I am really proud of all of our students and their coaches for launching back into the extensive Millfield Virtual Sport Programme to encourage all students to exercise and become engaged during lockdown. This is a diverse programme of opportunities for every student to keep everyone active, well, and engaged with their friends through sport. There is a weekly health and wellbeing programme covering all aspects of health and fitness; we have some ‘off field’ educational sessions to help individuals become a student of their sport and off field skills like nutrition and cooking skills; there will also be some technical and skill-based sessions in each specific sport. All coaches are seeking regular feedback from students to get the balance right in the virtual world so if you have any direct feedback, please get in contact.
Thank you again to everyone for your resilience and curiosity to learn in a different way during this time of unsettled training.
Dr Scott Drawer, Millfield Director of Sport
In Athletics, Olympian and former Millfield Head Girl, Jazmin Sawyers, spoke to students via Zoom about her experiences, the benefits of a Millfield education and the challenges and life advice of a professional athlete. These topics gave the group a huge insight into life as an elite athlete as well as experience and advice of being a dual career athlete with both education and elite sport in mind. Students also spoke to Olympian and Millfield PE teacher, Gary Jennings, who attended the 1991 European Junior Champs, two World Championships (1995 and 1997), The Olympic Games in 1996 and Commonwealth Games in 1998.
In Dance, 18 students took part in a rare 2-hour workshop with one of the UK’s most successful dance companies, Matthew Bourne's ‘New Adventures’ Dance Company. Matthew Bourne's company is known for modern adaptations of Swan Lake, including an all-male cast, as well versions of Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
In Equestrian, the latest group riding session was led by Upper Sixth Riding Captain via Microsoft Teams, Caitlin Clancy, who prepared a great presentation illustrating her experience as an international-level competitive dressage rider whilst juggling her training and competing with her academic commitments.
In Football, Director of Football, Darren Robinson and 1st XI coach, Scott Laird were delighted to interview Ian Holloway, ex- professional player and football club manager (Blackpool, QPR & Plymouth) via Zoom this month. The discussion covered many stories of Ian’s career to date, through adversity and triumph, and he gave honest advice to aspiring footballers in reply to their many questions, throughout the webinar. Students have been taking part in a busy weekly programme including the preparation and delivery to 220 boys and girls.
In Golf, Millfield golfers are engaging heavily with their 1:1 and group online sessions throughout the week, including filming swing videos despite challenges with space. Students are focused, determined, having fun and thinking outside the box to continue their development.
In Hockey, Upper Sixth hockey player Kitty Chapple has been selected for the Great Britain Elite Development Programme as the only schoolgirl in the squad. Kitty becomes the third Millfield student in recent years to be selected for the programme whilst still at school. Read more.
Hockey students also spoke to Ian Sloan who is a current GB hockey player about his journey from Northern Ireland to the England and GB side. They will also have the chance to speak to England Hockey player Ellie Rayer next week. The students are also taking part in a 5km running competition.
In Netball, students have been taking part in a national online school lockdown netball competition, as well as live group and squad sessions, remote technical sessions, video analysis and strength and conditioning. Millfield Director of Netball Jenna Adamson also took part in a special coaching webinar alongside her role as Assistant Coach with Wales Netball.
In Rugby, Millfield Rugby have created a video summarising their remote training programme so far. View the video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKWQzFdpe5-/
In Strength and Conditioning, Millfield’s active staff including Graham Williams, Alan Richardson, Aaron Ryan, Rhian Fox, Dan Waddingham and Zach Harrop have been delivering weekly Fitness Club sessions for both students and staff engagement.
In swimming, Upper Sixth swimmer Tatiana Tostevin won the ‘Young Sportsperson of the Year’ award at the Sports Commission Awards in Guernsey. She was nominated as a result of her performance in Lisbon last February and two new Island records.
In Tennis, Millfield Sport is delighted to welcome Alexandra Walker, former WTA tennis professional, as our new Director of Tennis. Alexandra joins us from Team Bath and is looking to further build upon the strong foundations already in place to create a world-class training environment in which students can achieve excellence both within their tennis and their academics.