March 2017


A fantastic KS2 Gymnastics event saw nearly 100 gymnasts from 8 schools show off their skills to earn points for their teams!
Two competitions took place simultaneously at Alfreton Leisure Centre with Y3/4 students competing for the Key Steps 2 title and Y5/6 gymnasts aiming for the Key Steps 3 trophy!
Teams of 6 students performed a floor routine, a body management sequence and a vault with judges awarding points for knowledge, application and effort in the routines

Six schools and almost forty students from KS1 took part in our Gymnastics showcase on Tuesday evening
It was clear to see that every gymnast had worked incredibly hard to learn, practice and perfect their routines and took the opportunity to show them off to parents, siblings, staff and the judges
Our gymnasts performed their routines in groups of 3 and were marked on their knowledge of the routine, application of the routine, effort and teamwork with marks being added together to earn team points

Fritchley Primary conjured up a fantastic win in Thursday's Alfreton cluster Y3/4 Tennis competition
Fritchley, a micro-school with less than 50 students at KS2 upset much larger schools to take the trophy and a place tin May's borough finals
Leys Junior performed brilliantly throughout to take the second place on offer for the borough finals
Riddings Junior B took 3rd place just ahead of Leys Junior B while Shirland, Crich Junior and Riddings Junior all put in terrific performances for their schools

In an unbelievably close run Y7 Netball competition it was Heanor Gate who came out on top, edging out last years winners Ecclesbourne and home team Swanwick Hall to take the victory!
After round 1 of fixtures Heanor lead the way with a 100% record but Swanwick Hall put in a fantastic unbeaten showing on home soil to push Heanor hard while Ecclesbourne kept up their consistent winning rate to take 2nd place!
This is Heanor Gate's first netball title since the changing of the secondary format and really shows the improvement all schools have made to compete!

An incredibly close fought Y3/4 Mini Tennis competition saw Codnor and William Gilbert Primary share the trophy and both progress to the borough finals
Each team finished on 20 points with strong performances across all four categories to finish above Kilburn Junior, Mundy Junior and Richardson Primary
The competition pits 1st and 2nd seeds in both boys and girls leagues against one another with each player trying to score points for their team, the highest combined team score wins!

Curzon Primary produced a commanding performance across all categories to take home the Belper cluster Mini Tennis title 
St Johns also progress to the borough finals in May by coming 2nd just ahead of Duffield Meadows Primary
The competition was of a fantastic standard across the board with some outstanding tennis played by all!
A special mention must go to George from Curzon for showing outstanding sportsmanship in encouraging his opponents and even offering advice to some less experienced players

Ecclesbourne came out on top despite dropping their first game of the year after the second round of Y8 Netball fixtures at John Flamsteed
Belper managed to upset the champions with a 4-3 win but that couldnt prevent Ecclesbourne from lifting the trophy ahead of Heanor Gate in 2nd place
Home side John Flamsteed edged out Belper to take a well earned 3rd place with Aldercar, David Nieper Academy and Swanwick Hall all taking part in fixtures
Congratulations to Ecclesbourne and well done to everyone who took part on a terrific standard of Netball!

The week commencing March 13th saw 14 schools and well over 80 students from years 1 and 2 play tennis, many of whom for the very first time
Our KS1 Racket Sports festivals taking place in Belper, Heanor and Alfreton enable students to be playing tennis rally's over the net by the time they leave the centre
To do this our staff teach the basics of tennis from holding a racket, to striking a static ball, progressing to a moving ball then moving onto working over the net with a coach and then a partner

Ecclesbourne School retained their Y9 Netball title after going through the league unbeaten 
Over two rounds of fixtures in October and March they won each and every game to keep hold of top spot
Belper School beat Heanor Gate in the final match of the season to clinch 2nd place with David Nieper Academy taking 4th ahead of John Flamsteed and Ripley Academy
Over 35 fixtures were played between the 7 teams with the standard of play improving year on year
Well done to everyone who took part!

In a closely contested Alfreton cluster Table Tennis competition it was Heage Primary who came out on top, just edging Loscoe Primary into 2nd place
The competition pitted the boys against boys and girls against girls in their seed categories with points being awarded for wins
In this particular competition there were two boys leagues running alongisde one large girls league. Positions in the table were what decided how many points each player gained for their team