Physical Education Updates


Finlay Matthews

Following last years Silver Medal position at the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics National Finals competition, Finlay Matthews was again selected to represent the East Midlands region in the 2017 National Finals held in Birmingham on the 4th November 2017. Competing over 6 pieces of apparatus – Floor, Pommel, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and High Bar – Finlay finished in Gold Medal position, becoming the 2017 National Champion for his category. The East Midlands region also took Bronze Medal position in the competition.

Finlay has now been invited to attend a four day training camp at Lilleshall National Sports Centre to train with the National Coaches to further his experience and opportunities in the sport.

Finlay currently trains at Retford Gymnastics Club and has competed and won medals in several regional competitions, the London Open and Pipers Vale Challenge and Cup competitions while representing the Club.

Grace Woolley
Grace represented Valley at the East Midlands Schools Championships. There were 35 competitors in her intermediate group from across years 7, 8 and 9! Needless to say she didn’t think she would do very well being one of the youngest in the group but she bounced her routines really well and was amazed to find out that she had won! Outwood Academy Valley are now the year 7-9 intermediate school champions! Congratulations Grace!

Grace represented Outwood on the 21st January 2019 at the zonal stage of the trampolining competition. She had a very tough group (33 competitors although some were teams) against a lot of year 9 girls. She bounced her routines brilliantly and was amazed to find out that she finished in 4th position. Everyone is very proud of this achievement!

Sports Awards 2017

The winner is of the 2017 Male Sports Personality of the year is James Revill. He is the ISKA US Open Champion, Revolution English Champion and has won 9 golds, 3 silvers and 6 bronze medals in competitions this year alone.

The winner of the 2017 Female Sports Personality of the year is Hollie Pech. Hollie is the 2017 National trampolining champion, came 2nd in the British School’s Championships and was ranked 4th at the English Championships at the EIS in October.


2018 OGAT Games
On Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 30 Valley Students represented the Academy at the OGAT games at the John Charles Stadium for Sport in Leeds. The games involved all the schools with in the Trust and Valley students performed fantastically. Highlights from the day included first place finishes for:

ZP – 200m
GC – 800m
ML – Javelin
JW – Javelin
JN – 80m

Notts Schools Cross Country League – Saturday 7th October 2018
Many congratulations to our students on their outstanding effort in the first of the Notts Schools Cross Country league races this weekend. They each gave up their Saturday morning to represent the Academy at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield and completed a challenging course in tough conditions!