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De Ferrers deliver de goods

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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FIVE teams from The de Ferrers Academy enjoyed sporting success at county and midlands level last month.

The Horninglow school’s Year 8 girls athletics team won silver in the Winter School Games in Stoke, while at hockey, both the Under-13 girls’ team and the Under-16 boys’ team qualified for Midlands finals.

Mrs Jeffery, director of support and guidance at Key Stage 3, said: “The students were an absolute credit to our academy and we are unbelievably proud of their achievements.”

The Staffordshire School Games indoor athletics team won their age group earlier in the year to earn a place at the Level 3 event at Fenton Manor Sports and Leisure Complex in Stoke.

The girls competed to a very high standard and once all of the results were collated, were delighted to discover they had finished second out of 10 districts.

All of the girls received a silver medal and certificate, while one student, Holly Jeffery, was selected to read the Games Oath on behalf of the competitors.

Meanwhile, it has been a busy term for hockey, with students competing in a variety of age groups in many competitions from local level to Staffordshire tournaments.

At the start of March, de Ferrers entered one boys’ team and two girls’ teams in the Under-13s Staffordshire In2Hockey seven-a-side tournament.

Many of the boys’ team were playing against students a year above them, and although they finished mid-table, they played well and gained a lot from the level of the challenge.

The Under-13 Girls B team had mixed success, with some victories on the day, but the A team played exceptionally well and finished runners-up in Staffordshire.

This qualified the team for the Midlands tournament, representing Staffordshire.

They played six matches throughout the day, winning two, drawing two and losing one.

After qualifying from the Stafford­shire tournament, the Under-16 boys’ hockey team went to Oundle School in Peterborough to represent the county at Midlands level.

De Ferrers played three matches and finished in second place, which again saw them achieve qualification, this time to the Midlands finals at Cannock Hockey Club.

The first state school to reach this level in many years, de Ferrers did well against the likes of Repton, Trent College and Loughborough Grammar School.

The school thanked sixth-form student Liam Goode and Year 11’s Matt Abel for their assistance as umpires for the hockey teams, as well as Clothing 4 for sponsoring the academy with their new hockey kit.

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