Sports Update November 2013

Top fund raising students from Bishop Walsh School and Mr I. Khawaja, (2nd in P.E) present their cheque to Donna Stokes, British Heart Foundation Fundraising Volunteer Manager.

Top fund raising students from Bishop Walsh School and Mr I. Khawaja, (2nd in P.E) present their cheque to Donna Stokes, British Heart Foundation Fundraising Volunteer Manager.

Bishop Walsh British Heart Foundation Dodgeball

For the fourth year running, students at Bishop Walsh have been dipping, ducking, diving and dodging once again for the British Heart Foundation. Students took part in an inter-house ultimate dodgeball competition during their lunchtime. Students were awarded points for the number of games won but also for the amount of money each house group raised. The school are entitled to keep 20% of the total raised meaning the total amount raised for the British Heart Foundation was £883.20

“I am really proud of our students. Every year our students go that extra mile to raise as much money as they can for a very worthwhile cause. This is the fourth year in a row we have staged this event and parents and families have been so generous and supported us since we began supporting this charity. I am delighted to see over 180 students take part in the dodgeball competition. Dodgeball is a fun way in which students can lead a physically active lifestyle, something which the P.E department aim to instil within our students. My sincere thanks go out to all the parents and families who have supported us over the past four years.” Mr Khawaja (2nd in P.E and event organiser).

Donna Stokes, BHF Fundraising Manager said “For over 50 years the British Heart Foundation has pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease. On behalf of the parents with babies born with life-threatening heart conditions that have now been successfully treated and the many mums, dads and grandparents who have survived a heart attack as a result of the treatment available today, we would like to sincerely thank Bishop Walsh School for raising so much money to help us continue our vital work. The hard work, enthusiasm and support from the staff, students and parents is tremendous.”

Football

The new season has started very strongly this year with many football teams displaying some outstanding performances to progress through to the next rounds of both District and Birmingham cups.

Years 7-9 and Years 11 and Sixth form have all made it through to the next round of the District cup with the Year 8 team already through to the semi-final against Washwood Heath.

A similar story is found in the Birmingham cup fixtures with all year group teams except year 10 making it through to the next round. Some extremely tough matches against Grace Academy, Smithswood Schools and Holte School have tested our boys fitness and skill levels but I am delighted to see so many teams this year progress through to the next round of both cups. Let’s hope we can keep working and training hard to reach as many finals as possible!

A special mention to the year 11 football team (managed by Head of Year 11, Mr O’Rourke), who have made it through to the third round of the English Schools National Cup. This is a real achievement already and the team have gained lots of support from their fellow peers, staff and parents.

Football club is on every Monday and all are welcome to attend.

Hockey

Congratulations to the boys hockey team who have finished 2nd in the Sutton Schools Hockey league. The team have played every Thursday at Wyndley Leisure Centre and have grown in strength, skill and fitness as the fixtures have been plated. The boys faced extremely difficult opposition in the form of Streetly School and Holte School where many fixtures were either draws or had a difference of only one goal. However, the boys worked extremely hard every match and beat Arthur Terry and Streetly to clinch second spot. Well done boys!

Mr I. Khawaja