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Ghyll Royd School mixed rounders

Triple Trophy Winners!

Ghyll Royd School in Burley in Wharfedale are the School Sports Partnership Final Winners of the Girls and Boys Cricket and Mixed Rounders Trophies.

The school has proven itself once again to be a school of extremely talented children. Pupils in Years 3 to 6 are chosen to take part in school sports teams for regular fixtures, including those organised as part of the School Sports Partnership – a league of 9 primary schools competing in a variety of sports. 

This year Ghyll Royd have broken a school record by winning six out of the nine competitions that they entered! The young athletes have now won the 2017-18 SSP Trophies in U11 Boys Cricket; U11 Girls Cricket; U10 Mixed Rounders; U10 Girls Netball; U10 Mixed Swimming; and finally the U11 Girls Football for the very first time six years after the first Ghyll Royd Girls Football team was formed.

The School Sports Partnership is the creation of Mr Peter Blackwell and volunteers from Ilkley Grammar School. Started over 15 years ago Peter manages the fixtures and pupils from IGS who generously lend their time to help referee and officiate the different games which have provided over 5000 hours of pupil participation this year across all the schools in the Wharfe Valley. It’s a great scheme for older children to learn the rules of a sport and is much appreciated by the many primary school children who get involved every year. Local schoolchildren value getting to meet and compete against other primaries to instil a sense of competition and teamwork.

Due to Ghyll Royd’s smaller classes, each child has regular opportunities to take part in sports teams, improving their ability and their passion for sport. Headteacher Mr David Martin praises the School Sports Partnership. He says: “With our extracurricular clubs, weekly Physical Education lessons and Wednesday Games afternoons, the children have a love of sport and thanks to the work of Mr Peter Blackwell and volunteers from Ilkley Grammar School, the children can enjoy meeting new teams and playing competitively on a weekly basis. We have strong squads in almost every team sport thinkable thanks to our stellar Physical Education teaching but also thanks to regular practice and the brilliant guidance given by the officials during the Partnership matches. The School Sports Partnership is a fantastic scheme run so effectively by Peter and his team and on behalf of Ghyll Royd School’s staff, pupils and parents, I’d like to thank all involved for allowing young children the opportunity to get involved with so many sports.”

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