As we reach the midway point of my first term as Director of Sport I wanted to highlight some of the successes that your children and the department have already achieved. As a school we have played 118 fixtures including football, netball, hockey, swimming and cross country. Every single pupil in Years 3 to 8 has represented the school in at least one of those sports.

We continue to punch above our weight and recent successes have seen the U11 Girls’ Cross-Country team win the East Grinstead Primary School event at East Court. The U10 Hockey girls picked up a bronze medal at the Worth tournament whilst the U11 girls earned a bronze at Lancing College and silver at Hurst. On the football pitch the 1st VI followed up their Plate runners-up spot at Brambletye with a Plate win at the Copthorne 6-a-side tournament.

Success can be measured in many ways; silverware, tournament placings, skill development, participation levels and enjoyment. We all play sport for different reasons so let’s celebrate each of these successes. As a department we strive to remain competitive but we also value the importance of development and enjoyment. Come match day, let’s remember that it is the children’s game, so let them play. Parents should not “coach” from the side-lines but should support, encourage and praise the skilful play from both teams.

I am already looking forward to the second half of term which promises to bring more success, however you want to measure it.

Mr Ansboro