The Love of Sport
Sport has been at the forefront of my mind this week. Impressive things are being seen on the hockey pitch. Last week I watched the 1st XI take on Trent College in the National League, which soon progresses to a knockout phase.
The boys won 4-1 after a tense half hour at 2-1 when the result was very much in doubt. I have been hugely impressed by the skill levels and the teamwork they have been showing. Another victory in the same competition came this week away to QEGS in Wakefield, with real character being shown as they came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. The team has had an incredible run of victories, undefeated since mid-October, and they are also riding high in the Warwickshire league and progressing in the National Cup – they have already had an extraordinary season and will come up against the very best in the country in the final weeks of term.
Last weekend saw the 50th Anniversary Warwick Sevens Tournament: a huge undertaking with over 1000 boys arriving on the school site from as far afield as Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Somerset and Wales to play five or more fixtures across a long day. It was great to see the new 3G pitch swarming with boys, and the grass pitches in great condition – far from the quagmire of 2018.
The Warwick teams had some success, with the U16s winning their event and U13s going unbeaten through the day. If the boys were tired, the referees, who in some cases refereed twice as many games as the boys played, had more reason to rest their weary bones at the end of a long day. I am very grateful to all those who made the event such a success, whether refereeing, hosting or organising on the day.
Tomorrow sees another big rugby event with the cup semi-final for the 1st XV against Woodhouse Grove at Allianz Park. We are taking down a couple of coachloads of boys and hope to see many more of you there at the stadium. If you can’t be there in person, the game will be live streamed via the England Rugby YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8a102hgKQ8)
To be competing at national level in both winter team sports is quite extraordinary, and both 1st teams have shown great endeavour, character and sportsmanship in all the games I have watched. They are a wonderful example to the boys coming through the age groups. I have also been hearing about individual successes in squash, triathlon, swimming, basketball, water polo, golf, the list goes on. What I really like about the sports provision here is that it’s not just that the boys enjoy terrific facilities and excellent coaching, but that they have genuine opportunities to find their own sporting niche. Ultimately, we want all boys to fulfil their potential in their preferred field, to leave here with a love of sport, and for it to be a part of their lives for many years to come.