Performance & Excellence. Participation & Enjoyment
APS Sports Review of the Year 2013 - 2014
Another great year of spot at APS started as usual with a busy schedule of football matches clubs and practices getting quickly into full swing. Within five weeks of the start of the school year all boys in years 4, 5, and 6 had already played for the school at football and two Year2/Year 3 squads had enjoyed the chance to play at Manchester City's Academy in a fun festival in which they won most of their games.
The Year 5 boys enjoyed spending Wednesday lunchtimes playing golf on the practice areas at Ringway Golf Club and almost every day after school the Marlborough Road pitch was full of boys from Years 3-6 playing football and rugby in their inclusive year group clubs. The Monday and Tuesday lunchtime cross country clubs, open to all boys was soon paying dividends as APS won at the Saturday morning Altrincham and District Schools Cross Country League first meeting with Harry and Jonny (Y6) finishing first and second. All Marlborough Road boys were invited to run and some who could not attend due to football commitments were able to run in the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) Y3-5 Fun Run where APS runners were dominant.
By half term lots of Y3 boys had also played football for the school and the APS 1st team were through to the quarter finals of the Altrincham School's FA Cup.
The dark nights of November and December put a stop to after school football clubs, but as usual Year 3 boys enjoyed gymnastics and Year 6 table tennis clubs. Boys in years 4 & 5 had the same opportunity in January & February.
Inter-school matches continued on games days or on the traditional preparatory school Wednesday afternoon 'match days'. All year 3 boys represented APS at football, Years 5 & 6 at Rugby and hockey against other schools as well as more football matches and tournaments.
The first team finished third at the Midlands Schools Football at Repton ahead of the likes of other independent schools, Nottingham High School, Solihull school and Trent College. The Year 4, 5, and 6 swimmers enjoyed a great gala at Merchant Taylors School, Liverpool and all the Year 4 boys who had swum during their weekly lessons throughout the term enjoyed an inter-house swimming gala at Altrincham Leisure Centre.
The start of the Spring term saw APS hosting the annual touring side from City of Freemen's' School U10 rugby team on a Saturday morning playing at Heywood Road, home of Sale FC and 32 Year 5 boys enjoyed playing some good rugby, winning 1 and drawing 2 against a strong touring side. Meanwhile, the U11 team, had some notable wins against Stonyhurst, Rydal and Terra Nova. The Year 4 boys won their first game of contact rugby against Rydal, 20 Year 3 boys had their first taste of tag rugby competition and soon afterwards all Year 3 boys were given the same opportunity.
Pre-School, Reception Years 1 and 2 all enjoyed gymnastics sessions (including the Birch/Lingley legendary gym course) in the hall at Marlborough Road during the cold winter days. As the weather warmed up Reception boys played 'proper' football on the aquaturf at Bowdon during games lessons and 12 Year 1 boys had the chance to train at the Manchester City Academy facility at Platt Lane.
The U11 hockey team tried to emulate the APS teams of the last two years which had both reached the Natioanl IAPS hockey finals held at Wellington College. This year's team reached the quarter finals of the Midlands and North regional competition losing only on penalty flicks but finishing at the top Northern school. The Cross Ciuntry boys enjoyed the challenge of the Sedbergh Fell Race finishing runners up in a competition including the big Northern schools of Giggleswick, Sedbergh and others.
March is traditionally the tournament season amongst the top schools on the region and as ever APS figured strongly in them all. The U11 Rugby Sevens team reached the semi-final stages of the first tournaments and played some fantastic rugby at the national Stonyhurst Sevens claiming some notable scalps in Merchant Taylors and Magdalene House, Cambridge before losing narrowly to London Oratory in the Plate final.
The U9s reached the semis in their only tournament only to lose in extra time and the U11 hockey team were runners up in another North West tournament. The Year 5 boys played some great indoor football to win the Altrincham Schools 5 a side tournament.
The term finished with the Year 2 boys playing some excellent passing football at the APS Open Day invitation Festival and lots of Y5 /6 boys enjoying inter house football, hockey and rugby competitions. And just when we thought we had given our boys the opportunity to experience so many different sports , the Winter Olympics inspired 6M to go and participate in curling at Deeside under the watchful eyes of our specialist curler Mrs McKenna.
Before the Summer term even began Year 6 had set off for the annual French Trip to improve their French, get involved in some history and to sample some more sporting activities in the form of climbing, fencing, archery, canoeing, aeroball and boules (all instructed in French). They returned to play some great cricket throughout the term losing only once and batting really well with Oliver and Sulaiman both getting 50s. The Year 4 boys all played Kwick Cricket for the school as did most of Year 3 and the U.9s won the North West IAPS. Kwik Cricket Festival for the second year in a row.
The U.11 Tennis squad was unbeaten and 8 Year 3 and 8 Year 4 boys enjoyed the chance to play Mini-Tennis against King’s Chester winning the majority of games that day. The Lunchtime Athletics clubs again proved popular and successful as the Year 3 and Year 4 won most medals of any school at the North West IAPS Athletics Event and the Year 5 and Year 6 boys competed really well at Stretford Stadium with Harry going on to run a personal best at the National Athletics Championships at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham in his favoured 1500m. APS swimmers from all four age groups enjoyed galas with Ryleys and Stockport Grammar Junior School and Henry D (Year 5) swam really well with a personal best in the 25m freestyle National IAPS Gala in Crawley. All the Year 3 boys enjoyed a fun inter-house gala at the end of their term of swimming PE lessons. The APS football 1st team reached the Altrincham Schools FA Cup Final (yet again) but this year lost on Golden goal late in extra time.
The school year ended with the usual plethora of sporting events including two great sports days, a house 6-a-side cricket tournament, the APS “Superstars” a high quality Tennis Tournament, an inter-form football tournament and the annual Year 6 Football v Dads and Teachers on the final evening of the term.
We always like to keep in touch and keep track of our “Old Boys” and this year we saw Matthew Lund having had 2 years with Stoke City FC held Rochdale FC to promotion; Will Abbott signed professional forms for Bolton FC and scored in the FA Youth Cup. Kenji Gorre signed for Swansea City FC and Cameron Neild was part of the England U20 Rugby squad which retained the Junior World Cup.
How well they have used their “core” skills which they learned at APS.