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Do you have a talented pupil, son or daughter who fancies writing a short seven-day, Monday-Sunday diary (60-100 words a day) about their sporting life both in and out of school. Email info@schoolsportmag.co.uk for further details

 

Rebecca Earl (Jan 2015)

 

Rebecca Earl is a sports scholar and talented golfer at Felsted School in Essex.

 

Rebecca, who plays off a handicap of five at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club, has been selected for the England U16 national golf squad.

 

She boards three nights a week, allowing her time to fit in her golf and other sports training, including time to train and attend matches.

 

Monday

 

My lessons start at 8.50am with French, quickly followed by PE. At the moment we are doing weight training which lasts 55 minutes. After dinner I spend half an hour practising my putting on my artificial putting green, before completing my homework.

 

Tuesday

 

Today starts with a GCSE PE lesson which is in the classroom learning about bones. After lunch, I leave school at 2pm and go to my golf club in Bishop’s Stortford. I’m finishing off my video on putting, which is part of my England Golf training. I return to school at 5.45pm to have tea and board for the night.

 

Wednesday

 

I leave school at 2pm with the U15 netball team to play Colfe’s School in Greenwich in the second round of the national cup. It’s a close match but we win 28-23 and I am named player of the match. On the way home we stop off for tea. Tonight is another boarding night for me.

 

Thursday

 

After lunch, it’s a sports afternoon, so leave at 2pm, go home and spend half an hour swing practice in the net before heading off to my England Golf one to one session in Hemel Hempstead.  I arrive early and have tea before I sit down with the Thames Valley England manager and coach. This session lasts one and a half hours where we go through my personal player development plan for the next couple of months. I also complete a player profile test. It’s late by the time I return home.

 

Friday

 

No sport today. Just Combined Cadet Force and our house song competition which is great fun and a real tradition at Felsted. It finishes at 9.30pm and I stay the night at school.

 

Saturday

 

I wake up early to pack my belongings before being collected from school. I then meet my friends at the golf club to play in a nine hole competition that is being run throughout the winter, followed by a couple of hours practising my putting and short game. I return home to complete my England homework and weekly practice plan, which I email to my England coach on a weekly basis.

 

Sunday

 

Today I’m meeting the Bishops Stortford ladies scratch team at the club before we travel to Hadley Wood golf club near Barnet to play in the county league finals. I lose my match on the final hole and our team end up losing 4-1 but they are all very tight games, going to the last hole. When                                                                                I finally arrive home I clean my clubs ready for my Essex Schools Championship the next day.

 

Katie Curtis

 

Katie Curtis is a 12-year-old pupil at St Faith’s School, Cambridge and a county cricketer, junior academy hockey player, national sprinter and a keen tennis player and netballer.

 

Monday

 

I have two hours of hockey with school and then go to my Cambridge & Coleridge Athletics club for an hour. Sometimes if my week proves a little busy this is the session I can miss as they are very accommodating about my sporting schedule.

 

Tuesday

 

I have to get up early to have my tennis lesson before school which is an hour long and always wakes me up for before my lessons as it is outside. A quiet day on the sporting front though.

 

Wednesday

 

Today I have hockey matches. We play Wisbech and beat them 4-0 which is a pleasing score but not as many as we would have hoped with the amount of pressure we exerted.

 

Thursday

 

I have swimming in my PE lesson and netball activity at the end of school.  

 

Friday

 

I have hockey for an hour to finish my school week and my dream is to play for England one day.  After school I have cricket nets with my coach to practise with my new bat for about an hour. I only do the odd bit of cricket at this time of year but the excitement of having a new bat is too much.

 

Saturday

 

Today I have a hockey tournament at St John’s playing for my school hockey team. This is a seven-a-side friendly school tournament. Our team win all four matches which is a great start to the season.

 

Sunday

 

I have training with my hockey club Cambridge City for an hour and then progress into my county junior development centre session which is two hours. It’s all good fun and I enjoy my big Sunday lunch all the more.

 

 

 

Sophie Langman

 

Sophie Langman is a pupil at the Royal High School, Bath and a talented all-round young sports woman.

 

Monday

 

It's Monday morning and my sports kit is packed for another busy week. I leave the house at 8am and won't be returning again until 10pm. After a few hours of draining lessons, I gather the energy for lunch time cross country club in preparation for the upcoming national schools biathlon championships. I stay in kit throughout my afternoon lessons ready for a quick dash up to Bath University for hockey club. With a rather speedy one hour break after hockey, I refuel and fit in some GCSE revision before diving into the pool for a gruelling training session with Bath Dolphins.

 

Tuesday

 

A quieter day up until 4pm where I attend netball training with the school team in preparation for regionals. I enjoy working as a team and improving from receiving constructive criticism from our coaches. After the quick team talk at the end of the session my taxi driver mum comes with hot dinner in the car ready for another two hour swimming session at the uni.

 

Wednesday

 

I look forward to working again with our school netball team. Our team spirit is at its peak as we focus on our regional competition. At the end of the school day I get home for my first evening meal at home of the week. But don't relax too much, I'm off again at 5.30pm to attend netball training, this time with Team Bath Netball Club. We train hard for matches every Sunday as we aim to come top in the league at the end of the season.

 

Thursday

 

Thursday usually gives me a day off sport during school and time to catch up on homework. But today I’m heading to UWE in Bristol after a 45 minute drive for county netball. This is based on more individual improvements, which I could then take back to both the school team and my Team Bath Team. Unfortunately, attending netball does mean missing out on a valuable swimming training session, so some weeks I switch to keep both sports in balance.

 

Friday.

 

Swimming, running, hockey and netball are my more competitive sports, but who doesn't love a bit of tennis. We have a knock around in the lunchtime tennis club, making sure our skills are top notch to secure wins for the school matches. If only I had more time for tennis I'd love to take it to a higher level. Friday after school I head to swim training for the final session of the week. We perfect our dives ready for the National Arena League next week, where I have the 100m butterfly to look forward to, along with the relays.

 

Saturday

 

I compete in both school and Team Bath matches and swimming galas and county, regional, national, whatever the level, I give 100% effort and perform to the best of my ability, for both myself and the team.

 

Sunday

 

I enjoy every second of each of the sports I compete in. With national and regional events coming up in netball, biathlon and swimming, I focus on perfecting my sports but also balancing my school work and socials with friends. Without sport I would be lost.

 

Lottie Trevethan

 

Lottie Trevethan is a pupil at The Downs School, Malvern and a keen modern pentathlete.

 

Monday

 

I train very hard in the sport of modern pentathlon which is running, swimming, fencing, shooting and riding and Monday is one of my busiest days. Double netball lesson at school is followed by tag rugby then homework and off to an hour of land training followed by an hour and a half of swim training. I swim for Ledbury Swim Club and my coaches there have really helped me improve my times recently.

 

Tuesday

 

Gymnastics at school today and a riding lesson afterwards. I am lucky enough to have my own pony Dylan but fitting all my sport in and keeping up with my schoolwork is always a balancing act. Luckily the school are very understanding and supportive. I have had Dylan for three years and he is absolute the best pony ever. I have a lovely riding teacher called Issy who gives me lessons most weeks to help improve all the elements of my riding.  She is very keen on dressage. I like it too but I like jumping as well. I am practising my shooting today as it is the weakest of my five disciplines. My dad has set up a target to practice on at home. I think it might have made the neighbours a bit nervous but I'm honestly not that bad.

 

Wednesday

 

School netball match today then off to ride Dylan again. We love the lighter evenings. I'm off to my fencing club in Malvern tonight. They are all so kind and supportive there. I get lots of useful tips from everyone. There is so much to learn with fencing. Tonight I was talking to a lovely man who was a commonwealth pentathlete. It’s nice to hear from someone who had experience in the sport.

 

Thursday

 

Cross country run today at school. I love my running so I find it fun. It's been a good season for me as I have won gold at the district trials and also at the West Mercian School Championships. Off to swim training tonight for an hour and a half. I'm working hard at my swimming and it is paying off as I swam a lifetime best of 32.88 in the 50m freestyle at the county championships recently.  

 

Friday

 

Double netball today at school and swim training again this evening. I am really pleased to receive an email saying I have been picked by the county selectors to represent Worcester at a swim gala.  Big shout to my swim coaches Lawrie, Stephen, Bev and Viv for helping me improve so much recently.

 

Saturday

 

Time for some shooting practice before I go off to school for fencing practice. Then a lovely jumping lesson with Dylan in the sunshine. Nerves kicking in a bit as this time in a couple of weeks I will be competing at the national schools biathlon championships at the Olympic Park and swimming in the Olympic pool. Brilliant opportunity for me but I do get really nervous.

 

Sunday

 

Off to Wycliffe College where I train on the Pentathlon GB development days. We have such a good time and get coached by amazing people in swimming, running, riding and fencing. I have a very busy life but I love the sport of modern pentathlon and my aim is to compete for my country in the next few years.  

 

Hannah Hateley

 

Hannah Hateley is a 13-year-old pupil at Weaverham High School in Cheshire, who was selected for the England orienteering team, competing in the 2013 Ward Junior Home International in South Wales.

 

Monday

 

I’m a bit tired today as I ran for my club (Deeside Orienteering Club) in the Peter Palmer Relay event at the weekend. This is a five-person relay that starts in the middle of the night so I didn’t get a lot of sleep. I do have enough energy for hockey practice at school though which I do purely for fun.

 

Tuesday

 

Orienteering is not just about fitness and running. It’s also about map reading. Today I look at some old maps of the Junior Home International competition areas as this gives me a feel for what to expect.  The individual area looks steep and physical, but the relay area looks more tricky and technical – which is what I like.

 

Wednesday

 

Mr Goodall, who teaches PE, suggests I try after-school running club to improve my fitness, so this is my first session.  

 

Thursday

 

I go to club training night. We do a selection of team challenges, exercises and fun games in a school gym and grounds with club-mates. I’m going tomorrow.  I pack my bags and make sure I have my overnight stuff, compass, electronic ‘dibber’ and lots of warm clothes. I’m beginning to feel really nervous.

 

Friday

 

Only the morning at school, then I’m picked up by the minibus that’s collecting all the squad members from the north of England. We are staying at Pencelli Outdoor Centre and I am sharing a room with Fiona who is a friend from down south. I get my England top. It looks great but is a bit baggy on me. How proud am I?

 

Saturday

 

It’s the individual race at Mynydd, Llangattock. I am right. It is steep and hard. I take it steady and am doing OK but lose time near the end at a control in the bracken and then struggle on the uphill finish. I finish sixth out of 15, but English girls are first and third, so we just pip Scotland in my age-class.  At night all the teams get together and dance at a ceilidh.

 

Sunday

 

It’s the relay race at Clydach Terrace and I’m doing the second leg in the England fourth team. I have a good run and catch up many of the leading teams who are struggling near the spectator control. We finish third and England fill the top three places. Wicked. England win overall. It’s a great experience and I’ve got another year in this age-group so hopefully I will get selected again in 2014.

 

 

Mollie Rouse

 

Mollie Rouse is a 15-year-old pupil at Stratford upon Avon School, who also plays football for Aston Villa and England.

 

She recently took time out from her studies to take part in the UEFA U17 Euro finals.

 

Monday

 

An important day for our England squad today in the European Women’s U17 championships. We need a win after losing to Italy 1-0 and beating Austria 2-1. My school came to watch and were really supportive. Luckily we beat Portugal 6-1 after a good performance and I opened the score around the tenth minute.

 

Tuesday

 

It’s the day after the game and it’s a rest day at St Georges Park. It’s a very good home base for the squad here and we love the facilities it supplies us.

 

Wednesday

 

Today we prepare for the game against Spain tomorrow. We have a light training session with an ice bath following it. The ice bath is a good way for us to recover and it’s a crazy experience.

 

Thursday

 

Semi-final against Spain. We face a strong opponent and fight hard against them. However the game doesn’t go our way and we lose 3-0. Still it was a great experience to face one of the best teams in Europe.

 

Friday

 

We now rest after the very tiring game against Spain. We are now playing for third place which is a World Cup qualifying spot in Costa Rica. But first we have to lift our feet up as we have had four games and we are starting to feel achy.

 

Saturday

 

A lot of preparation today. Once again one training session with an ice bath after. We are facing Italy again and are determined for a win as they scraped a goal in the last five minutes when we played them in the group stage.

 

Sunday

 

Last day of the Euros. We pack our bags and take it on the bus as we go home with our parents after the game. I feel nervous as it’s the final game and I want to qualify for the World Cup. It was end to end football for both teams with nothing between them but no goals were scored. This lead to penalties which sadly didn’t go our way. We came fourth out of eight teams in this year’s Euros, which was better than everyone expected and we never gave up. Now I get to go home after the best experience of my life. I am happy to see my school friends, Villa team and family. However I will miss this a lot.

 

 

Harrison King

 

Harrison King is a year 11 student at The FitzWimarc School in Essex, who plays rugby for Saracens.

 

Sunday

 

My week starts with what I love best rugby. I go to Westcliff Rugby Club and we train and play a game. I have a different group of friends from the ones I have at school and we really enjoy ourselves. In the afternoon I chill out then make sure I’ve done any homework for Monday and Tuesday lessons.

 

Monday

 

After school my dad drives me to Allianz Park, the training ground for the Saracens Elite Player Development Group, where I belong to a different team. Training is from 6-9pm. As part of the EPDG, I receive expert rugby coaching and I get the opportunity to train and play games in the U16s and also the U18s Academy league, where I have the chance to play alongside England youth players. Occasionally during the first part of the rugby season, I attend Essex County training or a national training camp where selected Academy members receive specialist training from national rugby coaches.

 

Tuesday

 

Before school I attend the fitness suite as part of my strength and conditioning programme, which takes about 40 minutes.  I start my regular school day at 8.20am. After school I coach junior students and help organise game fixtures.

 

Wednesday

 

I have J.A.D. (junior athlete development programme) that lasts 40 minutes before school and have a one hour PE lesson during school time. Then I do my 40 minute pre-habilitation programme (stretching) after school. It’s a tiring day, full of stretching, but this conditioning helps me stay fit and ensures I recover quickly from fatigue and injury.

 

Thursday

 

After school I go to Westcliff RFC training from 7-8.30pm and enjoy meeting up with friends from all the other local schools.

 

Friday

 

During a school break, I get a visit from either a coach/physiotherapist as part of the England Rugby Academy Programme. They run through tests with me and make sure I’m happy with how I’m progressing.

 

Saturday

 

I just rest and chill out with my friends. We go to the cinema and hang out at the park.

 

 

Emily Williams

 

Emily Williams is a year 8 pupil at Truro High School and a promising pentathlete, already ranked in the top ten in the UK for her age group.

 

Monday

 

After lunch I teach my friend Thea how do to high jump for sports day on Wednesday. At 3.45pm I leave straight from school with my mum to travel to Birmingham for the National Schools Athletic Championships. Arrive at hotel just outside Birmingham. Supper of sausages, mash and peas then 9.30pm bed.

 

Tuesday

 

We leave the hotel at 10.30am to get to the Alexander Stadium. The stadium has been used the week before for a major international athletic meeting so all the televisions and marquees are still up. We find our area, which is organised by Kelly College, and get my competition number 5. A ham sandwich for lunch then the girls’ U13 high jump with twelve other competitors. I clear 1.36m which is a personal best (PB) and puts me in sixth place. At 4.45 I am called up for the U13 800m race, I am in the first heat and do another PB at 2m33s and finished eight out of 22.  We leave the stadium at 6pm after stocking up with sandwiches, crisps and apples and arrive home at 10.30pm and go straight to bed.

 

Wednesday

 

Sports day. I am competing in the high jump and 800m. The high jump is first and I clear 1.41m - a personal best and a school record. The 800m is next. I run it in 2m47s, another school record. I am also down for the discus, which I hadn’t realised, but manage to throw 15.49m and come second. 8.30 supper of pasta with tomato sauce and a banana then bed.

 

Thursday

 

Speech day and prize giving then a one hour drive to Porth Valley, Newquay for a Four Burrow Pony Club cross-country training session. The two hour session goes very well and I jump one of the scariest fences on the course, an unfinished bridge, which has a huge drop. Fish and chips on the way home then bed at 11pm.

 

Friday

 

Unload the tack from mum’s car, check the ponies and give them a brush. My sister’s birthday party so lunch of sandwiches, crisps, salad, strawberries and birthday cake. Then start packing for the school water sports trip to the Ardeche. We leave Sunday morning at 7.30 from school. There are several things I still need so mum has asked me to write a list.

 

Saturday

 

Muck out stables and bring ponies in from field.  I then ride Airday. She’s only 13.2 hands high and a little small for me now but I have to keep her fit until my sister can ride her. A short run at 6pm then attempt some press-ups for my county netball summer training programme.

 

Sunday

 

Check the ponies and brush them.  Run at a least a mile looking for my dog Noddy. At 6pm I have swimming training with the Four Burrow Pony Club at Truro School. We do about 45 lengths and work on our tumble turns.

 

Sophie Pennick

 

Sophie Pennick is a pupil at Heathfield School in Ascot

 

Monday

 

My busy week kicks off early in the morning with a double period of GCSE theory lessons. The rest of my PE class and I umpire the younger years netball matches to gain more knowledge of the game and to practise for our GCSE. I go to the gym after school to get some exercise to get fit for lacrosse.

 

Tuesday

 

At the end of the day I have a double session of lacrosse. We have to train extra hard this week as we are representing the school at the nationals. I am also being assessed for my lacrosse GCSE.

 

Wednesday

 

I have the option of going to the gym to work on my fitness. I also have my GCSE PE practical lesson and we work on skills in lacrosse or another chosen sport. To finish the day, I have a netball match against local schools and this week it’s the U16 Ascot schools tournament.

 

Thursday

 

I have lessons all through the day. But to end the day I get some fresh air on the pitch in my lacrosse double training session. Straight after this I then have a netball training session after school to get in some extra practise in my shooting skills and to practise with my teammates.

 

Friday

 

I don’t have a PE lesson but have a double free study period after lunch break and plenty of free time after school to go to the gym.

 

Saturday

 

Every weekend there is a lacrosse match at ten in the morning which we have to be bright and buzzy for. We play against many local schools as well as tougher oppositions out of the area.

 

Sunday

 

Sunday is my time to relax and catch up on work and be prepared for the following week. I also would go to the gym to work on my fitness.

 

 

Grace Calam

 

Grace Calam is a pupil at Sir William Ramsay School in High Wycombe and a talented hockey goalkeeper.

 

Monday

 

We play a mixed game of basketball during our GCSE PE lesson and then an hour’s badminton during Btech sport. We do a warm up of rallies with a partner then practise skills, shots and techniques, followed by a game. We have dance practice for our Rock Challenge competition during breaktime and afterschool. In the evening I have an indoor hockey match.

 

Tuesday

 

Our one-hour GCSE dance lesson comprises individual dance routines then after school there’s more practice for the Rock Challenge competition. Hockey training in the evening with the ladies 1st and 2nd team. The session includes warm up, fitness, stretches, skills and a game.

 

Wednesday

 

More dance practice after school for the Rock Challenge competition. Then between 5.15 and 7.15pm, I take a mixed group of four girls (U12 & U14) and coach them in hockey goalkeeping. I plan these sessions myself. Afterwards it’s an hour and a half of U16 hockey training with my age group squad as well as having some separate goalkeeper training. The session includes warm up, skills, techniques and a game.

 

Thursday

 

Our GCSE PE lesson comprises a fitness test and multi-stage fitness tests etc. We then have a three-hour dance practice for the Rock Challenge competition in place of normal lessons. In the evening it’s advanced goalkeeper training. The session includes warm up, fitness, stretches, skills and techniques that improve speed and agility, diving and smothering.

 

Friday

 

Our GCSE dance lesson comprises individual dance routines then after school we have an extra GSCE PE practical lesson. Bucks county hockey training takes place for ninety minutes in the evening, training with the squad and goalkeeper-specific training.

 

Saturday

 

I play a hockey match every Saturday with a ladies team. The match is 70 minutes long but we arrive 45 minutes prior to the match for warm up and practice.

 

Sunday

 

I play in a match for the U16 team.

 

 

Josh Dare

 

Josh Dare is a year 11 pupil at Kings School in Winchester and a wheelchair basketball player at school, club and regional level.

 

Monday

 

It’s the start of the mock exam week which means I have two English exams today. But my last lesson of the day is PE. Luckily for me, the rugby lesson is called off due to the bad weather so it’s basketball instead. After a warm up and a few drills we go into matches. A great way to finish the day.

 

Tuesday

 

Knowing that I have a busy week ahead with exams, I decide that today is my rest day. I finish my maths exam and meet with the school physiotherapist so I can go through my stretching programme. Then it’s off home for an evening of revision.

 

Wednesday

 

No exams today but plenty of training to catch up on. I have my second PE lesson of the week, this time in the fitness suite working on my upper body strength. I’m lucky that the school gym is wheelchair accessible so I can use all the equipment. After school I help coach at the school’s wheelchair basketball club with the younger children. It’s one of my favourite sessions of the week as I can just have a bit of fun and relax. I help some of the younger kids with their dribbling and shooting skills and then finish with a game.

 

Thursday

 

I have one to one coaching after school and it’s the day of the week I don’t look forward to normally because my coach Mr Kendall makes me do so much fitness work. After the fitness session (which he says is just a warm up) we work on my movement and speed around the court. We finish with some shooting practice.

 

Friday

 

Today I have my history exam, the final one of the week. Then after school I go home to change and go straight back out to my club training with Blackhawks in Farnborough. It’s gone ten by the time I get home so straight to bed as I have an early start tomorrow.

 

Saturday

 

I always look forward to the weekends as I get to focus solely on my basketball. I’m up early and then travel over to Newbury to continue with my training for the U19 league with Newbury Kings. Being one of the youngest in the age group, training is hard work, but I enjoy the chance to get one over on the older boys in the squad. Once I get back, it’s a quick shower and change then out to meet some friends.

 

Sunday

 

I make the most of a chance for a lie-in and then it’s back over to Farnborough for a double training session, first for the regional U19 session at 3pm and then a general training session at 6pm. By the end of training though I’m really tired. It’s been a busy week and I will have it all to do again next week, minus a few exams.

 

 

Jacob Buckley

 

Jacob Buckley is a pupil at Raven’s Wood School in Bromley, Kent

 

Monday

 

Rugby at lunch time. We play small sided games of touch to try and improve our basic skills and game play. I enjoy this as I enjoy playing quick rugby like the All Blacks. Double PE after lunch which involves lots of different sports like football, volleyball and handball.  After school I have football training for my club Welling United. I play in the midfield where I can make lots of passes and runs. Football training starts at 7pm and finishes at 8.30pm.

 

Tuesday

 

I have basketball training for the school team at lunch time in the sports hall where we practise all of our basic skills like passing, dribbling and lay-ups. I enjoy basketball as it is very fast moving and keeps me on my toes. After school I have football training for the school football team. We usually play conditioned games where we focus on different ways of playing such as playing wide or playing quickly with only a few touches. We have a strong football team at the school and have won all of our games with our biggest victory being 12-1.

 

Wednesday

 

Before school I play basketball, starting at 7.20 and finishes at 8.25. We practise our basic skills and also do more game specific training.  After school, I have rugby training where we work on our contact skills like tackling and rucking. Although I play at fly half, I love tackling. Our school team is very good and we have won four out of five games so far this year.

 

Thursday

 

At lunchtime, I have basketball training where we try to learn our different plays and our specific positions. After school we have football training.

 

Friday

 

At lunchtime we have football training, which is a light session as we have played the night before. Mr Beaumont makes us think about how we played the night before and how we can improve for the following game. After school, I have rugby training for the school team. This is a light session where we work on our basic passing and running with the ball skills, as we have a game on Saturday morning so don’t want to be injured.  After rugby training, I travel over to the Priory School for football training with Welling United. Here we work on game specific areas such as our structure and how we pass the ball around. This session lasts from 7pm until 8.30pm.

 

Saturday

 

It’s school rugby which has a great atmosphere and we have lots of supporters watching. Afternoon and evening is spent relaxing with my friends and family.

 

Sunday

 

A rugby festival for my team Old Elthamians. We travel all over Kent each week and there are lots of different teams competing.

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