Sport Round Up - October 2020

Millfield Sport welcomed new coaches in dance, hockey, equestrian and netball and six sports interns across athletic development, football, physio and rugby this year.

We also had 60 parents attend our first 'Parents in Sport' Webinar, exploring the impact of lockdown on students’ connection with sport, what we learnt from how we design sport programmes and what we’ll carry forward for our programmes in the future. The next session on ‘Positive Parenting’ is on 10 November with special guests Richard Shorter (Nonperfect Dad) and Katie Warriner (Sports Psychologist) alongside a selection of Heads of Sport.

The first batch of our new sports kit has been distributed to students and staff. The kit has been well received and a bigger product range will be available in the shop shortly. We look forward to seeing everyone in the new kit for the start of September 2021.

Director of Sport, Dr Scott Drawer


Sport Round Up

Millfield’s Director of Sport Dr Scott Drawer contributed to an interesting article on the links between sport and wellbeing during lockdown. Read more.

In Cricket, Former England Cricket Captain Michael Vaughan visited the students and coaches giving his world class expertise this half term.

OM David Hemp has been appointed as Pakistan Women’s National Cricket Coach.

In the Duke of Edinburgh’s award, four teams of Year 11 students have completed their Silver expeditions. Teams of students also qualified for their Bronze awards.

Team of students completing their Duke of Edinburgh expedition

In Equestrian, Tara and Maddie put in a truly commendable performance at Cherwell Riding Centre with 2 double clear and 2 high placings.

In Golf, Freddie, Dewi and Stanley have all been selected for the Somerset Boys' U18 squad for this coming season.

Year 11 Golf Student Freddie Turnell playing on campus

Jo has been rewarded for her continued hard work, focus and determination to succeed. She has reduced her handicap to 8 and has been selected to join the Somerset Ladies' Golf squad, taking part in her first team match this past half term. Her sister Alex also won the 2020 Royal Wimbledon Junior Knock-out Championship.

In Hockey, the girls’ first team welcomed local school King’s College Taunton for their first EH T1 League match, which was a well spirited game with goals from both sides. Well done to Cerys, Harri, Flora and Clarissa who scored some excellent goals.

In Netball, a record number of students have been accepted for the Team Bath Academy Development Centre. Congratulations to Olivia, Ella, Catrin, Isla, Maisie, Sasha, Fleur, Bella, Sophie, Rosa, Maddie, Izzy, Isabella, Fechi and Sarah.

In Rugby, Millfield have adapted to the new COVID-19 rugby regulations, with over 200 boys' taking part in the Ready4Rugby Touch series each Saturday of term. The competition has been enjoyed by all and the super-series winners will be decided after the final round.

Ciaran and Sam have been selected for the south training squad for England U18s, and will attend a one day training camp this half term.

OM Callum Sheedy has been selected for the Welsh Rugby Union training squad after outstanding performances for Bristol Bears.

OM and Bath Rugby back row player Tom Ellis has begun a series of coaching sessions supporting young Millfield Rugby players. Tom has joined a number of current pupils on Microsoft Teams to pass on lessons from his experiences in the professional game. Video analysis and coaching sessions with Tom will form part of an exciting opportunity provided by stage D of the 'Return to Rugby' road map.

In Skiing, George has been selected by GB Snowsport to join the British Children’s Squad for the 2020-21 season, which includes 16 English athletes – nine girls and seven boys, across the U16 and U14 categories.

In Squash, OMs Mohamed and Marwan ElShorbagy are on top form winning the Manchester Open and World Tour Finals, respectively.

In Swimming, lifeguards and swimming coaches have been able to continue training at our Olympic-sized swimming pool on campus, giving students and coaches alike the opportunity to continue their training. Read more.

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