Last week saw the first tournament for Nidderdale’s new invitation club (held on a Wednesday lunch time). The invitational club has been set up to provide students who don’t have access to mainstream sport, the opportunity to sample extra curricular sport and fixtures. Over the past couple of weeks the students at this club have been practising their sitting volleyball skills with Mr Biggs in the build up to the tournament that was held at St John Fishers in Harrogate.
Out of all the schools in the Harrogate and district sports partnership, Nidderdale High School were the only team who entered an eligible team as the requirement needed at least 2 SEN students playing at all times (showing once again the great opportunities available at the school). As a result the tournament was run as a training session with a mixed game at the end. Nevertheless the students involved had a great afternoon out, competing at another high school and progressing their knowledge and skills a huge amount. A thank you is also needed to Mrs Blunstone who came along to support the students.
A massive well done to all involved and in the future Nidderdale will be looking to create more of these opportunities so that everyone has access to sport!
Team: Kai, Toby, Jamie, Dominic, Jack, Hannah, Natasha, Emily
On Tuesday Nidderdale’s young leaders hosted local primary schools in a hockey tournament. It was a beautiful day with a number of parent spectators in attendance and a really great tournament. The young leaders took up the roles of referees, timekeepers and score keepers as well as providing support for the younger children. Well done to all involved!
The Extra-curricular timetable has been updated this term with a few changes. Due to the great attendance of Badminton and Dodgeball these clubs will be continued for another term. New clubs that have been included this term are Girls Football, which will be held after school on Thursday, and year 7 & 8 Rugby is back on Monday lunchtimes. There will also be a swimming club on Tuesday lunchtimes which is particularly relevant for years 7 & 8 who can get some last minute practice in before their Swimming Gala on the 1st of April.
On Wednesday 5th of March the year 7 Football team travelled to take part in a 7 aside tournament at King James in Knaresborough. This was the first competition of the year for the year 7 team and was a fantastic learning curve for everyone involved. The Nidderdale team were drawn against some big opposition from St. Aiden’s A team, King James and St John Fisher. The Nidderdale team battled hard in every game and only narrowly lost out 1-0 in three of their 4 matches. A superb competitive attitude was shown by the whole team and I believe with some more work and experience playing together we will have a strong team! The team consisted of Josh M, Lukas H, Connor D, William B, Joshua A, Daniel H, Jack K.
The year 10 Football team travelled to Outwood Academy in Ripon on Tuesday in a preparation match for the cup game which will be played later this month. The Nidderdale team started strongly with some great running from Niall and a dangerous looking Alex up front. The Nidderdale team looked the most threatening throughout the first half, hitting the woodwork twice. However, early in the second half the Nidderdale team gave away a penalty and soon found themselves with a lot to do. The game continued with some end to end football but Ripon again capitalised with two further headed goals from set pieces. Although the 3-0 score line was not flattering to the Nidderdale team, there were some great individual performances and some key areas highlighted which will be worked on before the next match.
On Tuesday the year 8’s were involved in their first rugby fixture as Nidderdale went on the road to Ripon Outwood (the first in what is a busy couple of weeks against each other in various sports and age groups). The game came about as a result of a fantastic attitude from the boys who have continued to turn up to practice every week!
There was a feast of tries and points in the game which was started from a powerful break from Neil Marsden who scored under the posts with only 2 minutes on the clock. Jack Mallinson converted the kick to give Nidd a 7-0 lead. The game was very physical with lots of powerful running from both sides. Although Nidderdale went into the break 24-14 down another highlight was a great try from Jack Mallinson which he again converted.
Nidderdale started the second half brightly taking on all the half time information and for effort alone the boys could not be faulted. Nidderdale went into a 35-31 point lead thanks to second tries from Neil Marsden and Jack Mallinson and a 5th from Joe Fearnley (all converted). However in the last 5 mins fatigue could be seen to have set in and after a couple of heavy hits and good breaks from the hosts the final score ended up Ripon Outwood 45-35 Nidderdale.
Fantastic game of rugby and brilliant effort from the boys. A rugby club coach was at the game and enquired about a number of the Nidderdale boys just showing the quality if their play during the game. A really good start and something to build on!