After the madness of last week this week has been a little more serene, however there were still two big events to take part in and plenty of rugby to be played.
On Tuesday we hosted our final Hampton Prep Rugby Festival for the U9 age group. By all accounts these festivals have been received very well by pupils, parents and other schools and I was delighted with the way the boys conducted themselves on Tuesday.
The other schools involved were Surbiton High and The Mall and they were extremely grateful for the chance to play some more C and D team fixtures and the enthusiasm seemed to be consistent across the board.
We weren’t particularly interested in the results of any of the games and every boy left with a certificate but I can tell you that I was extremely impressed with the progress these boys have made. On the C team pitch, which is where I was refereeing, the standard of tackling was particularly impressive.
On Wednesday we had our House Rugby competition. Finally, it felt as though spring had sprung and it was a beautiful afternoon which made for a great afternoon. The competition was fierce as always and the standard of rugby was really impressive across the age groups. What was also really encouraging was the amount of parents that were able to make it to watch and I hope they all appreciated the skill and endeavour that was on show.
The eventual winners were Lancaster House but as always the focus was on participation and enjoyment and I am sure all those who were there can confirm that there was plenty of enjoyment amongst the ranks.
It has been a relatively short term and as a consequence an incredibly busy term but I am confident that plenty of progression has taken place. I believe Wednesday was evidence of that and I am proud of how the games department has catered for all the boys this term and the high quality coaching we provide is advancing all the boys. They are incredibly lucky to receive the opportunities they do. As always your support as parents is very important and I appreciate all the help and encouragement that you provide throughout the season. It is great to see so many of you on the side lines and I hope you are just as entertained by the boys’ performances as we are.
Now we turn our attention to Cricket and hopefully some warmer weather. For the Year 6 boys this signals their final term of sport at this school. I hope they can all take a little time to reflect on the journey they have been on and appreciate the opportunities they get and the joy of playing sport with their friends on a weekly basis. This for me is the real value of sport and one which can all too soon get lost in the midst of ambition and endeavour. So make sure you enjoy it boys because it will be July before you know it.