Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy’s girls’ basketball team represented Halton recently in the County’s Basketball Competition.
Since OBA opened in September 2010, this was the first girls’ team to ever represent Halton in Sport. The U14’s played teams from across the Wirral and Sefton in the County Finals and did amazingly well, finishing as runners up. Miss McAuliffe, Assistant Leader of Sport and PE, spoke with great pride about the team saying, “The girls were fabulous. To come second in the county finals means we came out as the second best team in the whole of Merseyside. Kaitlin Falconer also received the ‘Player of the Tournament Award’ which was an amazing achievement.”
OBA also threw themselves into the Handball competitions in both the Halton Borough League and the County competitions, with the girls finishing in second place and the boys in fourth.
In Indoor Athletics, the Year 7 boys’ squad represented Halton in the Merseyside County championships whilst the Year 8 and 11 Boys’ Football teams currently sit top of the league with Year 11 making it to the quarter finals of the Cheshire Cup.
The New Year has seen the return of Zumba and the introduction of the wonderful, conditioning fitness programme, Kettlercise. Kettlercise, which uses kettlebells to tone the body, has proven to be a popular enrichment activity for students from Years 7 to 13. Jade Roberts, Year 8, commented, “I attend Kettlercise because it is a fun way to get fit with my friends. Enrichment opportunities like this at OBA are amazing.”
Hockey has made a comeback with particular interest from girls. Friendly games are to be arranged.
Links with Everton Football Club continue for the fifth year running. OBA continues to host the Runcorn Mini Kickers’ Festivals for local primaries in partnership with Everton F.C. OBA students (both past & present) have great fun developing their leadership skills when they assist Everton to coach local primary school pupils every week.
All Year 7 students have experienced a day out based around Outdoor Adventures. The students had the opportunity to participate in the High Ropes Course at Otterspool Promenade and also Dragon Boat Racing at the Albert Dock Water Centre.
Groups of Year 8 students have recently had the opportunity to take part in a day of mountain biking in Delemere Forest. Building confidence and experiencing a new outdoor activity for most, the groups battled through the snow, cold and mud with a smile on their faces!
Year 9 students have also been privileged to attend Runcorn Rowing Club to try out and experience a new sport and form OBA’s Rowing Team. The popularity and interest in rowing has been great and students now have four rowing machines on which to practise.
Steve James’ Martial Arts workshop has returned this year to support with BTEC Sports students in the Sixth Form and Year 11s. Sixth Formers are also attending regular Kinetica Gym sessions.
Year 13 BTEC Sport students have also visited the University of Central Lancashire and Burnley Football Club to look at Higher Education courses in Sport and consider jobs and careers in Sport.