At Nether Alderley we are proud to promote competitive sports as a way of increasing pupils' awareness of the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, as well as devloping a sense of collaboration and teamwork within our sports teams. Our dedicated staff coach and lead a number of sports teams and through our collaborations with partners from the Wilmslow Education Partnership, Fallibroome Learning Community and Macclesfield School Sports Partnership, we are able to provide a range of opportunities across a number of sporting disciplines.
For details of our forthcoming fixtures please visit the calendar located on the homepage.
The development of pupils' hockey skills is enhanced through our partnership with Alderley Edge Hockey Club. Each week, pupils are taken to AEHC, making use of their excellent facilities and benefiting from expert coaching. This is funded through our school sports funding premium, which is provided by central government.
In February 2018, our hockey team were successful in winning a small schools' event hosted by AEHC. We congratulate the team on a fine achievement.
There's nothing quite like the beautiful game! Mr Craven leads our football teams who play in a number of different festivals and competitions across all age ranges: KS1, Y3 / Y4 and Y5 / Y6. As well as developing their talents on the field, pupils are taught how to manage success and failure and to recognise the value of developing resilience on the pitch. We stress the importance of learning to enjoy playing as part of a team, regardless of the result!
Mrs Moore leads our netball team. Our netball team comprises of both boys and girls who enjoy weekly practice sessions and developing their footwork and shooting skills. At this age, understanding the rules and developing team tactics plays an important part of our work.
Tri-golf is a fun way of introducing children to golf. Matthew Turnock, the resident PGA golf professional at Mottram Hall Golf Club, visits Nether Alderley to teach pupils different shot techniques through a range of engaging and enjoyable games. Towards the end of the tri-golf programme, pupils are invited to compete against other local teams in a friendly, yet competitive tournament. Matthew is an incredibly supportive coach for our pupils who enjoy the opportunity to develop their skills in an unfamiliar sport.
Mr Draper leads our tag rugby team. Tag rugby is a non-contact version of rugby in which players have 'tags' which are velcroed onto a belt. To tackle an opposing player, the defending team are required to remove a tag from the belt of the attacker who has possession of the ball.
Possibly the most grueling of all our sports, cross country is a test of physical endurance and mental resilience! Our cross country team compete against schools from the Wilmslow Education Partnership in an annual race at the Carrs in Wilmslow. In previous years we have been fortunate enough to have competed very well in this event with pupils enjoying both individual and collective successes.
Basketball is a very popular sport amongst children at Nether Alderley Primary School and is ably led and coached by Mr Draper - who also runs a lunchtime basketball club, at certain times of the year, for pupils to enjoy developing their skills. Historically, the school has performed well in local basketball competitions, being county runners-up in 2007 before being crowned county champioins the following year - an incredible success for such a small school!
As we head towards summer, we make the most of opportunities for pupils to enjoy a range of outdoor extra-curricular activities. Part of our summer programme is our weekly cricket club. Pupils play a version of cricket known as 'Kwick Cricket' which is an all-action, fast and intense version of the popular summertime sport. Our cricket team is selected from those attending cricket club which is open to all pupils in KS2. The team play against other schools in competitions and we are sometimes able to arrange friendly fixtures with local schools.
Another summer sport, athletics offers opportunities across a number of disciplines for pupils to achieve success. Track and field events are designed to test a range of different aptitudes and pupils enjoy competing against those from other schools in their preferred events.
Learning to swim is an essential life skill and we are committed to supporting our pupils develop their skills and confidence to enable them to swim safely to safety in the event of an accident. As part of this commitment, all pupils in KS2 receive swimming instruction each year.
Those with greater confidence and can swim at speed are invited to represent the school in an annual Small Schools' Swimming Gala. In previous years, we have been successful in earning a number of medals and pupils enjoy the opportunity to come together and support each other during these competitive events.
As part of the Fallibroome Learning Community, we join our partner schools for a brillinat rounders festival hosted by the Fallibroome Academy in the summer term. Rounders is an enjoyable addition to our sporting curriculum, which is enjoyed by all pupils and those who excel are offered the opportunity to represent the school team.
Not just for the children...!
From time to time, we invite parents to represent the school in friendly sporting contests against parents of other local schools. In recent years, parents have enjoyed competing in football, cricket and golf matches. Many find this a fun way to get to socialise with others, as well as taking the opportunity for a good work out - watch those tight hamstrings though! Keep an eye out for details of any forthcoming parent fixtures in Mr Craven's weekly newsletter.