On the 9Th June 2015, Whitley Academy hosted the first RSA Academies Sports Day for all the schools within the Family of RSA Academies. On the day, Whitley Academy, Holyhead School, RSA Academy Arrow Vale, Ipsley Academy, and RSA Academy all turned up with full squads, ready and raring to go for a fun, competitive, and action packed day.
After a quick introduction and explanation of the prizes and records on offer, all the schools made their way out on to the Whitley Academy playing field to start the rounders tournament. Each year groups (Year 7, 8 and 9) had their own tournament, with each school playing each other with 24 good balls to a game. In the Year 7 tournament, there were some very close games, but Ipsley Academy came out on top. In Year 8 and 9, Whitley Academy won, with Ipsley Academy pushing them in Year 8, and RSA Academy in Year 9.
The Family of Academies then returned to the Sports Hall for lunch and refreshments, with pupils enjoying the chance to socialise along with the staff.
After lunch, the athletics started in a competitive nature, with the boys taking to the track, and girls to the field. There were plenty of excellent individual performances for Ipsley Academy and RSA Academy, but overall, Holyhead School seemed to dominate the sprinting events. The boys and girls then swapped over and the atmosphere and competitive nature of the event really came out, as the pupils and staff realised it was going to be a tight race to the RSA Academies Sports Day Shield!
The final event was the long awaited ‘Tug of War’. The boys and girls from each school joined forces in each year group to show their strength and determination. In the Year 7 event, Ipsley Academy proved too strong for the rest, and romped home with the win overall, closely followed by RSA Academy. In Year 8, RSA Academy showed the most might, with Whitley Academy coming in a close second. With the score tight, and the last chance to win points for their school, the Year 9’s did battle. After a hard fought and very tight run of fixtures, Whitley Academy won overall with RSA Academy following in second place.
As the day came to a close, the scores were calculated up. Overall winners of first RSA Academies Sports Day were Whitey Academy (255 points), followed closely by RSA Academy Arrow Vale and Ipsley Academy (250 points). In third place were Holyhead School (203 points), and trailing by only 1 point was RSA Academy (202 points).
Along with overall winners, there were year group medals available. Year 7 winners were an impressive Ipsley Academy (86 points), Year 8 winners were Whitley Academy (87 points), and Year 9 winners were Whitley Academy (85 points), by a small margin of 4 points.
Whitley Academy would like to thank all the staff and pupils that were involved. We would also like to extend a special well done to the participants who showed great attitude, determination and sportsmanship throughout the day.
Records have now been set, medals given out, and the RSA Sports Day Shield has been sent to get engraved. Onwards and upwards for next year, as the RSA Family of Academies celebrates its current and future sports stars!