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Nottingham school pupils come face to face with Leicester Tigers

It was heads down and ready for action when pupils from three Nottingham schools came head to head with the Leicester Tigers at a special rugby coaching day.

Year 7 and 8 students from Rushcliffe School, Farnborough Academy and Arnold Hill Academy were thrilled to spend a day being taught by coaches from the Premiership rugby club.

The Trent Academies Group, which runs the schools, organised the day so its young sports enthusiasts could not only discover more about rugby but also benefit from a different type of learning experience outside the classroom.

Phil Crompton, CEO of the Trent Academies Group, said: “It’s great to see nearly 100 boys and girls from across our three schools coming together to hone their rugby skills with top coaches from Leicester Tigers. An experience like this not only helps to make them better rugby players but it also increases their confidence and teaches them how important it is in life to set high standards for themselves.”

During the day, the students were coached in different rugby techniques and taught about the principles of the game. It culminated in a rugby festival where the three schools played against each other.

Juan Gonzalez Mendia, community manager at Leicester Tigers, said: “On the field we teach them how to resolve different problem scenarios and basic motor skills. In the workshops they learn about the values of the game such as respect, teamwork, discipline, and resilience. We hope they will come away wanting to join a rugby club and take on rugby for life. But the main idea is for them to learn in a different way. They can apply the problem-solving skills and core values of the game to anything in life.”

Pupils were buzzing about the opportunity. Cole Healey, aged 13, from The Farnborough Academy, said: “It’s really exciting. We’re learning about so many different things – what to do if you’re injured, how to teach other kids rugby and what sort of diet you need to play the game....lots of protein and carbs!”

Khalid Manful, aged 12, also from Farnborough, said “They’ve been talking to us about behaviour and acting appropriately – things like teamwork, not using rude words and always trying our best. If I’m feeling stressed in future I will focus, listen and remember what they’ve been teaching us.”

Cole and Khalid were both recently selected to take part in Nottingham City school rugby trials and if successful will represent the county.

Steven Wildman, aged 12, from Rushcliffe School, who plays for Nottingham Moderns, loved the on field coaching: “It’s so much fun. It’s taught me lots about spatial awareness and running with the ball. It’s great being taught by real Tigers coaches.”

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Sports Awards Evening

Congratulations to all our students who received awards at the Annual Nottingham City Secondary Schools Sports Awards Evening which celebrated the outstanding achievements of schools and individual students during the last school year. Excellent work, we are proud of you!

sports award

Yr 10/11 Boys Development Basketball
Yr 7/8 Girls Table Tennis: Leah Green
Yr 7-8 and Yr 9/10 Boys Table Tennis: Jamie Lawson
Yr 9-10 Table Tennis Team: Jamie Lawson, Liam Bramley, Dominic Lambert

Excellence  - Jamie Lawson
Leadership - Marcus Lees
Leadership - Hope Swann
Participation - Talulla Panayi
Participation - Megan Brown

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Jermaine Jenas Presents.....

“Pupils’ Oscars” to Clifton Schoolchildren


The new “Clifton Awards” was organized by The Trent Academies Group in partnership with Jermaine’s company, Aquinas Education, to celebrate the achievements of young people in the area.

Clifton is where Match of the Day pundit and former England player Jermaine grew up.

Teachers at the Farnborough Academy and 5 Clifton primaries nominated pupils to receive awards in 3 categories: academic, sport and performing arts. A boy and girl winner from each year between years 5 and 8 was announced in each category as well as overall winners.

Hundreds of parents attended the ceremony to see the 9-13 year olds presented with medals and certificates by Jermaine and Ms Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. The overall winner in each category also received a trophy.

Jermaine said: “There are great things happening in Clifton now. Since the Trent Academies Group became involved at Farnborough, the school has been going from strength to strength and creating strong links with its feeder schools. The future is bright for pupils in Clifton. With this event we wanted to recognize their amazing potential and encourage them to aim high.”

Phil Crompton, CEO of the Trent Academies Group, said: “Getting a high profile award at this age can have a huge impact on a child. It can form one of their most special memories and help to shape the person they will become. The awards have created some real feel good factor in Clifton, and shown its young people if they work hard and always try their best they can achieve their dreams.”

Evie Booth aged 11 was the overall winner of the Girls’academic award.

She said: “ I am so pleased. I hope I’ve made my mum and dad proud “


Klaudio Marqeshi aged 12 was the overall winner of the performance category for Y7 Boys. He said “ I feel inspired. It’s great to be told you’ve dome something well.”

The award ceremony, which took place at The Farnborough Academy, was hosted by its headteacher, Ben Chaloner.

He said: “ What a night. Jermaine started the evening by saying how proud he was to be a “ Cliftoner” and that struck a chord. And the fact that Lilian managed to join us despite a lot of reasons why she really couldn’t said a lot too. A great night for Clifton. So much talent in the area.They can do great things.

City Table Tennis

City Table TennisThe Farnborough Academy have dominated the 2015-2016 City Schools Table Competition Circuit. Our players have collected an impressive four gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze medal. We are particularly delighted with our Year 9-11 Team Gold Medal in January – a well deserved achievement for Jamie Lawson, Liam Bramley and Dominic Lambert.

The season ended on the 11th February with the Nottinghamshire English Schools Table Tennis Association Competition. All the top table tennis players in the county gathered to compete for a place in the National Finals. Jessica Widdowson took up the challenge and played her best table tennis to date gaining bronze and an excellent GCSE practical assessment under immense pressure – well done! Liam Bramley rose to the challenge playing some superb shots, raising the bar for his own play – he then took on the challenge of umpiring the intense final . Dominic Lambert showed magnificent focus, superb in defence with some well selected attacking shots. Jamie Lawson completely overshot his goal for the competition making his way with awesome play and hard work through to the final. Here he took on our Nationally ranked number 6 player and we all watched with extreme pride as he took Silver medal and seven points– a magnificent achievement!

Mrs Straker said "it has been a privilege to work with all our players this season because they put in such a huge amount of effort into their training always supporting and inspiring each other. Thank you to you all for shining so very brightly - you know who you are!!".