It has been an action-packed half term of sport for our boys in the Prep School, with the vast majority of our boys playing in a hockey, swimming, badminton, table tennis, basketball, cross-country or football fixture against another school. The emphasis has been on enjoyment, participation, teamwork, skill development and fitness.
In hockey, over the last six weeks, our 24 teams have played 96 matches, winning an impressive 60 of them! For many of our Y3 and Y4 boys, this was their first taste of competitive games, and we are pleased to say that they did brilliantly.
However, this week alone, starting on Monday, the U11A team won gold in their regional IAPS qualifier after topping the table in the group stages to secure their place at the national finals at Rugby School in March. That very same day, our U13 team won the Bedfordshire County Championships and their spot in the regional finals.
On Tuesday, fresh from their IAPS gold, it was the turn of the U11 team once again, this time at the Bedfordshire County Championships, and, once more, they won, securing their place in the regional finals. And just when we thought it could not get any better, the 1st VII, who remain unbeaten this season, won against Ipswich in the National Cup to reach the national quarter-finals. Some truly scintillating hockey across the board!
In other sporting news this week, we are delighted to say that the Bedford Prep quartet of Andy Wang (Y11), Aaron Qiu (Y11), Charlie Chen (Y11) and Joshua Ko (Y10) were crowned silver medalists in the county finals of the National Schools’ tournament. They recorded convincing wins against Cedars and Icknield School, only losing out to Redborne School in what was a very close encounter.
In Cross Country, both our Y7 and Y8 teams were crowned district champions after some excellent runs. They now look forward to the Prep School National finals in March.
Y7 Cross-Country Team: Sam Deardon, Ben Coomber, Joseph Lee, Sam Barnes, Alfie James, Osca Wood, Owain Harries and Danny Chapman
Y8 Cross-Country Team: Edward Dagg, James Dagg, Arthur Proctor, Eric Breslin, Alex Deane, Jack Guest, Oscar Jewers and Sam Mullaney