Sports News 2014-15


"We offer all children the opportunity to achieve a fun, active and healthy lifestyle through PE and school sport."


23 excited children had the opportunity to test their skills in 'float races' as our Change4Life groups and School Sports Councillors enjoyed a fabulous fun session at the Lifestyle Centre. We take our Key Stage two children swimming as part of the PE curriculum and aim for them to achieve their National Curriculum Award by the end of Year 6. With the flashes and River Weaver surrounding Winsford it's important for all our children to be water confident... why not see what sessions are on offer for your children over the summer?


Competition of The Day!

Intra schools competitions are running this week in shooting, striking and jumping. Each class will have a winner from each house team and there will be overall house team winners for the whole competiton. Beech are often in the lead each week for team points. I wonder if they will win the sporting competitions too?

National School Sports Week

What a wonderful week so far! Over 2000 children have taken part in sports related events throughout Cheshire this week so far and Willow Wood have been represented at almost every event! 



Well done to our year 3/4 tag Rugby Players. This tournament is always about participation and enjoyment and this year was no exception. Having relatively little experience of the sport previously our players came away showing a HUGE improvement in their skill. Chatting to the teachers from one of the more practised teams we played against he commented that 'Willow Wood have been what this event is all about, they have just improved and improved and improved with every game they have played, they have been fabulous.' It was high praise indeed from someone who coaches junior rugby at club level! It was certainly a sentiment that I echoed, I was so proud of the children who were determined to improve with each game. A special mention to Millie who scored our only try of the afternoon after a persistent effort! 

A huge thank you not just to the children taking part but also the staff at school who have organised transport or covered classes to allow as many children as possible to enjoy summer sport competitions and also National School Sports week this year, (Elaine Capper School Sport Coordinator) 

Congratulations to one of our Year 2 Multiskills teams who took first place this morning. Fab! The event was great fun with the children earning points for a range of activities. Check out their pictures on the Year 2 gallery page. 

In the heat of the afternoon our year 3/4 footballers played extremely well in all 4 matches in the the league. The results saw us tying for 2nd place with the final result hingeing on the second half of the last game. Wonderful team spirit this afternoon. 



Our tri-golfers came runners-up, our dodgeball team were 3rd in their group, our footballers came 4th in their tournament and were the only team to field year 4's and three girls. Our Try-it Challengers rose to the challenge and had a fab afternoon and 5 pupils played boccia, sitting volleyball and completed circuits testing all their skills.

Well done everyone who has been out so far you have been superstars... we'll have almost half the school stood up in assembly this week to celebrate participation in games!







Well done to our first team out this week, Year 3/4 Quadkids.

They came fourth out of seven Winsford Teams and were enthusiastic about their performance.

Unfortunately the Y5/6 rounders was cancelled due to the overnight rain.

Tomorrow sees the Try-It Challenge, Tri-Golf and Dodgeball!

This half term has seen a busy start to our Summer Sports Season. We have competed in level 2 games competitions for Year 5/6 Kwik Cricket, Orienteering and Quadkids athletics and year 3/4 Mini Tennis so far. Unfortunately we haven't progressed to the next rounds but our pupils have been a credit to the school, their sportsmanship and behaviour all round has been commented on really positively. Well done to all those children who have participated so far and thank you to members of staff who have given up their time to transport the children to and from venues. 





Many thanks to Alex Waring from Winsford Academy for helping our young leaders to run a multiskills competition for year 3 on Monday this week. The event was run by our school sports councillors and our Year 5 Change4Life leaders who were extremely well-organised and enthusiastic. A fab afternoon was had by everyone!

Year 3/4 Mini Tennis Tournament 


Eight pupils from Year 4 took part in the competition, run by Vale Royal School Sports Partnership. Schools from across the area competed at Hartford Tennis Club in the summer sunshine. Willow Wood won 6 of their matches in the 'round-robin' but which was sadly not enough for us to go through to the semi-finals. The pupils certainly gave their best and were a credit to the school. Many thanks to Miss Weedall who has been coaching the teams. 

Year 5/6 Boys/Girls Orienteering Competition 

Well done to those children who took part in the Orienteering Competition at Hartford C of E High School. We entered two teams, our boys team: Thomas, Thomas and Owen and the girls team Alaycie, Caitlyn and Megan, although the girls team completed the course in a much quicker time the boys had more correct answers! 

Final results will hopefully follow shortly. 

Year 5/6 Mixed Kwik Cricket Tournament 

Well done to our Kwik Cricketers who took part in the Winsford Vale Royal school competition.  Despite losing both our games, we showed a massive improvement in our second game and lost by only one run!  We showed great enthusiasm and sportsmanship throughout but sadly, the competition was rained off before our final fixture. Well done Willow Wood!


Quadkids Athletics 

Our Year 5/6 athletes competed superbly well at this event, coming second overall with 948 points. Special congratulations to Megan, who won the sprint event in the fastest time of 11.2 seconds...see how far you can run in this time -Megan ran 75 metres. 

Megan and James also managed the furthest jump of the competition at  1.72m FAB! 



Dance Competition 

Year 4 pupils looked especially smart in our Willow Wood team shirts representing us in the Dance Competition this week. Many thanks to Mrs Harries and Mrs Chan who have been practising the dances with the children over the last two weeks. Their dance-off was very impressive! Well done to all the children who took part in the day. 



Well done to our Year 6 dodgeballers who went along to High Street on Wednesday where they played against High Street and Darnhall. Although they didn't win the competition they had a fabulous time and in their last match all their players remained on the pitch, winning the match convincingly-Fab. 




Our change4life tasting session was mango this week 


(not everone liked it! )

Our first summer competitions are underway this week. Good luck to our Year 6 pupils who are taking part in the Winsford Schools Dodgeball competition on Wednesday afternoon and our Year 4 who are representing us in the Dance festival on Thursday. 

After a quiet few weeks on the sports front preparations are underway for our summer programmes of events.

Lots of 'level 2' competitions take place over the coming weeks, within our Winsford Cluster and also within the Vale Royal Partnership. Level 2 competitions are primarily aimed at KS2.

Some events are still waiting confirmation of times and venues but so far we are entered into:

Year 5/6 Dodgeball -20th May

Year 4 Dance Festival  -21st May 

Year 5/6 Quadkids -3rd June

Y5/6 mixed Kwik Cricket -8th June

Y5/6 Orienteering -9th June 

Y3/4 Mini Tennis -10th June 

Y5/6 girls Kwik Cricket 12th June 

Y5/6 Trigolf -23rd June 

National School Sports Week begins on the 22nd June when there will be a range of activities on offer across the KS2 age range. 

We also have our own sports day planned for the 7th July when children from EYFS to year 6 will take part in a mixture of team and individual competitions. 




Fruit of the week

Our Change4Life leaders decided they wanted to try some different kinds of fruit to see which ones people might prefer for healthier snacks... As you can see, pineapple was very popular - Mango next time!



Well done to our Tag rugby Squad who took part in the tournament at Moss Farm on Monday 2nd March. All children who competed will receive a certificate for participating and many thanks to the staff who volunteered their time to take the children to and from the event.

The results did not go our way today but the children gained a lot from their experience. We were against some tough and more experienced opposition across the county, but we all came away with something. I have attached the results and fixtures of today's Tag Rugby tournament. You will see that the winners of our group went on to finish second overall (so we really were against some tough opposition!).

The children can be proud of their achievements today. With only a handful of training sessions under their belt (no pun intended) they all represented Willow Wood brilliantly with their desire to have a go, resilience to get back on that pitch depsite the results and keep playing as a team. All staff are incredibly proud of them and they are a credit to the school.

I would like to extend my thanks for the parents and spectators who took time to come and watch their children play today. It goes without saying that your support is vital and we are pleased to see you supporting your child and cheering them on win or lose. 

Mr Burgess. 



The squad were outside in the sunshine for one more practice today!


Congratulations ...

to our netball squad who came second in the Winsford mixed High- 5 netball competition.

Coached by Mrs Cooper and Miss Jones, the squad have worked extremely hard to improve their skills recently and it certainly showed throughout the competition. The squad were a credit to school, not just with their sporting skills but also in their gamesmanship. Well done.

Overall they came 2nd out of 7 teams, only losing to the team who were overall winners. They drew the first two games, won the next three and lost the last game to tournament winners, High Street.

Picking a Player of the Tournament has been difficult as all the children were superstars, but congratulations go to Megan Hamill for her team commitment.

Many thanks to Mr Waring who organised the tournament and to his team of Year 8 umpires.


Primary Performance Academy 16th, 17th February (half term holidays) 

Well done to Kyle, Ted and Megan who will be representing Willow Wood at days 3 and 4 of the Performance Academy this half term holiday. The Academy takes place over 6 days in total, spread across each half term throughout the school year and is intended for those children who show particular flair for PE and games. The academy is organised as part of the School Sports Partnership and our pupils have been funded through our school sports premium.

This time the academy will continue to focus on the 5 different abilities of athletes: Physical, Creative, Social, Health & Thinking, meaning the programme has lighter activities to allow recovery, as well as more intense physical work to encourage increased stamina and endurance

Willow Wood versus Over St John's High 5 Netball- friendly match. 

9th February 2015 

Well done to all our netballers who played in the friendly match against Over St John's. The aim was to help both schools to prepare for the forthcoming tournament and was certainly played in the spirit of learning through opportunities! Although we didn't win some excellent skills were shown, particularly by Laila and Sophie, but especially Chelsea, whose game got better and better as the match progressed as she thought and reacted to the supportive comments and encouragement from our coaches, Miss Weedall and Miss Jones. Many thanks to both the coaches and to Mrs Cooper who also refereed the match.

Our netballers have been practising, even in the cold weather, ready for the local tournament for the Winsford cluster of schools on February 25th. We have arranged a practice match against Over St John's on Monday 9th February for a squad of 8. Good luck if you have been chosen.

Unfortunately we had to cancel arrangements for the football tournament due to staff and pupil illness. Congratulations to the pupils who attended the training sessions.

Training starts tonight (by invitation only!) for the squad who will be representing us in this season’s FOOTBALL LEAGUE BOYSCUP (U11) 2015. This is part of Crewe Alexandra's Football in the Community Scheme and is an annual national competition. Good luck Willow Wood at the first round of games which take place on Thursday 22nd January at the Alexandra Soccer Centre .


Check out the Autumn newsletter from the Vale Royal School Sports Partnership which we have just recieved into school. It outlines events across the local area which we participate in, some new awards and an introduction from our PE and School Sport Coordinator for the Winsford area, Alex Waring, who some of you may be familiar with from the Academy. It is Mr Waring who organises many of our games and tournaments at local level. You can download the newsletter from the link at the bottom of this page.


Could you make small changes to make your lifestyle more active and healthy?

Some of our Year 3 children are taking up the challenge this term. Our Young Leaders in Year 5 will be challenging them every week and they will be keeping track of their progress in their personal log books. Check out our sports page in a few weeks to see how they are getting on...

  Launch of Change4Life



Year 5 and 6 mixed mini basketball tournament 21st November 2014

We had a super afternoon out at the basketball tournament at St Nicholas Catholic High School taking part in this Level 2 games competition. Although we didn't win we enjoyed the fast pace of five, 6 minute games, playing in teams of 5 at a time and including some year 4 players too. The players were yet again a credit to Willow Wood, playing with determination as they improved their game, learning skills and tactics very quickly through the afternoon. We took children both from our after school club basketball players and also our netball team. Our netballers are certainly looking formidable at the moment, their commitment to weekly practise certainly seems to be paying dividends!

Well done to our player of the afternoon, Thomas.


Year 3/4 Mixed 5-a side tournament 17th November 2014

Well done to our fabulous players from Year 3 and 4 who took part in this event at Moss Farm. They played 4 matches in the tournament, winning 1, drawing one and losing two, coming third out of five in their league. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download the final results table. Congratulations to St Wilfred's who will be representing us in the Finals.

The squad of 7 all played in the spirit of the games, showing determination, co-operation and above all playing as a TEAM, not just good individual players. Although we lost our friendly match to finish the tournament off they came back to school talking about what a super afternoon we had all enjoyed! Thanks to all those who came along and supported the pupils, it was great to see you all.


Mixed 7- a side football tournament 13th November 2014

A team from Year 6 took part in the first of three mini tournaments organised as part of the School Sports Partnership. The players were disappointed as this was the first time we have lost a match this season, but all credit to them and Team Captain, Charlie,  as they rallied around in our final friendly match against Darnhall, listening to each other and playing with  'team spirit'.

(Scroll down to the bottom of this page to open the final results tables.)

The email from Chris, our School Sports Partnership Lead (see below), really said everything about the event which was played in very challenging cold and windy weather!

Dear colleague
Thanks to all again for bringing your teams along yesterday afternoon. Despite the deterioration of conditions, the majority of matches were extremely closely contested which is great credit to your footballers. Rather than keep everyone until the end to award individual ‘Spirit of the Games’ awards, we chose instead to award all teams with a determination award! Your team’s certificate is attached – please pass on my genuine congratulations for their unwavering resolve! I will also being presenting a determination award to our leaders from Winsford Academy who did an excellent job!
Please find attached the results from the 2 mini-leagues and the following knockout/friendly stage. Best of luck to St Joseph’s who are now invited to represent us in the Cheshire finals on 29th January (invites will be issued by the Cheshire Schools’ FA in due course).
Yours in Sport
Chris Story
Partnership Development Manager

Team Captain, Charlie trying out in goal in our final friendly match against Darnhall.


Gifted and Talented Sportsmen and Women represent Willow Wood

Over half term, Ted, Kyle and Megan were hand-picked to participate in a sporting initiative organised by Vale Royal Sports Partnership. It was held at Hartford High School and was attended by talented children across Vale Royal.

Here is a blog written by Ted and Kyle

Monday 27th Oct

First, we started off with a game that was all about meeting new and talented people including Judd, Roger, Chris and Ian. The teachers and coaches taught us lots of new skills and tactics in athletics such as when running a relay race, always keep your strongest runner on the last leg. We also studied how big our footsteps were when running and jumping.

Next we moved onto Tag Rugby and we were taught that it is not always about the winning, but the taking part and learning that counts.

Finally, we finished with a team building activity where we had to make a tower out of straws - most of these were a failure!!!

Tuesday 28th Oct

We arrived at Hartford High School for our second day packed full of sports and learning. We started in the classroom where we wrote a booklet about our favourite sportsperson and ourselves. Next, we headed off to our groups (we were in different groups, Ted was in black group and Kyle in orange group). First Kyle went to play Dodgeball, whilst Ted went to do a Bleep Test. The second activity was Racket Ball for Kyle and Dodgeball for Ted. Finally, Kyle finished the day by competing the Bleep Test whilst Ted ended on Racket Ball.

We can't wait for February half-term when we go back for another 2 days packed full of sports - which we love!



After half term Change4Life clubs will start running, led by Mrs Jessop and a Team from Year 6. These will be by invitation only.... so make sure you reply quickly when your invitation comes along!


Play Leaders.

Many thanks to Mr Waring, from the Winsford Academy High School, who has been in school recently training a new team of playleaders. The children joined in enthusiatically and we now have a huge team of volunteers from Year 5 who will be working with Key Stage 1 at lunchtimes soon.

Cross Country Update

The Cross Country now looks likely to be rescheduled for March 2015. The children have been keen to take part in this so it looks like we will now have lots of opportunities to get some practice in!

Hi5 netball

Our Hi5 netball squad played an impressive game today. They analysed their game from last week and worked hard to improve their tactics. They were a credit to us, playing determinedly, listening to coaching from both staff and each other and above all playing in the spirit of friendship. Many thanks to Over St Johns for a very enjoyable game and to the parents and friends who came along to support us.

Final result

Willow Wood 7 Over St Johns 8

Well done to Sophie, who was again Player of the Match.

Unfortunately the cross-country was cancelled due to several school closures. Hopefully it will be rearranged.

Year 4 cross country runners are off to Winsford Academy on the 8th October and our return netball match with Over St Johns takes place on the 9th. Wish us luck!

Well done to our netball team who played their very first game against Over St Johns today.

The squad played very well, all learning from the match ready for next time! Although the result was disappointing for us we can't wait for the return match next week ...when we hope to score far more than today's two goals.

Well done to 'Players of the Match' Laila and Sophie.

Final result

Over St Johns 10- 2 Willow Wood








WOW - what a fabulous start to the season our Football squad has had.

We have played 3 games so far and have a very impressive unbeaten record!

Check out our news page for the results and pictures and check back later for our match reports.

Our netball squad will be playing their first game later this week against Over St Johns.

We wish them luck!

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