With assistance from The Big Lottery Fund, the new academic year brought a new addition to the PE department at Outwood Academy Valley with the unveiling of their new climbing wall and traverse wall.
It has already proved a huge hit with students and staff alike! The wall will be incorporated into the KS3 curriculum and will allow students to be assessed in GCSE PE.
A new enrichment will also allow students to hone their climbing skills after school as well.
On Wednesday 2nd November the PE department hosted its annual Sports Awards Evening. Our special guest was ex pupil and table tennis ace Sam Walker. Sam, who currently plays professional table tennis in Germany, is a World Champion and Commonwealth Games medallist. He was also selected to represent Great Britain in Rio 2016, and did so with great pride.
It was a memorable evening, where we were able to celebrate some outstanding individual achievements, as well as team successes and also find out little bit more about the highlights of Sam’s career and his ambitions for the future, which he was keen to share with everyone.
The top individual awards went to Emily Race and Nathan Langley, who were awarded Sports Personalities of the Year, notably for their outstanding achievements in athletics. Other individual awards included Paris Slater(kick boxing), Olivia Brooks (ice hockey), Winnie Tai(effort/attainment), Ellie Simmonite (swimming), Olivia Marrow, Mason Rubie, Josh Chapman (football), Tom McIntosh (table tennis), Lily Allison-Edwards (cricket), Savannah Storey, Tom Bradley, Caitlin Bartrop (athletics/cross country), Pippa Chalmers (gymnastics).
The KS4 boys Badminton team who finished 8th at the National Championships this year, received the Team Award.
There were also awards for Pete Fendley from Worksop Harriers, who freely gives up time each week to coach our talented athletes. Tyler Machin was recognised for his help in officiating various football fixtures. Hanna Cave received the Sports Leader of the year trophy.
Thanks to all staff, parents and students who helped make the evening a great success.