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   Riding high after Hickstead win
  Champion facility
 The Dauntsey’s School, Wiltshire, show-jumping team has won the National Schools’ Championship at the All England Showground at Hickstead, beating schools from across the country in an
exciting jump-off. The team of four from Dauntsey’s battled through to secure one of six places in the final round, winning on a time difference of just five seconds.
The new Sports Centre at St Andrew’s School, Berkshire
was officially opened by Lizzy Yarnold OBE. The British skeleton racer joined the Great Britain national squad in 2010, and with consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2014 and 2018, she is the most successful British Winter Olympian and the most successful Olympic Skeleton athlete of all time from any nation.
Lizzy spoke of her journey to becoming a Double Olympic Gold Medallist; the story highlighted her determination to succeed even when she had been told that she was not good enough, which was early on in her career. The children were delighted to see and even hold an Olympic Gold medal and
to ask Lizzy questions about life as an athlete and what it feels like to travel down an ice tube at 90mph!
With a message that was carefully constructed for the pupils to comprehend, Lizzy finished her assembly with these words, ‘I
am normal and you are normal, I dreamt of being an Olympic Champion and if you work hard enough and believe, you can achieve anything’.
After speeches and the unveiling of the plaque the children enjoyed participating in High Jump, Badminton, Climbing, Taekwondo, Shot Put, Hurdles, Long Jump, Swimming, Golf, Hockey and Tennis.
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 Work has begun on a state- of-the-art sports centre at Loughborough Endowed Schools, paving the way for pupils to discover the physical and mental benefits of staying active.
The construction team broke ground over the summer to get the landmark £3.5million project underway. Due to be completed in Spring 2019, the facility will be used by pupils from across the Foundation of Schools.
When open, it will include a multi-use sports hall, fitness suite with strength and cardio equipment, a dance studio and brand new changing rooms.
Jim Doherty, Chief Operating Officer, says the facility is set to play an important role in promoting sports participation among pupils, no matter what their age or ability, and sow the seeds for a lifelong love
of sport. “This is an ambitious project and one that we believe will bring immense benefits
to the Foundation. It will be a
place that offers something for everyone, whether they want to compete to the highest level as an individual or member of a team, feel strong and capable,
or simply try something for the first time. We know sporting excellence and improved fitness are commendable goals in their own right, but we should also recognise the part exercise plays in developing valuable life skills such as resilience, determination and team working. Those who exercise regularly often say that
it helps to alleviate stress and focus the mind, which is essential during busy exam periods and later on in working lives.”
Loughborough Endowed Schools comprises four independent schools, Loughborough Grammar School (for boys aged 10 to 18), Loughborough High School (for girls aged 11 to 18), Our Lady’s Convent School (co-ed, for
pupils aged 4 to 18) and Fairfield Preparatory School (co-ed aged
3 to 11).
   Pictured: Rob Grant, Director of Operations for LES, with (far right) aJamie Chadburn, Site Manager for contractors, & pupils from Loughborough High School & Our Lady’s Convent School
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