Stapleford school sweeps up trophies thanks to sporty all-rounders
It might not be quite as impressive as Nottingham Forest retaining the European Cup – but students from George Spencer Academy are creating a legacy of their own.
Sportsmen and women from the school have claimed an impressive haul of trophies over the last year, from football to cricket and athletics to boccia.
The under 13s football team scooped the South Notts Cup and became county champions, while the cricketers also won the county championship.
What makes their feat even more incredible is five students play for both teams.
Batsman and centre midfielder Charlie Wilde, 13, from Toton, said: “We played Carlton-le-Willows last year and lost 5-3, but this year we beat them 5-1.
“It shows how much we have improved over the last year. We’ve played with each other a lot more and got to know each other better, which I think helps.
“As captain of the football team, I’m proud of what my teammates have achieved.”
His centre-midfield partner, Charlie Marzano, is also 13 and from Toton.
He added: “We’re not just individual players, we play together and that has helped us improve.
“Next year, we’re going to Barcelona to play in a competition and we hope to win even more trophies.”
On top of their victories, the under-15 girls were also crowned county cricket champions, the under-14 boys team won the Forest Vase at the City Ground, and the under-16 boys won the South Notts Cup and were Futsal county champions.
Add to that the junior and senior teams winning the Broxtowe Athletics Championship and the boccia team taking the county title, and it has been a good year for the PE department at the Stapleford school.
George Glover, from the PE department, said: “We’re very proud of the fantastic achievement of all our sporting teams this year.
“This is something that has come about from encouraging more participation by all students, which has in turn increased the standard.
“We have been giving up time; at lunch break, after school, and over weekends, to run sessions and trials, and I think that is what has made the difference.”