Another busy half term of extra-curricular sport at Grange Park.
Don’t forget our after school clubs are now live to book on. Last half term the after school girls football club and gymnastics clubs were full, so please book on as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We still had spaces available on the crossbar coaching after school boy’s football clubs but with the weather improving, we anticipate these will fill this half term as well.
The half term started with the arrival of our brand new Year 3/4 girl’s football kit that had kindly been donated by Richard Smith from Amazing ICT. We can’t thank Mr Smith enough for his generosity and we absolutely love the new kit.
Our new kit arrived just in time to be worn for the Year 3/4 girl’s first football match of 2020. The girls amazing performance matched their amazing new kit and the girls won the game 11-5 against Newdale Primary School on the 3G pitch.
It was then our Year 5/6 girls turn to play Newdale Primary School. The conditions were absolutely horrendous but that’s the bonus of having our own 3G pitch. We would have had some very disappointed girls if the game had been called off. The passing and movement on such a tight pitch was superb throughout the game and it was a great end to end match with both GK’s making fantastic saves. The girls had to battle hard for this victory.
Next up, 4 children travelled to Wrekin College to take part in the T&W Archery Competition. This was the first time the team had taken part in this type of competition but they all performed amazingly. They improved throughout the event and all had a great afternoon.
8 KS1 children had a fantastic morning at the T&W and Shropshire Cricket Board Festival. The team won 2 matches and narrowly lost the 3rd match by only 5 runs. A fantastic first experience of cricket for our children and they all had a brilliant time scoring lots of runs.
For the 3rd time in 2 weeks, we had another football fixture against Newdale Primary School. It was an absolute goal fest with our Year 4 team coming back from being 7-8 down at half time to win the match 14-8. To keep a clean sheet for a whole half on the 3G pitch is outstanding.
We arranged a friendly football match for our Year 5/6 girls to play against Sir Alexander Fleming. This was the first time some of the girls had ever played in a competitive football match but they took everything they have been learning at the after school club into the match and they won 5-1. The team grew in confidence as the game went on and fully deserved their victory.
Our 4th and final friendly against Newdale Primary School was a Year 2 football match. It was a great end to end game with our boys coming back from being 0-2 down to leading 3-2 at half time. The game eventually finished 6-8 to our opponents but it could have gone either way. We luck forward to the next KS1 match. We’d like to thank Newdale Primary School for traveling to Grange Park for the 4 fixtures.
The Year 3/4 girls were back in action and were back on the field for this fixture. The girls won 7-1 against a very good Apley Wood team. The game was a lot closer than the score line suggests but our girls defended amazingly to only concede 1 goal.
Despite the boggy conditions, our two orienteering teams performed brilliantly at the T&W Orienteering competition at Chetwynd Deer Park. Team 1 finished in 51:19 and Team 2 finished in 52:18. These times were just outside the times needed to qualify to the school games county finals. This was the first time these children had done orienteering and despite being nervous to start with, they absolutely love it.
Our Year 5/6 girl’s football team had to travel to Shrewsbury to play their semi-final round of the Shropshire County Cup. The girls were on fire winning 4 matches, drawing 1 and not having a single shot against them in all 5 fixtures. They have now qualified to the final that is to be played at the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium (Home of Shrewsbury Town FC) in May.
This half term also saw us enter both the boys and girls Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League Primary Stars football tournaments. The boys were drawn in the group of death against some of the best teams in Telford and Wolverhampton. Despite leading twice, the boys drew their first game 2-2 but then put in a fantastic performance to win 3-0 in their second game. We then drew our next two matches which meant we had to beat Priorslee in the final fixture to qualify to the knockout stages. Unfortunately we lost 2-0 to the eventual tournament winners Priorslee. The girls team finished 2nd in their group to qualify to the knockout stages and went on to win their quarter final 4-0. This then set up another fixture against Redhill Primary School. Our girls were 1-0 up but got pegged back straight after half time and the game finished 1-1. The game then went to extra time and a wind assisted goal kick bounced over our goalkeepers head and into the back of the net which meant we lost 1-2. Very proud of both teams and the effort they put in against some of the best school teams in the Midlands.
It was now the turn of our sportability dodgeball team to take on the competition from T&W. The team went unbeaten in their league, winning 5 and drawing 1 match. This was good enough to qualify for the final where they went on to win 17-5. They have now qualified to the next stage that will be played at a later date.
This half term we also took 4 very excited KS1 children to take part in the T&W and Gymfinity Gymnastics Festival at Telford Langley School. They all had a fantastic time and learnt lots of new skills.
Next up we took 8 Year 6 children to participate in the T&W and Abraham Darby Tag Rugby Tournament. This was the first time since September that our children had played Tag Rugby but they blew our socks off and finished 3rd out of 21 teams. They went unbeaten in their 6 group matches before losing to a very good Old Park team in the semi-final. They then beat Redhill Primary School 7-4 in the 3rd/4th playoff to win their medals.
This week we were invited by AFC Telford (as former winners) to represent them in the U11 boys and U11 girls National League Trust Midlands Stage Tournament. Our boys’ team won 3 and lost 3 matches but Mr Thorpe said the boys were in with a chance of winning every match and with a bit of luck here and there, the results could have gone our way. The opposition were extremely good but our boys did themselves, Grange Park and Telford United proud. With only 2 year 6’s in the boys team, the futures bright for football at Grange Park. The girls won 4 and drew 1 match in their group to qualify to the final. They were faced up against the team they had previously drawn with in the league and the final was as tight as the first time the teams met. It took an outrageously good left footed volley from a corner to break the deadlock and our girls didn’t look back after scoring and went on to win 2-0. This means the girls have now qualified to the National finals, where the winning team will get the opportunity to play at Wembley. Good luck in the next stage girls.
The last extra-curricular activity of the half term was our Year 3/4 girl’s semi-final match against Hollinswood on the Grange Park Wembley Pitch yesterday. The game started off tight but once our girls scored the first goal, the floodgates opened and the girls went on to win 7-0. They have now qualified to the T&W Cup final to be played at the Bucks Head Stadium in May. An amazing achievement for a team that has only been playing together this year.
The diary is already filling up next half term with events such as: U9 Boys County Cup, U9 Girls and U10 Girls County Cup, ESFA Regional Finals, Gymnastics Events, Football Festivals, Dance Festivals, Year 6 Hockey Tournament, Cross Country, School Games County Finals and we also have a very special appearance at Grange Park on Tuesday 31st March.
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