On Monday 26th March, the Year 6 Netball Team went to Ashton on Mersey School to compete in a netball tournament with ten other schools across South Trafford. Park Road played against six of the teams, won five and with a total of 20 points, managed to get into the semi-finals. The five teams included Brooklands B1 & B2, St Joesphs and Acre Hall. In the semi-finals, Park Road drew against Wood Hayes but had to play on until the next team scored in extra time. Unfortunately for Park Road, Wood Hayes managed to score before Park Road in Golden Goal and went on to the finals. Park Road had a great time taking part in the tournament and hope to do better next time.
On Wednesday 28th March the Boys Football Team travelled to Elmridge Primary School to play a 2nd leg friendly match. The match was a tight affair compared to the first leg, a goal-fest 4-4 at Park Road. Both teams played some excellent football with passing and dribbling across the midfield taking up the majority of play. After only a couple of minutes a direct and clever thrugh ball from DZ allowed HS to sprint into space, beat his marker and tuck the ball home comfortably into the corner of the net, 1-0 to Park Road. A couple of excellent tackles from OL and TK prevented Elmridge from making their way into the Park Road box. The remainder of the first half saw Elmridge break through the Park Road defence twice, before AP in goal sprinted to beat the attackers to the ball and clear the danger. AK showed some flashy touches on the far side beating two defenders in the process just before the half time whistle.
The second half saw a similar game to the first, both sides competing for possession and working hard to create chances inside the opponents area. Shots at goal for both teams were slightly off target as Elmridge pushed for an equaliser whilst Park Road looked to hit them on the break. The game eventually came to an end after a hard fought encounter with both teams putting their all in. Full time, 1-0 to Park Road.
On Friday 23rd March the girls football team played two terrific matches. The first game was against Forest School and it was an excellent start to the evening, winning 3-0. IF completed a great assist allowing NP to score an outstanding first goal, TB was there the whole time and kept the ball in the other teams half the majority of the game. MG, LM and AH showed some wonderful teamwork and hardly let the ball get near the net. KD made some good saves and kept a clean sheet throughout the game. AH saw that they were coming dangerously close to the net and made a superb interception. LM and MG made some great tackles and kicked the ball away from the net every time it got close to going in. TB and IF did some excellent passing: getting the ball past the half-line. IF booted it toward NP, who made a great touch and scored yet another cracking goal. The match ended. Park Road had won against Forest 3-0 and we were thrilled with the results.
The final match we played was a very challenging match. At the begging, KD made some fantastic saves. NP, IF and TB raced ahead with the ball, IF crossed it to NP and NP kicked it straight into the net, another brilliant goal. After a while, another goal was scored by NP. KD saved some more shots at her goal but managed to keep them out. MG, LM and AH ensured there was some outstanding defending and in the end we won 2-0 against Heyes Lane.
On Friday 23rd March the children and staff of Park Road Academy took part in the Mini Olympics on the school field. The School Council set the challenge for all children to attend each of the eight stations in one hour and for all children to successfully complete a specific task on each of the stations. The events included Olympic sports such as volleyball, hockey, football, javelin, the high jump and of course an obstacle course! The children were sponsored to complete the event to raise money for the charity Sport Relief. Well done to all of the children who have raised money for this wonderful event and to those still continuing to raise money and bring this in to school.
On Thursday 15th March the girl’s football team played in a tournament at Altrincham Leisure Centre and played 3 matches. Each match was 7 minutes long, which meant the girl’s had a lot of pressure put on them during the games. The first intense game they played they drew 1-1 with Broomwood after NP scored a cracking goal that the goalkeeper had no chance of saving. AH and LM did some remarkable defending and kept the ball away from the net numerous times. Unfortunately, Broomwood got past the defenders (AH and LM) and scored. Unfortunately KD didn’t manage to save it. The next match Park Road unluckily lost 1-0 against St.Vincents. NP, IF and TB all got so close to brilliant goals but they wouldn't go in. KD tried very hard but couldn’t save the shot that St. Vincents had. KD did save some other shots that could’ve gone in however. The final match was unluckily lost 2-0 against Willows. AH and LM did a wonderful job at keeping the ball away but then Willows got past them and took a powerful shot that went into the net. NP attempted some amazing well-aimed shots but none of them managed to get past the Willow’s goalkeeper. After a while, the girls were so tired that no matter how hard they tried they couldn’t stop the Willows scoring another goal. Although the girls came third in their group, they put on some excellent performances.
Written by KD in Year 6
Park Road Academy Girl’s Football Team played a friendly against the Willows on Tuesday 13th March. It was an excellent game and Park Road fortunately won. NP scored the first goal with an amazing shot no goalkeeper could have saved. Knowing that NP had scored a goal, the girls played fiercely throughout the whole game. Just before it was the end of the first half, NP took a brilliant shot and it went in. The girls played an astonishing second half, although no goals were scored KD made some great saves; NP, IF and TB all had some incredible shots but they didn’t manage to score; AH, MG and LM also contributed to some wonderful defending. The Willows tried so hard to get at least one goal but they couldn’t because the girls played remarkably well when defending. The overall score was 2-0 and the girls deserved the win.
Written by KD Year 6
Park Road Academy played against Oldfield Brow on Friday 9th March. It was an amazing game and won by park Road, 5-3. DZ started the game off with an amazing goal in the bottom right corner. Then Oldfield Brow attacked more and defended much better. JB ran down the line and scored an brilliant goal making it 2 – 0. Park Road scored two excellent goals by DZ and JB which one of them went in the top right corner. Making it 4-0 to Park Road at the end of the first half.
At the start of the second half, Park Road conceded an early goal. Everyone was concerned but fortunately the score was still 4 – 1. As Park Road continued to attack, Oldfield Brow took the ball on the counter and scored a second goal. Oldfield Brow continued to push for a comeback but fortunately HS scored a super goal making it 5 – 2. Park Road kept their heads up until AK who accidently went into the box which gave them a free kick. The defence tried their best to block the shot, but Oldfield Brow took it quickly and got it passed the defenders and AP in goal. They had a few chances but AP managed some important blocks. The final whistle blew. Park Road Academy 5-3 Oldfield Brow. We would like to thank Mr Smart for organising the event and his continued support.
Written by DZ and AP of Year 6
Park Road Academy went to Altrincham Leisure Centre to play in the Boys Year 5 Altrincham Indoor Tournament. The first match was played against Broomwood. VA scored a well-placed finish from outside the boxto make it 1-0. However, later on in the game Broomwood equalised to make the final score 1-1. The next game was played against Broadheath. VA scored another clever finish to win the match 1-0. We then played Altrincham Prep with a chance to go through to the semi-final stage of the competition, but unfortunately Park Road lost 1-0. The boys came 2nd in the group stage and were pleased with their performance.
Written VA and OL
Park Road 0 – 3 St Ambrose
Park Road began the tournament with a tough game against eventual group winners St Ambrose. Park Road matched them for around half the match with F.L making some excellent tackles and blocks and D.Z making some great saves. Park Road never really threatened to score and St Ambrose’s extra strength and height proved the difference. Two goals in quick succession cost Park Road who never recovered fully again. St Ambrose scored one more goal at the end meaning the score ended 0-3.
Park Road 0 - 0 Heyes Lane
After a short break Park Road returned to the pitch this time to play Heyes Lane. We knew we had to get something from this game to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages. The game was in the balance in the early stages with both teams failing to get many shots on goal in the early period of the game. D.W played some good balls up the left hand side trying to find A.N who had some shots threatening the goalkeeper. F.L defended valiantly again whilst D.Z made some crucial saves. Park Road grew into the game rapidly and tested the goalkeeper often but Heyes Lane defended well and survived the game to keep the scores level.
Park Road 0 – 1 Alty Prep B
An all or nothing last game for Park Road: win, advance to the knockout stages, lose, and get sent home. Again Park Road played as well as them and matched them in attack and defence. F.L now on the right of midfield contributed in attack as well as defence with some well-aimed shots testing the keeper. Alty Prep B looked good in attack but Park Road frustrated them for most of the game. A.N then struck wide after the ball had bounced off the back wall and Alty Prep broke on the counter. They manoeuvred the ball well up the field and struck a powerful shot past D.Z into the bottom corner. Try as they might, Park road failed to score and lost 0 - 1.
We would like to thank Mr Smart for taking us.
Written by A.N and F.L
On the 22nd of February 2018 the Park Road Academy Girl’s Football Team played a friendly at home to Altrincham CofE Primary School. The game was a hard-fought affair with the majority of play being in the Park Road half. Park Road used this opportunity to test their defensive skills against the best in the league. The girls showed great resilience despite conceding an early three goals and continued to work hard to get back into the game. KD produced some ‘Player of the Match’ deserving saves from an abundance of efforts and chances on goal. Well done to Altrincham CofE for their excellent display and for Park Road Academy for never giving up.
On Tuesday 20th February the Park Road Academy Sports Stars attending an additional training session to support them in their role as a Sports Star and Sports Leader across the school. The children were introduced to some more of the fundamentals and key parts of coaching and sports leadership that they will continue to use in the future. The children also planned, prepared and observed a variety of sports session ideas for the upcoming Fred the Red Fun Day that will take place in June. The Sports Stars are going to use their new understanding and skills to improve and develop sessions at school before taking them to the fun day. Good luck Sports Stars!
The match started well but unfortunately we conceded a goal so it was 1-0 to Elmridge during the first half. But slowly we overcame them in the second half. HS was running on a counter attack when his shot fortunately deflected off the goalkeeper back to himself before he scored a simple finish in the bottom left corner, 1-1. Park Road unfortunately missed a few chances. But when CL ran all the way up the right side, he managed a brilliant through ball into HS which he then scored in the bottom right corner, 2-1. Later on in the second half JB ran on the left side then cut in and confused there defenders before playing in a through ball to HS who scored on the right hand side, 3-1 to Park Road.
But unfortunately the Park Road defenders got into a pickle before AP ran up to get the ball but the Elmridge striker shot into the bottom right corner, 3-2 to Park Road. Elmridge managed another counter attack and unfortunately scored, 3-3. OL passed back to the goalkeeper but the ball went under his foot because of a dip in the ground, 4-3 to Elmridge with minutes to go. Park Road kicked off before OL shot from the halfway line and scored an absolutely amazing screamer into the top right corner to make it 4-4! Then Elmridge had a last chance opportunity but goalkeeper AP kicked the ball away for a throw in before the referee called the final whistle. End Result 4-4.
On Friday 2nd February the Year 5 and Year 6 children participated in the Altrincham FC Winter Tournament. The tournament was a mixed tournament meaning that teams were made of boys and girls. The team gave it everything during the first game with a successful 3-0 win over Cloverlea in the first game. The second game was a tight affair ending 0-0 against Stamford Park. The last group game ended with an unfortunate but deserved win for Oldfield Brow 2-0, with some excellent play from their attacking three. Park Road managed to finish 2nd in the group and progress to the semi-finals, before being beaten by the eventual winners Oldfield Brow 1-0. The Park Road side progressed to the 3rd Place Playoff against Cloverlea and won their final game of the tournament with a hard-fought 1-0 win. Well done to everybody who took part in the Winter Tournament!
On Friday 2nd February the girl’s football team played three league games. The first match was extremely close and fortunately won. We played against Well Green and we won 4-3. NP scored all the goals and all the other players helped and played really well. The first goal that NP scored was in the top corner. Enthusiastically, we all cheered for the amazing goal she had scored.
The second match we played (it was against St Vincents) we tried very hard but we unfortunately lost. The overall score for the second match was 0-2. The defenders (AH and LM) tried very hard but the other team just managed to get through. KD (the goalkeeper) tried very hard and made some great saves but sadly let the second in. The midfielders and the striker (NP, IF and TB) had some terrific opportunities and some on target but couldn’t manage to score.
The last match was so close but we were so exhausted and lost 1-0 to Cloverlea. We think that we all played very well and we all enjoyed it
Written by KD and NP.
Park Road 1 – 4 St Vincent’s
Park Road kicked off their final round of league matches of the season with a defeat against St. Vincent’s. Park Road conceded two early goals with one of them flying past R.L. Park Road didn’t concede again in the first half although there were some close calls. A lucky break for Park Road helped N.C break through and bag the first goal of the match and season for Park Road. Park Road struggled to keep up the momentum and we were forced back further and further until we struggled to keep them out for any longer. St. Vincent’s scored two more goals in quick succession meaning any chances of a Park Road comeback were long gone.
Park Road 1 – 3 Stamford Park
Park Road were hopeful of a result against a mid-table Stamford Park team. Unfortunately, we underestimated them and again conceded two early goals. Park Road continued to battle and managed to hold them off. Early pressure in the second half caused Stamford Park some unease. N.C latched onto a long ball which he fired into the back of the net. This goal boosted the confidence of all the Park Road players and suddenly we were performing rapid counter attacks. Every time we shot at goal the ball continuously narrowly missed. Stamford Park took advantage of how high Park Road were up the pitch and scored with great ease after splitting the defence.
Park Road 0 – 3 Navigation
This was Park Road’s crunch game. Park Road were determined not to concede early and managed to do that with some near misses and good saves by the keeper D.Z. Then Navigation struck the bar, then the post and then struck wide. Just as we were getting into the game Navigation opened up the defence and a good shot beat the keeper D.Z. Soon after that first goal, Navigation struck again with another good shot. Park Road started to create more and more chances with H.A finding space in difficult positions. Like most goals that night Navigation caught us on the counter and scored for the third time.
Overall season review
Park Road had some talented players playing for them and used them well, but were caught out on the counter too many times. Although we finished last we played some excellent football and enjoyed every minute of it. We would like to thank Mr Smart and Mr Richards for constantly supporting and believing in us even when times were tough. Although the results weren’t the best, everyone who took park enjoyed the season.
Written by F.L and A.N of Year 6
On Wednesday 24th January 2018 Park Road Academy went to Ashton-on-Mersey School for the Sports Hall Athletics Competition. There were eight schools competing with each student competing in two track and two field events. The winner of the heat would go on to compete in the Trafford Finals with each school as determined as each other. Park Road started brilliantly with 4 girls winning the obstacle relay. The boys kept up the impressive performances with a second place also in the obstacle relay. Park Road continued to impress in both track and field events with a stunning jump by F.L in the vertical jump. D.W also impressed in the javelin with some excellent throws. Park Road were unlucky at times especially in the races as they were easily as quick as most runners but couldn’t push for a top three finish after some slow starts. In the end Park Road finished 4th out 7 which was a good effort. We had a good time and everyone put in impressive performances. We would like to thank Mr Smart and Miss Daine for taking us.
Written by F.L and A.N of Year 6
On Wednesday 17th of January, we participated in the swimming gala. The girls came 9th overall and the boys came 6th overall. It was a great experience and hopefully next year we will do even better. It almost seemed like we finished all of our races in 3rd place. There were great schools and we were all proud to represent Park Road in the Sale Swimming Gala. The competition was out of 12 schools and we were proud of where we finished. We earned participation certificates for our efforts.
Written by Yomna in Year 5
On Friday 12th January the girls’ football team went to Oldfield Brow and played a friendly match. It was a good game but Oldfield Brow won 2-1. All the girls played very well and even though we didn’t win we were still happy with the way we played. The first goal was by NP and then Oldfield Brow scored one just before halftime. In the second half Oldfield Brow took a shot and unfortunately managed to score. We had many on target shots in the second half but Oldfield Brow’s goalkeeper managed to save them all. KD made some good saves and fortunately managed to keep the score at 2-1. EH and LM did some amazing defending and kept the ball away from the goal. Nancy had some terrific shots, and all the midfielders played really well as well.
Written by Nancy in Year 6
Park Road Academy 0 – 0 Heyes Lane
Park Road were still searching for the first league point of the season before they went into the game against Heyes Lane. Park Road starting off brilliantly by dominating possession in the opposition’s half. F.L kept putting in crosses but unfortunately no one could get on the end of them. As the first half was nearing the end, Heyes Lane started to find their feet and pushed forwards constantly threatening the Park Road goal but the whole team responded brilliantly especially C.B and V.A. Park Road started the second half in the same way as the first half but Heyes Lane battled hard and prevented the goal which was coming. N.C was exceptional in the second half with many shots on goal but still the ball wouldn’t go in the net. Heyes Lane had an opportunity right at the end of the second half but Park Road stopped any of the chances going in. A well-deserved point for Park Road but if they took their chances they could have won.
Park Road Academy 0 – 5 Broadheath
After the battling performance in the first game Park Road began the game against Broadheath full of confidence but unfortunately Broadheath took the lead with a well taken chance. Park Road continued to play well and again N.C went close. But Broadheath provided to be too strong in the end for Park Road.
Written by Alex in Year 6
On Thursday 16th November two lucky children were taken to Manor Academy in Sale to participate in a sports activity festival. The children enjoyed a morning that included archery, trampolining, hockey, table tennis and other target sports ran by the wonderful students at Manor Academy. A brilliant event, well done boys!
Park Road got off to an unlucky start conceding a goal within two minutes. Park Road tried to fight back but couldn’t thanks to some excellent saves from their goalkeeper. Mr Smart then made two substitutions; D.W and F.L were brought on. Park Road had several attacks but failed to get the ball in the back of the net. As the second half began Park Road knew they could make a comeback. Several attacks were made but then Willows quickly scored again. Park Road defended well but failed to score. We were disappointed when we heard the final whistle but we knew we had given 100%.
Written by F.L in Year 6
This half-term Park Road Academy have launched the Sport Stars leaders as part of our commitment to active healthy lifestyles and to giving children the opportunity to lead and officiate sports and PE activities during lunchtimes. The four leaders chosen to lead our Sport Stars were part of a special workshop day where they received training at Old Trafford recently. The leaders are looking forward to delivering sessions and helping run and feedback on sports and PE provision across the school. The leaders are also looking forward to adding recruits to their team in the near future. Good luck Sport Stars!
Over the past few weeks in PE and Sport lessons the children have been learning about strategies and tactics in a competitive environment and how these influence and affect a game, particularly with a focus on hockey. On Thursday the children put their learning into action in small-sided hockey competitions and multi-skills competitions and competed in their house groups. The hockey games saw plenty of action and goals as Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 battled it out amongst the house groups in short but intense and competitive games. A huge well done to all those children who competed and showed such wonderful commitment for their teams and houses!
On Tuesday 17th October, four children were chosen to go to Old Trafford Football Stadium to receive special training on sports leadership workshops and how sports could be developed within their school. The ‘Sport Stars’ that were chosen attended the event and worked hard as a team to think of and design games that could be taken back to school and used on the playground ready for in their own sessions. The children also created a plan of action that will help inspire and develop PE and Sport in Park Road as part of their leadership qualification.
Our Sport Stars were also treated to two inspirational talks by Special Olympic Athlete Kiera Byland and Paralympic Athlete Carly Tait who discussed their stories and the importance of sport in school. The day also included a very exclusive stadium tour around Old Trafford the home of Manchester United.
On Tuesday 10th October the girl’s football team played in a tournament at Wellington School and played incredibly well. At the start we tried hard but weren’t very successful. Later on in the tournament we started getting better and better. On our second to last match we drew 1-1 against Willows. Everyone played amazingly and thanks to Nancy’s terrific goal we managed to draw. On our last match we did even better and we won 4-0! Nancy scored all the goals and thanks to Lucy and Emilia’s defending and everyone’s amazing efforts, we won.
Written by Katie in Year 6
A huge congratulations to Lewis in Year 5 after competing in the National Tae Kwon-Do Championships over the weekend of the 14-15th of October. Lewis sparred in the 10-12 age category and finished a fantastic runner-up! Everybody is very proud of his achievement and look forward to further success in Tae Kwon-Do. Well done Lewis!
On Friday the 6th of October the girls played two matches for the league games and did extremely well. The first match that we played was against Altrincham C of E and we drew 0-0. It was very challenging and all the girls played amazingly. Emilia did some impressive defending and did some great tackling and passing. Jessica and Tilly did some amazing passing. Nancy had some great shots but unfortunately didn’t manage to score. Katie did some terrific saves and kept the score 0-0.
The last match that we played was against Stamford Park and we unfortunately lost 2-1. Jess and Nancy showed amazing teamwork by Jess assisting Nancy who volleyed the ball into the net and scored an amazing goal. Everyone played so well throughout all the matches and we are all so proud.
Written by Katie and Nancy
Park Road 0 – 2 Hale Prep
Park Road had a bad start conceding a goal within 5 minutes. Soon afterwards Hale Prep added another goal just before half time. After half time things improved for Park Road with attacking chances on the counter. Hale Prep struggled to test C.L in the second half but kept pressing forward causing our defence some panic. H.A regularly beat the defence when we went forward, V.A and C.B showed lots of promise at the back. It was disappointing when the final whistle but we knew we had given our best.
Park Road 0 – 1 Bowden Church
We knew we were playing a good team as they finishing high in the league last year. They had a talented team of Year 6’s and we did well to hold them to 0 – 0 at half time. It was very balanced the first half with us equalling Bowden Church’s high standard. Lots of shots testing C.L and he did well to keep them out. But disappointingly we conceded in the early minutes of the second half. We kept pressing down the left hand side but we couldn’t break down their strong defence. When the final whistle we knew we had been unlucky not to get at least a draw.
F.L and A.N
Rounders Tournament – Tuesday 20th June
This past Tuesday afternoon, the Year 6 rounders team took part in the South Trafford Rounders tournament. The team managed to play two excellent games of rounders and competed throughout displaying excellent sportsmanship & fantastic integrity. Well done to all of those children who participated and represented Park Road Academy so admirably.
Just before the half-term break, Park Road Academy gathered out on to the field ready for a morning and afternoon of competitive races in our traditional Sports Day. The morning featured our Year 1, 2 & 3 classes racing in a variety of events such as the egg and spoon race, the skipping race, sprint, the bean bag race and the sack race! The afternoon featured similar races with our Year 4, 5 & 6 classes. This year’s Sports Day saw lots of competition from all of the houses this year as children from all classes went forward to represent their class and earn points for Dunham, Lyme, Tatton and Heaton. The children were also treated to a parents egg and spoon race that showed some wonderful spirit and excellent focus and concentration. A big well done to all of the competitors!
On Thursday 25th May, ABCD Dance and Drama School & Park Road Academy were proud to present The NATD Frances Dawson Award to 28 children across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The children worked incredibly hard the Spring term in preparation for their Dance exam and completed the assessment in March. Some very talented children across Key Stage 2 managed to earn scores of over 90 out of 100 during their exam. A wonderful achievement and a huge well done to everyone who took part in the assessment.
During School Sports Week all classes at Park Road Academy took part in a Multi-Skills Day designed for their class. The carousel included lots of different sports activities as groups went round earning points for their house teams, Heaton, Dunham, Tatton and Lyme. Everybody had a chance to participate in netball shooting, javelin throwing, taking on the obstacle course, egg and spoon hurdles, penalty shootout, bean bag target throwing and the standing long jump. Well done to all those children who took part in the events and earned points for their house.
During Friday morning, Key Stage 2 were treated to a very special assembly from Judo Education. Some very lucky volunteers were put through their paces using various judo, skills and techniques that are used in sessions. The children enjoyed being tested with reactions, balance and discipline throughout a very unique assembly. Judo will be starting after our summer half-term on Tuesday 13th June between 1.15pm -2.15pm.
On Monday afternoon, nine lucky children were selected to go to Altrincham FC at the J.Davidson Stadium to see and have pictures taken with the FA Cup trophy. The children were also lucky enough to meet and share a ‘question & answer’ session with Anthony Taylor, this year’s match official referee for the FA Cup Final on Saturday 27th May. The children enjoyed asking a variety of intriguing and thoughtful questions to Anthony who gave the children an insight into the life of a Premier League and UEFA referee.
On Friday 12th May a selection of Year 5 children attended the Trafford Dodgeball Competition at Stretford Leisure Centre. The children were up against some very well trained Year 5 & 6 children from all across a variety of Trafford schools. The Park Road Academy team really enjoyed the competition and battled bravely against children older than themselves in some tremendously heated matches. A huge well done to all those children who represented Park Road Academy!
On Tuesday 2nd May 2017, Year 3 and Year 4 represented Park Road Academy at the Altrincham Town FC Community Cup at the J.Davidson Stadium. The children had a fun-filled and very active afternoon competing in the Community Cup tournament.
Our Year 3’s really enjoyed the competitive nature of the tournament and showed fantastic sportsmanship throughout all of their games.
The Year 4’s had an excellent tournament with some great results, winning 2-1, 1-0 and drawing 0-0 in their group games. The team managed to make it to the final with a hard-fought 1-0 win in the semi-final against Broadheath. The team unfortunately lost in the final on penalties to Stamford Park after a colossal game that had both teams striving for the trophy.
Congratulations to all the players that represented both year groups. Mr Richards and Mr Smart were extremely proud of both teams! Well done!
During the last two weeks of the Spring term, the children of Park Road Academy competed in a national cycling and scooting competition. The children were encouraged to come to school on bikes and scooters rather than in cars to inspire healthy and active lifestyles amongst children, parents and carers. Over the two weeks the children came on two wheels rather than four in their masses with some very impressive numbers despite some more than questionable weather during the first week. The figures below show our final results from the best five days of pedalling. A brilliant 780 Journeys being made, 7.14% of parents or carers & a huge 35.43% of children making their way to school on two wheels! Well done to everybody who took part.
This half-term Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 children have worked on a variety of different sports skills and techniques including balance, coordination, striking and teamwork. They put all of these skills into action and tested themselves against others in a variety of challenges. The children worked with and against other children across Year 1 and 2, Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 in their house groups and displayed great commitment and teamwork throughout!
On Wednesday 22nd March, Park Road Academy attended a sports inclusion festival ran at Manor Academy. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed a variety of activities and sports that included tennis balancing, sit down volleyball, tag rugby, hockey, parachute ball and relay races. The children had to use balance, coordination, speed and agility to compete in the activities as well as social communication and teamwork.
Park Road 0 – 2 Broadheath
An early setback for Park Road against a team that had won the Indoor Year 6 tournament the day before. We conceded early on by a goal driven into the near post of Oliver. But Park Road responded strongly and held Broadheath to only a one goal lead at half time. We created a chance which slightly missed the post. Again we conceded again just after half time leaving their striker on a hat trick. We played well and managed to hold them to 2 – 0.
Park Road 2 – 1 Navigation
We started well and created a few chances and it paid off with Lumbani playing a ball across the penalty area which Danny right footed it from close range to put us 1 – 0 up. Soon after half time Park Road struck again with a calm finish by Taanish. A nervous wait as Navigation’s pressure mounted and resulted in a goal 3 minutes from time. Finally the referee blew his whistle meaning we had won our first league match of the season.
Park Road 1 – 1 Heyes Lane
A good start for Park Road with Lumbani slotting past the goalkeeper after an excellent long pass from the defence. But Heyes Lane being the team they are were going to fight to stay in the match and after many attacks scored from a good volley with 3 and a half minutes left. Park Road tried their hardest but couldn’t score a winner against the strong Heyes Lane defence.
On behalf of the team we would like to thank Mr Smart and Mr Sidwell for taking us to the match.
Written by Freddie and Alexander of Year 5
On Thursday 16th March the Year 5 and 6 Girl’s Football Team went to an indoor tournament at Altrincham Leisure Centre. The first match we played was against Heyes Lane and unfortunately we lost 3-0. We then played Altrincham CofE and the score was 3-1, Nancy scored the goal for our team. The third match we played was against Bolin and we managed to draw 0-0. At this point we didn’t know if we were going to make it to the semi-final. Against Broomwood we drew 0-0. Overall, we came 6th place out of 10. We would like to thank Mr Smart for taking us to the tournament and Altrincham Leisure Centre for hosting it.
By Evie and Katy of Year 6
On Wednesday 25th January the Year 5 and 6 Athletics Team went to Ashton-on-Mersey School for an athletics competition. There were six different schools competing. The track events that we competed in were: 2 lap relay, 4 lap relay, 6 lap relay, an obstacle relay and the over and under relay. We also competed in the field events such as; javelin, speed bounce, standing long jump, standing triple jump, vertical jump and chest push.
We all performed to the best of our ability and came 1st in the standing long jump and 1st in the vertical jump too! Overall the team finished 5th.
The team would like to thank Mr Smart and Miss Hart for taking us to the athletics competition and for Ashton-on-Mersey for helping organise the event.
Written by Evie (Year 6)
A picture speaks a thousand words - and in this case, perfectly demonstrates why we do what we do.
This photo was captured of Blythe, clutching her Premier Sport trophy that she'd won that day, in her sleep. Blythe's mum sent the photo to her Premier Activity Professional, Josh Pennington, along with these wonderful words of appreciation...
"I just wanted to say a personal thank you, as Blythe is not naturally coordinated and she has to work very hard to copy things. We have had her doing lots of different classes, some of which she has asked to give up because we think she felt self conscious and she couldn't keep up. However, she loves multi sports, and tells us all the games that you play and they make her brain work, and she really has fun. The first time she came home with a certificate last term she was delighted, so proud, and we were made up for her, and it was an even bigger deal. Keep up the fun!" Paul and Bernie - Parents
Activity Professional, Josh Pennington, was truly touched by this...
"It was brilliant to hear such great feedback as this is the kind of thing that inspires us to do what we do, and it's nice for the appreciation to be shown and know that we are impacting the lives of children!" Josh Pennington - Activity Professional
Headteacher, Rachael McKinlay, at Blythe's school had this to say about the impact Josh and the Premier Sport team have had on the children at their school...
"We are very proud of the progress that the children are demonstrating through the many different sports and activities that Josh and Premier Sport have offered the school. The children look forward to each lesson and work hard to develop and learn new skills each week. The love of sport can be seen in every child across the school, which is certainly reflected in the fantastic picture of one of our pupils." Rachael McKinlay - Head Teacher
Article written by Premier Education Group
Year 4 and Year 5 pupils attended the Trafford Swimming Gala on 13th January at Sale Leisure Centre. The children had a choice of what swimming stroke they wanted to do. The first race was freestyle 1, the second one was backstroke, the third one was breaststroke and the last one was freestyle 2. Then, there was a final freestyle relay race, so swimmers could do whatever stroke they wanted. It was great fun!
The boys and girls both came 8th out of 12 teams. The boys were only 2 points away from 7th. Both teams faced a very big challenge. All teams should be congratulated, as all teams swam very well. The girls earned 31 points and all did very well. The boys earned 32 points.
I think I speak on behalf of the whole team, when I say, we would like to thank Mr Smart for organising this opportunity.
Written by DW in Year 5
Park Road Academy received a very special visit from Lancashire County Cricket Club including guests such as England & Lancashire Thunder cricket player Kate Cross and LCCC’s very own mascot, Lanky the Giraffe.
The children were treated to a very insightful question and answer session with Kate Cross discussing different routes into sport, the commitment that is required to be an elite athlete and the benefits that can come from sport and physical activity.
The assembly also got active when the children were taught some of the key actions and signals that are included in the game of cricket by officials in the form of a dance with Lanky the Giraffe!
Park Road Academy 2 - 1 Cloverlea
Park Road Academy played Cloverlea in the League Cup 1st Round and managed to win the game in extra time thanks to some brilliance by LZ. The first half had both teams struggling to hit the target. After half time Park Road went close, but LZ scored from the edge of the box. Soon after a lot of Cloverlea corners and pressure they finally scored a deflected goal, 1-1. The game commenced to extra time. In late extra time FL ran up the pitch and squared it to LZ who chipped the goalkeeper, 2-1! The football team would like to thank the teachers who took us to the game and Cloverlea Primary School for hosting us.
By FL and AN – Year 5
Bollin 2 – 0 Park Road
We played one of the toughest oppositions in the league. The games were 8 minutes long and we held them for 7 minutes until they broke through and scored twice in quick succession. We created some great chances but Bollin were just too good in this game
Navigation 1 – 0 Park Road
We were matching up to Navigation for 5 minutes until a quick counter attack down the right hand side surprised us and battled through the defence and a good low attempt across the goal went past Daniel. We almost got an equaliser with a top corner effort from LZ but the goalkeeper tipped it over the bar.
Willows 0 – 1 Park Road
In this game we played extremely well against the Willows with long range attempts from our midfielder and strikers with one of them finding its way in from LZ. It came from a pass from the defence to LZ who hit it in from 17 yards out. This victory sent the Willows home.
Stamford Park 1 – 0 Park Road
This was a mixed game and we nearly held them to a 0 – 0 draw. Stamford Park scored when a long throw went pass our defence and their striker half volleyed it in. There was some great football from all of the team.
Bollin 4 – 0 Park Road
Bollin had got into their winning stride when we played them. An extremely talented player scored a hattrick which took the game away from us. We were playing well until they scored the first goal and that triggered the collapse. That meant we would play Navigation in the third place play off.
Navigation 1 – 0 Park Road
This was one of the most challenging matches we played with both teams playing 100% to win the match for third place. We had a few shots early on but as the game progressed we lost energy and struggled to keep pace with the game. Navigation scored with a powerful shot hit well past Daniel. We couldn’t score but we tried our best.
We would like to thank Mr Smart for taking us to Wellington and entering us in the tournament.
Report written by FL and AN of Year 5.
Over the past few weeks in PE and Sport lessons Key Stage 2 children have been learning about strategies and tactics in a competitive environment and how these influence and affect a game. On Thursday the children put their learning into action in a football competition and competed in their house groups and between different year groups. The games saw plenty of action and goals as Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 battled it out amongst the house groups in short and small-sided games. A huge well done to all those children who competed and showed such wonderful commitment for their teams and houses!
This half-term Key Stage 1 children have worked on a variety of different sports skills and techniques including balance, coordination, spee,d and safety. They put all of these skills into action and tested themselves against others in a variety of challenges. The children worked with and against other children across Year 1 and 2 in their house groups and displayed great commitment and teamwork throughout!
On Tuesday 11th October the girl’s football team went to Wellington School to play in a football tournament. The first match we played against Willows and won 1-0 with Nancy scoring the one goal. Unfortunately, we lost the second game 2-0 to Navigation who played really well. The third game we played we drew 0-0 against Bollin that we worked really hard to achieve. A few minutes later we found out that we got into the semi-finals and but then we lost against Bowden CofE 3-0. Then because we lost in the semi-finals we went into the third place playoff and we lost 2-0 against Stamford Park but were extremely pleased with our semi-final finish!
We all want to say a big thank you to Mr Smart and Miss Hart for taking us to the football tournament.
Written by Nancy and Katie of Year 5.