Sports Review of the Year

At Oaklands we pride ourselves on our ability to support and develop the sporting talent our children have. Our teachers provide extra-curricular opportunities across a variety of different sports and the children want to share with the people of Crowthorne some of the success they have had this year.

We’ve done loads of sports this year, and have tried our hardest. In the winter Oaklands entered the Wokingham Schools Cross-country league. This consists of 5 races at different venues with the best 4 results counting towards the individual and team places. Our year 5/6 boys came 3 rd overall with Zack winning the individual silver medal. The year 5/6 girls produced the gold medal winner Millie, who won all 5 races which was an amazing achievement. Our year 3/4 boys did well too, with Patrick winning the individual silver medal. As a school, we came 5 th overall. We had some children who had never done it before who did really well and have found how hard it really is! Everybody who did it was committed; they didn’t give up and the school are proud of everyone who took part.

Our year 6 mixed football team were unbeaten this year and won the Wokingham Schools league. Everyone who played in the games tried their hardest in training, and games. We were really pleased that we beat our biggest rivals - St Paul’s. Our victory was helped by our coach: Lee from EPC, who is employed by the school to offer expert coaching through our Sports Funding Grant.

Our year 6 tag-rugby team did amazingly well too this year, by getting a promotion into the A league. In doing that, we scored 149 tries in 20 games. After Christmas, we started a new season of tag-rugby, but in the A league. The games were much tougher but, nevertheless, we won a few and hopefully have done enough to stay up in the A league for next year’s tag-rugby team.

Our year 6 mixed netball team were very successful this year, winning most of our matches with an immense goal difference. We had a team of 7, but when we played the game there were 5 of our teammates on the court. We played 8 matches this year and only lost 1.

The school’s hockey team had training days on Tuesdays. In our training, we learnt new skills, including passing and controlling. We played in a tournament and did really well, beating lots of private schools along the way. We went through to the cup semi-final but lost to Lambrook. In the 3 rd place play-offs we won to earn ourselves 3 rd place in the tournament, which was fantastic.

In athletics, we competed as a school at the Wokingham District Sports at Palmer Park. Approximately 20 local schools complete in track and field events. We had some amazing individual results with Millie winning the girls 600M, April coming 2 nd in the throwing, Adam coming 2 nd in the high jump, Scott coming 4 th in the boys throwing, Nathan coming 4 th in the boys 600M, our mixed relay team came 2 nd and Zack won the boys long jump and came 2 nd in boys 80M sprint. Dane was given the award for Outstanding Athletic Performance as she won the girls 80m, long jump and ran the anchor leg in the victorious 4 x 80m relay. With such amazing results both our boys and girls teams came 2 nd and therefore we also came 2 nd overall as a school – another fantastic result. Everyone who competed did their absolute best and played their part in the overall result.

On the same day, the school’s swimming team went to Bracknell Leisure Centre for a swimming gala. We swam medleys and individual races. Both the girls and the boys team got 2 nd and 3 rd places . Unfortunately, we didn’t come back with any trophies, but the trip wasn’t just about winning - it was about enjoyment and taking part.

The cricket team this year have also done well. We have entered one tournament, and got to the semi-finals, but unfortunately lost to a very good South Lake team. It was a very close game, but as ever, our team tried their best to win. The other schools we played in that tournament were: The Coombes, Reddam, South Lake and Westende. We won 2 of those games but lost the other 2. We still have a couple more games to play, and hopefully we will win them.

Children from lower down the school, have also had opportunities to take part in sporting activities. These have included a golf tournament at Sand Martins golf club, cross-country races, tag-rugby at Crosfields school, Sport for All athletics at Luckley House and, of course, taking part in the School Sports day as part of their house teams.

Overall, it has been an incredibly busy and successful year of sport at Oaklands Junior School. We will be saying goodbye to some fantastic athletes this year but as a school we remain committed to providing a range of opportunities for children to experience competitive sport.


Oaklands Junior School, Butler Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 6QZ Telephone 01344 773496