Sport at Merrydale

Nov 01

The first term was a busy one at Merrydale with various clubs and events taking place. It was great to see our after school clubs full with well over 75 children attending our multi-sports, football, table tennis and mini tennis clubs. I hope to see even more of you participating in a club in the second autumn term!

Our boys and girls football teams are well underway with their football fixtures at Judgemeadow and I have been very impressed with their attitude and the skills they have demonstrated so far! Keep up the good work!

We have also taken part in the first competitions of the year through our affiliation with the Leicester City Sport & Physical Activity Network. We took 35 children to compete at a cross country competition at Knighton Park, where we had a lot of top 20 finishes in races that had well over 90 children taking part from other Leicester City schools. Well done to everyone involved!

A team made up of year 5 & 6’s went to the annual sports hall athletics competition at Crown Hills where they were all fantastic. We managed to come 5th out of 13 other Leicester City schools which is a great achievement. Well done everyone!

Jun 09

Our boy’s and girl’s cricket teams attended the East Leicester Kwik Cricket competitions at Wyggeston & QE College and both teams were very eager to compete and showcase the skills that they had learnt over the past year or two. Cricket is very popular here at Merrydale with lots of children playing cricket during most lunch times. It has been evident that this practice, along with learning skills through their P.E lessons and after school clubs, has had a positive effect on their cricket and teamwork skills.

The girls were first to attend their competition where they played some great cricket. They have really improved since attending the same competition last year where we finished around half way out of 12 or so schools. They have been getting involved in playing cricket with the boys during lunch times so this has really helped them to develop their cricket skills. They have worked a lot on their bowling technique and it was great to see this area of their game looking good. They won their first 4 games before progressing to the final where they narrowly lost and finished runners-up which was still a great effort!

The boy’s competition took place a few days later at the same venue, although the weather was a lot different to what the girl’s had played in a few days earlier. Luckily for us the event went ahead despite the very wet conditions! Our boys’ team consists of some very eager cricketers who really love watching and playing the sport so they couldn’t wait to get started, even though it was very difficult to play in the rain! The boy’s too won all of their league games before progressing to the semi-final. They managed to win comfortably and gave themselves the chance to defend the trophy for Merrydale after our year 5/6 cricket team won the same competition last year. As you’d expect the final was our tightest game of the day. Both teams could bowl and field really well so the batting scores were not going to be high. After our team posted a reasonable score the opposition were looking strong in bat, consistently scoring runs and making it hard for us to get the all-important wickets, which takes away 5 runs from the batting team’s total score. In the last two overs we finally managed to get three wickets which took 15 runs away from the opposition’s total. This proved the difference with our team finishing just 16 runs ahead of the opposition and securing a second consecutive East Leicester Kwik Cricket title. The team will now go and compete in the Summer Championships at the end of June. Well done to both teams for their excellent performances!

 

 


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May 12

Sport Update

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There is a lot to write about since the last sport update! The children have been very busy attending some fantastic competitions and demonstrating some excellent skills over the last few months! 

We have participated in the cross country qualifier at Knighton Park, where we saw several of our children qualify to represent Leicester City in the cross country county championships. We have seen a big improvement in running this year with the lunch time marathon going a long way to improve the children’s long distance running ability. Hopefully we will continue to see an improvement and be even more ready for next year’s cross country events! Well done to everyone that was involved in the cross country teams.

We attended our first swimming gala this year where several Year 5 children were eager to demonstrate the strokes they had learnt through their swimming lessons at Spence Street. It was a fantastic event and our children thoroughly enjoyed competing against some strong swimmers. We managed to win a few heats on the day and with Year 5 continuing to attend their swimming lessons at Spence Street we are hoping to improve on our performance at next year’s swimming gala.

We participated in two gymnastics competitions this year through DSAT and the Leicester City SSPAN. For the DSAT competition we took a year 5/6 team to compete, and after attending an after school gymnastics club to work on their routines, the team were looking forward to displaying their routines and competing against other children. The team performed brilliantly and showed that they had put in a lot of hard work to remember their routines. For the Leicester City SSPAN competition we took a year 3/4 and 5/6 team to compete against other East Leicester schools. The experience from the previous competition was clearly beneficial as the year 5/6 team performed their routines even better, scoring some great marks. The year 3/4 team, who didn’t have a competition beforehand to practice for the East Leicester competition, performed very well and managed to come in a bronze medal place which was fantastic. Well done to everyone involved in the gymnastics teams this year.

We again attended the Mini Tennis competition at Knighton Tennis Centre where we took two teams to compete against other schools from the East Leicester area. The teams had practised very hard through their Mini Tennis P.E topic and attending an afterschool tennis club. There were some excellent tennis skills displayed, with long rallies and impressive points scored. Both teams performed really well with one team managing to qualify for the finals to be held at the same venue in June. Well done to everyone involved and good luck to those who will play in the finals! 

Two teams from year 3/4 and 5/6 attended the quicksticks Hockey competition at Soar Valley, where they would be competing against other schools from the East Leicester area. Hockey is a very popular sport at Merrydale with children regularly taking part in hockey at our afterschool multi-sports club. The two teams played some fantastic hockey and both managed to achieve 3rd place out of around 10 schools. Well done to everyone that was involved in the hockey teams!  

We also took a Tag Rugby team to participate in the East Leicester tag rugby competition, where they competed against other local schools. There was a slight change this year with the event being held for year 3/4 children rather than the 5/6 children from previous years. We played some great rugby and came around half way out of 10 schools in the final results. It was very pleasing to see the team get better as they day went on, scoring some great tries and making sure they remembered the key areas of rugby from their tag rugby P.E topic. Well done to the children involved!

It is an exciting time of the year with the cricket and athletics competitions just around the corner. We will be concentrating on these sports in P.E and I’m sure our children will be looking forward to demonstrating their skills.

 


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Jan 16

Well done to our boys football team who managed to win their group during the autumn term, with the school receiving a trophy for our cabinet and each player a nice medal to show for their efforts. They will now continue to play at Judgemeadow on Mondays in a new group, hoping to qualify for the finals around Easter time.

The children are still running in large numbers, trying to add to their total for the marathon kids at lunch time, however the weather isn’t helping us at the moment! There has been some great running since October with a lot of children already surpassing the half marathon mark. I’m sure with the same enthusiasm we will see a lot of our children completing a marathon before the end of the school year!

Our sports leaders will again be running different activities at lunch time during the spring term, helping the rest of the school to stay active and participate in structured games. We have come up with an idea of having a school playground workout at lunch time on Thursdays. A few of our sport leaders will be the instructors with hopefully a lot of children (and staff) ready to follow!

The school basketball team competed in a competition at Gateway College last week and they played very well. They demonstrated some great defensive play but unfortunately couldn’t quite score enough baskets at the other end, resulting in having too many draws to make it to the finals. I was impressed with some of their play and they had clearly remembered key skills that they have been taught in P.E. Well done to everyone involved!

Our various teams have quite a few competitions coming up over the next few weeks so I’m sure there will be lots to write about.


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Dec 13

Over the past few weeks our sports leaders have been selected and are now well underway in delivering many different activities during lunch times. 16 children were chosen after submitting their own application for the role. We had so many excellent responses from year 5 and 6 children on why they would be a good sports leader at Merrydale. The 16 children that were eventually chosen attended an afterschool sports leader’s training session so they could learn how to deliver different activities and what makes a good sports leader.

It has been excellent to see the leaders offering structured activities at lunch time and demonstrating the important skills needed for the role. In addition to our marathon kids activity, which has been going so well with many children already hitting the half marathon mark, the leaders will be continuing to deliver activities at lunch times as well as officiating during our intra-sport competitions. Well done to all the leaders, keep up the good work!

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Nov 11

There has been a lot of things going on at Merrydale over the past couple of terms, with our children taking part in many sports competitions and our recently launched Marathon Kids lunch time activity.

This year our football team have continued to take part in the Leicester City Primary Schools Football League on Mondays at Judgemeadow. So far we have completed 3 fixture dates and the team have done brilliantly, unbeaten and top of their league!

Our first sports event of the year was at Knighton Park for a cross country competition. Our long distance running has improved a lot over the last year or so, with many fantastic results for our children at different athletics and cross country competitions. 30 children participated in this event, with many top 15 finishes in races that included over 100 children.

The Sportshall Athletics competition took place at the end of October and our team of 20 children from year 5 & 6 had a fantastic afternoon competing in many different track and field events at Crown Hills. We managed to finish 5th out of 13 schools in East Leicester which was excellent. We are already looking forward to the next athletics competition!

Our school has recently converted to an academy and is now part of the Discovery Schools Academy Trust (DSAT). Over the course of the year the schools that are part of DSAT will get together to participate in many different sports, which means we will be attending even more sports competitions than last year. We have recently competed in 3 different sports against other DSAT schools which has allowed even more children to take part in competitive sport. Our year 5/6 girls football team played brilliantly to come in 1st place in a tournament at Kibworth. Many of the girls had never played in a football team before but they showed some excellent skills. We also took part in a basketball competition at Enderby Leisure centre where many of our team played in a basketball tournament for the very first time. Finally, our year 3/4 boys football team came in 2nd place in a tournament held at Redlands. There were some fantastic goals scored, as well as some superb saves from our goalkeeper! Well done to everyone that has been involved in a sports event so far!

Just before half term we had a guest from Marathon Kids, a running charity whose aim is to get children to run more. A 200 m course was measured on our field and the aim is for the children to run as many marathons as they can over the course of the year. So far year 4 lead the way with a total distance of 449 km completed between them over the past 4 weeks. 11 children in the school have already hit the 10 km mark, well on their way to the required 42 km needed to run a marathon! Keep running everyone!

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Sep 02

This week the children at Merrydale have started their P.E lessons again after returning from their summer holidays. They will be learning many new skills and taking part in different sports across the school year. As it was their first week back I have set year 4, 5 and 6 a task to write a piece on their class blog about what has inspired them after watching the Olympics in Rio. I thought I would share what has inspired me after watching the thousands of athletes taking part in the Olympic Games.

For the last 3 Olympics I have always enjoyed watching the cycling in the velodrome, where most of our gold medals have been achieved over the last 8 years. From Beijing to London to Rio our Team GB cyclists have performed brilliantly and have left the rest of the world staring at the back of their saddles! Before the Olympics in Rio Chris Hoy held the title for the most gold medals won by a Team GB athlete with 6. That has now been equalled by Jason Kenny after he managed to win 3 gold medals in Rio, to add to the 3 golds he won at the Beijing and London games. There are a number of different races in cycling that test the athletes speed, stamina and teamwork. The team sprint and team pursuit races look very complicated with each rider changing position during the race. Team GB looked very efficient as they completed the 3 laps and posted a time of 42.440s in the men’s team sprint. They were up against New Zealand who had also enjoyed some success in the velodrome over the last few years. They posted a time of 42.542s and it is incredible to think that after 4 years of hard work and dedication to their training that the difference between a gold and silver medal is one-hundredth of a second. Laura Trott also made history in the velodrome, becoming the first female athlete to win 4 Olympic gold medals. One of her golds came in the women’s team pursuit which is a much longer race than the team sprint race. The women’s team smashed the world record three times during their qualification and final rounds, eventually beating the United States in the final. After watching Team GB race around the track at lightning speeds it has inspired me to dust down my bike and go for a bike ride.

The children at Merrydale will have their opportunity to participate in a cycling event in March where we may see the future Chris Hoy’s, Jason Kenny’s or Laura Trott’s!

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Sep 02

Welcome Back!

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We have so many exciting sporting events to look forward to again this year! Our children will be participating in many different sports in locations around Leicestershire through our continued involvement in the Leicester City School Sport & Physical Activity Network. Last year was a fantastic year for sport at Merrydale with participation in extra-curricular activities at a new high. We also had a few trophies to add to our cabinet after the tri-golf, boy’s cricket and girl’s football teams managed to win their respective competitions. I hope after the fantastic performance of Team GB at the Rio Olympics that our children have returned to Merrydale inspired to take part and achieve their own sporting goals!

 


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Mar 21

It has been a very busy couple of terms at Merrydale with lots of sporting achievements to write about! Our after school sports clubs have continued to be very popular with lots of children attending our multi-sport, gymnastics, dodgeball and fun fitness clubs. It has been great to see so many children having fun, learning new skills and being active after school.

We have participated in many sports events over the last couple of terms. Two teams made up of year 3/4 and 5/6 children attended the East Leicester gymnastics competition at Moat Community College. They had worked hard on their routines for a number of weeks at our after school gymnastics club to prepare for this event. The year 3/4 team did brilliantly to finish 3rd out of 10 other schools with the year 5/6 team finishing 4th in a very competitive competition.

Our Basketball team played in the finals at Gateway having qualified before Christmas. The standard was very high with some fantastic players on show. We competed well against some excellent teams, winning a couple of matches in the process. Although we didn’t manage to reach the final we definitely improved on our previous matches.

20 children attended the Cross Country County Qualifier at Knighton Park. The conditions were a lot different to our event there in October but our children enjoyed running in the wintry conditions! A number of children finished in the top 20 again which considering the numbers in each race was fantastic. Well done to Kiyrah in year 3 who qualified for the County Championships by coming in the top 12.

A group of children attended a sports festival at Crown Hills where they took part in numerous activities, some of which they had never done before. They all had a great time in a brilliantly run event!

In the last event of the spring term two teams from year 3/4 and 5/6 took part in the quicksticks hockey competition at Soar Valley. Many schools attended the event so both teams got to play many matches. Most of the children who were selected to play had played hockey during our afterschool multi-sports club so this was a great opportunity for them to play competitive games against other schools. Both teams played brilliantly, winning numerous matches and demonstrating important values throughout. The organisers noticed this from our year 5/6 team who won the values award so a huge well done to them! A member of the year 3/4 team also won an award picking up the girls star performer!

At the end of the spring term we have seen an incredible 494 places taken up for extra-curricular activities such as afterschool clubs and events since the start of the school year. A huge well done to everyone who has taken part in these activities, I look forward to seeing this number go up even further in the summer terms!

If you would like to see pictures from all of the events you can find them on our sport page http://merrydalejuniors.com/our-school/sport/merrydale-sport

Mr Lemmon


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Feb 01

We have started our intra-school sport competition with year 3 taking part in a mini tennis tournament. Each class chose two people to represent their class in the individual tournament and after learning tennis over the past few weeks in P.E I was eager to see if the children could take the skills they had been practising into a competitive match.

There were some very tight matches during the tournament with every child playing some impressive forehand and backhand shots which drew a crowd of people to watch the games. Our Sports Ambassadors were on hand to help ensure the tournament ran smoothly and all the matches got played. They kept score and did well being ball boys & girls!

In the end it’s congratulations to 3KB who took the title as their two selected players managed to win the most matches each. They receive 7 points in the first sport tournament of the year with many more to follow. A huge well done to those who played and helped in the running of the tournament. Year 4, 5 and 6 will now compete over the next 2 weeks so I look forward to seeing more great tennis!

In other sport news our football and basketball teams have played their first matches of the new year at Judgemeadow and Gateway College. The standard of play was very high at both but our teams managed to compete with the other schools and with more fixtures coming up over the next month I’m sure we will continue to demonstrate the skills we have shown all year.

We have a busy month ahead with intra-school competitions in other sports and other sports events through our involvement with the Leicester City School Sport & Physical Activity Network. We have the basketball finals, gymnastics and cross country events all to attend within the next month so there will be lots to write about!

Mr Lemmon

 


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