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High School Sport: KS3 working towards their fitness challenge

A reminder of the training schedule for this term along with some match dates for your diaries.  KS3 will be working towards their fitness challenge at the end of this term.

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Training

Please note that all ball sports training has started and that for Football and Basketball, players in Y8 and Y10 should be moving up to train with their next age category, if possible.

Every term, there are players who are confused about whether or not there is training in the first week - please note that we always plan to train from the very first day and try to train until the very end. Our Sports Programme training doesn’t follow the ECA schedule.

There are some exceptions to this - swimming, for example - but all of our other major sports (football, basketball, tennis) and our minor sports (badminton, rugby, athletics) train from Day 1, unless we notify students otherwise.

Flames Basketball Academy and Saturday Club started last  Saturday, 28 April. All Flames squad members are expected to attend the Saturday programme.

Games this week

We have some scheduled games this week:

  • U13G & U15B Development Basketball v SISB
  • U15B Development Football v Prep

Part of our plans this year have been to provide more opportunities for more of our students, and it's great to have 3 games this week for development players only.

We are always looking for games and responding to calls from other schools, but it isn’t always possible to find games for all ages across all sports. However, as I’m sure you’ll see from our busy schedule, we do our best to involve as many STA students in competitive sport as we can.

Fitness Challenge

We’ll continue to challenge our KS3 students to think about their fitness and developing a healthy, active lifestyle. At the end of this term, they will have a last chance to try to complete the challenge, which is to run 1,500m non-stop. They may tackle this challenge at their own speed - there is no time limit, and no medals for winning!

Our target is for everyone in Year 9 to finish successfully. Y8 and Y7 have a lower target, as they work towards their Y9 challenge.

We know that not everyone is suited to or enjoys running. However, in school, there is a limit placed on our ability to get everyone together doing some low-intensity cardiovascular work and running allows us to achieve this. The students will spend no more than 10 minutes doing this low-intensity exercise, and given we should all be doing about 30 minutes a day, I hope that our challenge is a small step in the right direction.

If you’d like to discuss how to get your child more active and fit, please feel free to contact Mr. Ollie.

Flames on Facebook

Just a reminder to join our STA Flames and Marlins Group on Facebook, as we’d like to use this to keep everyone updated on games, training etc. We know that not everyone is a Facebook user, but we would recommend joining the group even if you don’t use Facebook for any other reason.

It’s a very convenient way for us to reach out and share information from wherever we are. We’re also on Instagram and continue to use our St Andrews Facebook page to post photos of our amazing Flames and Marlins in action.