The PE Department regularly arranges trips and special events to inspire and motivate students. These include opportunities to watch, meet and train with professional sportsmen and women from across a wide range of sports.
Forty students from Years 8 and 10 will be going on an exciting football tour to the resort of Platja D´Aro near Barcelona in Spain from Saturday 28th March to Friday 3rd April 2015.
This will be a fabulous experience for the students, offering exciting opportunities for developing football skills and a chance to immerse themselves in the local culture. The trip itinerary includes two football fixtures against local opposition, professinoal training sessions on 3G/4G pitches and a day excursion to Barcelona to see the Nou Camp Stadium and Olympic Park.
Click here to download information for parents about the trip.
The 12-hour sportathon run by the Sports Council on 23rd January was a huge success and raised over £2000 for Help for Heroes!
Whether it was using the exercise bikes, running around the PE block, playing basketball or netball, the 25 members of the Sports Council made sure someone was doing sport at all times. Highlights included an intense kingball game and a strenuous cross fit lunch session led by Ryan Tansley from Harrogate Cross Fit.
Once the school day had finished the group of 25 turned into a group of 60, with the Sports Council bringing their friends to help them out for the last five and a half hours. Even after completing six and a half hours, the Sports Council showed no signs of slowing down as four games of volleyball simultaneously erupted in the sports hall. As the final hours commenced some played pavilion cricket and the others beat the ball rounders, with energy levels as high as ever.
The day finished on a high with a massive game of dodgeball involving all 60 students and all the teachers who stayed until the end. A parent got hit in the face, certain teachers were targeted by students - it all ended in controlled chaos, perfectly concluding the whole 12 hours!
All of the students should be proud of themselves for raising so much money and it just shows that all of their hard work has paid off. Thank you to everyone who helped out with the event.
Over the Easter holidays, 40 lads from King James´s were lucky enough to spend a week in Barcelona on a football tour. As well as daily training sessions and matches against local teams, we went on a tour of the amazing Camp Nou Stadium, visited the Olympic Park and enjoyed some sightseeing and shopping in the city. After a week of sunshine, football and fun, even the 28 hour coach journey back couldn´t ruin our mood! It really was a holiday we will always remember and we´re all very grateful to our PE teachers for giving us such an incredible opportunity.
Dan Howard, Year 8 Sports Council Representative
King James´s applied and was selected to be part of a girls´ football festival at Leeds Trinity University. The afternoon was organised by West Riding FA with the aim of increasing participation and inspiring young girl footballers. Each team was allocated three friendly five-a-side matches and three skills development sessions, plus a range of activities to try such as officiating skills, speed gun for shots and reaction tester.
The King James´s team did well in its three matches, winning two of them and showing lots of passing ability along the way. The girls then participated in the skills sessions, before watching the star of Disney´s goalmouth do some freestyle tricks and a mascot dance-off that added to the fun feel of the day. This was a really enjoyable event that certainly got the girls even more enthused about participation in football.
On Saturday 22nd June, 54 King James´s students got the chance to see international athletics when they went on a trip to the European Athletics Team Championships at Gateshead Stadium. The trip was open to students from Years 7 to 11 who had attended athletics training at school.
On a sunny Saturday the students were treated to some excellent athletics as 12 countries battled against each other to find the strongest teams in Europe. There were several highlights as GB managed to gain five track victories and the crowd was treated to an appearance by Olympic champion Greg Rutherford in the long jump. The last major race of the day was the men´s 5,000m, featuring double Olympic champion Mo Farah. He didn´t disappoint, storming to victory with a final lap of 50.8 seconds and receiving a standing ovation for his efforts.
Mo´s performance capped a wonderful day - something that will hopefully motivate and inspire the young athletes at King James´s.
Students from all years embarked on a trip to the home of British Cycling in Manchester and had the chance to ride the velodrome or BMX course. This was an opportunity to follow in the tyre-marks of legends like Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Read. Each group spent an hour learning skills from specialist coaches and experienced the lumps and bumps of the BMX track or how to ride the ´banking´ round the velodrome. The BMX course was very technical and required speed, agility and nerve, either when ´pumping´ over the small bumps or jumping over the large humps. The velodrome required power and stamina as you needed to maintain speed round every bend, otherwise there was a real chance of falling off! The 45 degree banking doesn´t look too bad on TV, but when you see it in real life...! The start ramp in the BMX gives you a similar feeling... and the adrenalin starts pumping!
The students and staff had a fantastic time and were exhilarated by their experiences. All want to go again - watch this space for future trips!
King James´s School was delighted to receive a visit from our second athlete mentor, Rachel McKenzie. Rachel, a former two weight Muay Thai world champion, came to offer support and inspiration to several groups of students.
The day targeted Key Stage 3 students, specifically trying to increase their motivation and team-building skills. Rachel spoke first to all of Year 8 during assembly, before embarking on three different workshops during the morning. A select group of Year 7 students enjoyed a fun team-building workshop. The session tested their communication skills and decision-making, all contributing to a very productive experience. The Year 9s were next for their motivational workshop. Here Rachel told her story about the road to being world number one for 10 years. The session also worked on goal-setting, getting the students to really focus on what could be achieved. The final workshop was for our project multi sports group, who were put through their paces in a Muay Thai fitness session. The group, which is made up of a mixture of ages from Year 7 to Sixth Form, really responded to Rachel´s words of encouragement.
Overall, a fantastic experience for all students concerned and a huge thank you to Rachel McKenzie for her positive approach and motivation offered as an athlete mentor.
On Tuesday 5th March a select group of King James´s badminton students were given the opportunity to see live top level badminton.
The students were taken to the All England Badminton Championships at the NIA Birmingham. This is one of the largest badminton tournaments on the calendar and it featured many Olympic medallists from London.
The tournament was in its first day, so all five badminton courts were in action, providing the students with lots of fascinating play to watch. The tournament had players from all over the world taking part in doubles and singles format. The students really enjoyed seeing the tactical play and also the intensity and power on show. The day also allowed them to try out different badminton-related activities, as well as hopefully motivating them for their future matches.
Overall it was a really enjoyable and interesting day. The opportunity to watch high-level sport is always motivational and this day definitely provided inspiration.
Ex- Great Britain Rugby League star Paul Broadbent spent a day in school delivering inspiring talks and sports activities for more than 300 students. Paul is a Sky Sports mentor who works with schools as part of the ‘Living for Sport’ initiative, which works to raise confidence, change behaviour, increase attainment and improve the life skills of young people.
Paul, who made 450 top flight appearances in his playing career, met the multi-sports group set up at KJS as part of the initiative, and also gave up his time to speak to many more pupils, holding assemblies and practical sessions throughout the day.
He delivered some inspirational and practical advice, using his own experiences to capture students’ interest. “It was clear the pupils appreciated Paul’s personal and honest stories,” said PE teacher Kieron Hall, who organised the visit. “The key message was that all pupils can achieve by working hard and putting in that special effort when needed.”
The day was a huge success and we are now looking forward to a visit from a second Sky Sports mentor.