01 Nov 2020
Super Saturday

Following the success of the last half-term's Saturday Sports training and the commitment and enthusiasm shown by pupils, Ashville College has introduced internal House Super Saturdays, to revitalise the spirit of healthy competition while fixtures for our podium sports cannot currently take place.

Dominic Bradburne, Ashville’s Director of Sport, said: “This term is the girls’ Hockey season, however we certainly hope that we will get back to some normality with regards to fixtures in the New Year when our Netball season begins. We also hope we might get some sevens Rugby played later in the Spring term.

“COVID-19 restrictions have meant traditional Saturday fixtures have not been possible during the current term, however we are very proud of the programme Ashville has devised to replace these fixtures.”

During September and October Ashville has brought in year groups in their bubbles for Rugby, girls’ Hockey and mixed Basketball practices following the current NGB guidelines.

These sessions were led by the Heads of the various sports: Miss Laura Thompson for Hockey, Mr Gary Mercer for Rugby, and Mr Voise Winters for Basketball. They were supported by members of the PE/Games department.

Sessions were timetabled so that each year group from Year 7 to Upper Sixth practised a different sport. Thirty-minute gaps The programme worked as follows:

  • 9.00am-10.15am - Year 11, Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth

  • 10.45am-12.00pm - Year 9 and Year 10

  • 12.30pm-1.45pm - Year 7 and Year 8

The 30-minute gaps between sessions, enabled the safe departure and arrival of year groups without bubbles crossing and gave staff time to clean equipment before the next groups arrived.

These Saturday sessions regularly saw over 300 pupils attending, to develop and enhance their individual skills, team structure and fitness. The ability for the College to continue Sports in this way is also due to its excellent facilities, from its 64-acre campus enabling pupils to easily spread out and maintain year group bubbles, to multiple sports pitches that form part of the recently refurbished £3.8m Sports Centre.

After half-term Ashville moves to ‘House Super Saturdays’, with inter-House competitions starting on Saturday 7 November with the following tournaments:

  • Year 7 - Basketball

  • Year 8 - Touch Rugby

  • Year 9 - Hockey

  • Year 11 - Badminton

Whilst representing their competitive House, pupils will still compete in their year group bubbles, so mixed-gender competition will enable Houses to put together full teams for all events.

On the following week Lower and Upper Sixth teams will join in and for the rest of the term the year groups will rotate around the sports, with House Cross Country also planned for early December.

Pupils of all abilities and experience have been encouraged to get involved in representing their House. The results of the competitions will go towards the Rigg Cup, which will be presented to the winning House at the end of the academic year.

The full programme will be published on the Ashville page of the SchoolsSports.com website.