Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Whitley triumphant again at RSA Academies' Sports Day

On Monday 12th June, all the schools from the RSA Family of Academies came together to compete for the "RSA Academies’ Sports Day" title, held annually at Whitley Academy. 

The Rounders competition kicked off first, with each school in each year group playing each other. After some very competitive games and brilliant striking and fielding, Ipsley Academy and RSA Academy Arrow Vale went into lunch with a slight lead to take into the afternoon’s athletics. 

The pupils enjoyed a quick lunch, and came out eager to start their field and track events. There were some fantastic head to head finishes in the Year 7 Girls 200m, with Ipsley Academy just pipping Holyhead School on the line. Things were different in the Year 8 event, as Holyhead School took maximum points with a finish of 36.4 seconds.

In the Year 8 Girls 100m event, Holyhead finished on 15.70 seconds, with Ipsley just 0.10 seconds behind with a finish of 15.80 seconds.

In the Boys’ events, a stand out performance came from Whitley’s Sam Rodber, with the fastest overall 100m in the Year 8 race of 12.70 seconds, a new Sports Day record. 

The Year 9 Boys’ 800m race was fiercely contested, with only 9 seconds between first and last. 

The relays finished the athletics off, with Holyhead winning in Year 7, and Whitley in Years 8 and 9, setting a new RSA Academies' Sports Day record of 56.3 seconds in Year 8. In the Girls’ relay, Whitley won in Years 7 and 8, with RSA Academy winning in Year 9.

The day finished with the most eagerly awaited event, the ‘Tug of War’. Pupils loved the physical challenge of this event, and with spirits high, all the teams started with high hopes as double points were on offer. 

The Year 7s started with Whitley winning all three bouts to take top spot, followed by Holyhead School and Ipsley Academy. In the Year 8 contest, it was extremely close, as Ipsley dominated and won all three to share overall lead with Whitley. In Year 9 Whitley dominated, winning all three bouts to take first place.

Overall the day was a success with a great competitive atmosphere between the RSA Academies. Whitley won each year group and retained the title to win the RSA Academies’ Sports Day title for the third year running!

Big congratulations to all the pupils that took part, and thanks to the staff that made the event possible.