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Season of Sporting Silverware Marches On

 
There must be something in the Oxted air as the pupils of Hazelwood have enjoyed the most outstanding start to a new sporting calendar with successes in no less than six sporting tournaments.
   
This is not to mention the countless victories in the weekly programme of matches and galas against other local Prep Schools nor the fine performances recorded by the children in the inter-house sporting competitions nor those tournaments where a spirited semi-final performance was not quite enough to secure a route through to the final.   Equally, the U9A hockey team came so close to victory being pipped into second place in the Hawthorn’s tournament courtesy of the woodwork.
   
Whilst some may put it down to the air, Mr Reay, Hazelwood’s Director of Sport, would prefer to accredit this amazing record of achievement to the strength of the partnership which exists between the school’s sports coaches and the pupils and of course the levels of skill which each brings to the weekly training sessions.  Both groups can be relied on to give of their best and the work done to create a GRIT mindset amongst staff and pupils means that, in all aspects of school life (including sporting endeavours), extra layers of energy, resilience and determination are found when individuals dig that little bit deeper.
   

   
The catalogue of sporting success comers at a time when Hazelwood are refreshing its sporting curriculum by introducing football and cricket for the girls and hockey for the boys.  There have been masterclasses held by national sportsmen and women with plans to develop this programme as the year unfolds.  These sessions are designed to inspire the children, develop their skills and to fuel them with sporting ambition. This in turn translates into a more focused performance on the sports field and in the swimming pool.
   
The approach is clearly working with five sixths of the year still to go! The school is hopeful of further successes.  Congratulations, in the meantime, go to the pupils and coaches of the:
   
U13 football team for victories in both the Bedes and Willington tournaments.
U9 football team for sharing the honours in the Yardley Court tournament.
U13 girls Cross Country team for running themselves into the ground and first position in the Hazelwood inter-schools race.
U10B football team for proudly lifting the St Michael’s Plate trophy.
Boys’ cross country team who secured victory in the prestigious Schools at Somerhill competition.
   
A further well done goes to Woody J who earned himself a first place in the Thomas Trophy cross country meet at Sevenoaks.  Woody led the rest of the field from start to finish.

Posted: 30/10/2018 at 30/10/2018 08:53:22
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