Sporting Ambitions. – Leadership Team Blog

20140322-072338.jpgSport has been the focus for this week! Last saturday David Ramsey and I completed the British cycling award for teachers. After an early start and lots of classroom activity based around the fundamentals of cycle techniques and core values for introducing cycling expertise to youth riders. After break, the fun began outside in the practical segment of the course. Taking part in key activities and having sample sessions delivered to us, enabled myself and Mr Ramsey to get a taste of what the course will offer our students. The afternoon involved our assessment and, although competent and experienced classroom teachers, it is always a nervous time when looking to tailor a provided topic to a group of peers under the inspecting eyes of an assessor. However, the post session feedback received reflected that the feelings of initial trepidation were short lived! The course has now enabled us to start our British Cycling Project here at CMA. Open to all local school pupils between ages of 12-16 starting on the second Wednesday back after the easter break at 3.45pm-4.45pm. So here is your invitation to come along and extend your cycling skills with a range of small competitions and specialist sessions.

The second area of sport focussed upon over the past few weeks has been the community charity event we are hosting this Sunday. The Sport Relief 2014 Haverhill Mile, will be making its way to the Academy site. We have been busy behind the scenes working collaboratively with the Haverhill Running Club and other local business members to provide a fun, enjoyable and well resourced event. The course caters for all needs and includes ‘easy’ and ‘hard’ route options with a distance choice between 1,3 & 6 miles. Whether it be walking, running at a leisurely pace for charity or whether it be a personal battle against the clock in private surroundings, local community members are invited to attend from 11 am onwards to take part in the fun. Families are encouraged to come along and support the participants and are offered fantastic vantage points along the route together with a family zone, providing hot food and drink and a variety of entertainment. So bring those coins and charitable donations and lets raise as much as we can for such a worthy cause!

Finally on the sporting front our Academy rugby teams have been doing particularly well of late thanks to the tireless efforts of Mr Ellis and other staff members working with Haverhill rugby club. Training sessions have been put in weekly and the boys hard work and effort has been rewarded by a 3rd place finish yesterday at the County Shield Finals. The attitude and commitment shown by the team was superb throughout and are a credit to our Academy in a sport that is immersing within the area. I wish them all the very best for their future endeavours!
So all thats left for me to say is, with our local MP running the Haverhill Mile on Sunday, it’s your chance to don the trainers and win your claim to fame of participating in such a high profile event. On the other hand just coming along for an enjoyable family day out doing your bit for charity will be just as satisfying. Either way I look forward to seeing as many of you here that can make it! Your support to our community is always appreciated.

Mr A Barratt

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