to Hope Wood Academy.” I could not agree more.

 

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Kwik Cricket Tournament, Hartlepool Cricket Club, 15-5-18

This was the first Lord’s Taverner’s kwik cricket event of the year and Hope Wood Academy took Prebends Class to the tournament.

Prebends have been working hard and practising on a weekly basis with the event organiser, Ron Young, who works for Durham County Cricket Club.

Prebends were split into two teams and after a full day of playing, Team A won the entire tournament and Team B came 7th.  More importantly, Prebends displayed great sportsmanship, attitude and respect for the tournament and the other competing schools

The students were elated a fantastic trophy to be brought back to school.  The students had enjoyed a great event in beautiful sunshine; a perfect cricket-filled day.

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Step Into Sport – Sports Leaders Festival, Freemans Quay, Durham

Hope Wood Academy took a mixture of KS4 and post-16 pupils to learn and experience sports leadership. The event was supported by a majority of mainstream students; HWA were the additional needs cohort.
They were warmly welcomed at the event and the Director of Sport at Trinity, Jane Young, commented on how great they were and how well they represented our school. The Mayor of Durham was present and he was delighted to pose for some photos
with our proud students.

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Table Cricket – Riverside Cricket Ground, Chester-le-Street, 8-3-18

Prebends Class continued their table cricket saga by competing at a tournament held at the International Cricket Ground in Chester-le-Street.

They were up against stiff competition as they were in the advanced category, competing against teams that were into their third successive year at the event.

Hope B managed to secure fourth spot after a full day of play.  Amazingly, Hope Wood A secured first spot after winning 4 games out of 4!!  We were awarded the trophy for the second year in a row and we are having our names engraved as I type.  We now look forward to the regional finals!

More importantly, the students behaved wonderfully and thoroughly enjoyed the day.  We even had time to inspect the stadium and grab a sneaky photograph.

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Inter Academy Basketball Festival, Hope Wood Academy, 26-1-18

This was the first inter-academy event of the year and Hope Wood Academy played proud hosts to visiting schools.

Hope Wood had a KS3/4 team and a KS2 team (Orange Class).  Portland Academy brought a team and Ashtrees Academy brought two teams.

The players from Hope Wood Academy had been working hard during basketball PE lessons during autumn term and squeezed in additional practise whenever they could.

The tournament included activities that ran alongside the fixtures themselves.  For instance, there was benchball/football outside and boccia/new age curling indoors.

The participants had a great afternoon with some very competitive games.  The atmosphere was fantastic and it was a pleasure as much for the spectator as for the participant.

Table Cricket Tournament, Education Village, 25-1-18

This was the first Lord’s Taverner’s event of the year and Hope Wood Academy took Prebends Class to the tournament.

Prebends have been working hard and practising on a weekly basis with the event organiser, Ron Young, who works for Durham County Cricket Club.

Prebends were split into two teams and after a full day of playing, Team B won the entire tournament and Team B came runners up.  A full sweep for Hope Wood Academy.

The students were elated and received medals and certificates.  Hope Wood Academy were also awarded a signed cricket bat from Durham County Cricket Club by all the players.  The bat will be proudly displayed at Hope Wood Academy.

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