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Top tennis coach is a big hit
 LTA Northern Tennis Coach of the Year, Ben Bush, has become an instant hit at Hulme Hall School, Cheshire.
Ben, who is currently Club Coach at Davenport Lawn Tennis Club, has joined the Hulme Hall Team to boost skills and provide the opportunity for pupils to take advantage of the amazing health benefits of tennis.
Said Rachael Allen, Headteacher, “We are delighted to have secured the services of such a prestigious coach. Ben brings with him a wealth of experience in the field and a real passion for tennis.”
Ben was recently awarded Cheshire Coach of the Year and subsequently went on to win LTA Coach of the Year for the North. He is one of five coaches who will now be competing for National Coach of the Year.
The school is thrilled to add tennis to its sporting opportunities. At
Hulme Hall pupils are encouraged to participate in a variety of sports from trampolining to cricket and lacrosse.
Miss Allen is keen to encourage pupils to take advantage of the coaching as tennis is proven to have significant benefits. As well as helping with problem-solving and hand-eye co-ordination, the sport also builds muscular and bone strength in children and
is good for aerobic fitness and cardiovascular health.
Double Olympic champion inspires
 Hockey academy tournament
Cumnor House, Sussex, Sussex Colts ‘A’ team beat strong competition at the East Grinstead Hockey Academy tournament, held at The Triangle in Burgess Hill. The tournament brought together 13 schools from all over Sussex, Surrey and Kent who were competing for the prestigious winners’ trophy.
“I was really proud of the performance of our Colts team,”said Will Fuller, Team Coach at Cumnor House Sussex who accompanied them. “During the course of the whole tournament the boys scored 12 goals without conceding a single goal. They were a very strong and single-minded team who kept their calm and stayed focussed throughout the day.”
In the group stages, Cumnor House Sussex beat Handcross Park 1-0, scoring their winning goal in the last 10 seconds of the match. They went on to win 1-0 against Lingfield, drew 0-0 against Bedes and, by the time they played their final group match against Dane Hill, their confidence was growing and they managed to score six goals within just 10 minutes. This final win put them at the top of their group.
The team went on to play New Beacon in the semi-finals in a very tense game where they managed to hold their nerve to win the match 1-0. Their final match was against Saint Ronan’s, which they won 3-0, placing them at the top of the table and securing their position as outright winners of the whole tournament.
Lizzy Yarnold, accompanied by fellow Skeleton Olympian, Jerry Rice, came to share her story and inspire all at The Paragon School, Bath.
For a woman that hurls herself down slopes at 90mph Lizzy came across as down-to-earth, very likeable, and enthusiastic about sport, and life in general.
Double Olympic Champion Lizzy cemented her place in sporting history not once, but twice. Lizzy won her second Olympic Gold at the PyeongChang 2018 Games, adding to the Gold she won in Sochi in 2014, becoming the first Team GB winter athlete to retain their Olympic title. Team GB’s most decorated Winter Olympian was also the first British athlete and Pictured: Lizzy and Jerry with pupils
the second person ever to claim the Grand Slam of skeleton titles when she won every major title in her sport in just 407 days back in 2014/15.
Lizzy shared her love of all sports, but particularly netball, football, javelin, shot put and heptathlon as well as her secret ambition to be an Olympian. It was interesting to hear about her trial at the Girls for Gold programme and selection for skeleton sport, something she didn’t know much about before.
The children loved handling Lizzy’s two gold medals and she taught everyone how to say hello in Korean (ann-yeong-haseyo) and deliver a respectful bow.
Harlequins sign ups
Harry Barlow and Hugh Tizard have joined a growing list of Cranleighans who have been rewarded for their hard work with professional rugby contracts when they leave the school in July. Harry and Hugh have both signed for Harlequins RFC and will join former Cranleighans Sam Smith, Will Collier, Greg Bateman, Seb Stegmann, Charlie Piper, Dino Lamb-Cona and Henry Taylor by progressing their school rugby to professional careers.
Both pupils were instrumental in the unbeaten 1st XV season and also the recent sevens success. Hugh is a second row (who can also play as a blind side flanker) while Harry is a centre or wing and has recently returned from playing for England U18.
Cranleigh’s Director of Rugby, Andy
Houston, said: ‘Both boys have given a huge amount to Cranleigh over the years. Their training ethic and desire to improve has been inspiring to witness. As the number of pupils from the school who
sign professional contracts grows, the common trait in all of them is just how hard they are willing to work for it. It is easy for people
to say they want something, but
to actually be willing to put the hard work in to achieve it, is a real legacy for all our pupils to follow. They have done the 6:30am weight sessions, been strict with their diets as well as put in the huge number of hours doing individual skill work in their free time. They both are great role models for our juniors and I know they will work even harder now to make it as a regular first team player and push their talents as far as they can.’
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