Castle Court’s Boys First Hockey VII have won a place at the Independent Schools’ (IAPS) Hockey Finals to be held in March at Millfield School.
The Annual IAPS Hockey competition is open to over 500 prep schools from around the whole of the UK. Local and regional competitions are held, with the schools who are regional finalists being offered places at the National Finals.
Castle Court had to beat opposition from prestigious prep schools across the south-west including Millfield, Port Regis, The Downs, Avon and Monkton Combe to finish 2nd in the south-west, headed only by Cheltenham College, and win one of the places allocated to the south-west at the National Finals.
Nick Robinson, Director of Sport commented, “ We have a very strong tradition of developing excellent hockey players at Castle Court. We have built up a team of highly experienced coaches, all of whom have experience of playing or coaching at least at regional level. The children are therefore able to reach their full potential and as a result over the last few years Castle Court have reached six finals and come away as medal winners on four occasions. This success then continues for the children with five over recent seasons going on to play at international level for England and Team GB for the U14, U16 and U18 boy and girl squads”
The girls at Castle Court have been given the opportunity to develop an understanding of their strengths and abilities through workshops led by Mhairi McEwan, one of the leading role models from Modern Muse.
Modern Muse is an organisation set up by women who are at the top of their chosen specialisms to provide role models and mentors to the next generation of young women and girls. In line with many recent findings, they believe that the UK is suffering from a female “role Model” shortage and that it is vital to motivate the next generation of girls to embrace business and carve out fulfilling lives for themselves.
We are always focused on ensuring that the children in our care are able to find the magic formula that makes them who they are, and therefore able to build on their talents. It was therefore exciting for the girls to spend time this week with one of the leading role models from Modern Muse, Mhairi McEwan. Mhairi spent her career in marketing roles with Diageo and Unilever, ending up as Vice President of Marketing with PepsiCo before starting her own consultancy, Brand Learning. Brand Learning is now a £17million turnover company with 50 multinational companies as clients and has been voted No 1 in The Sunday Times Best Companies.
Modern Muse’s workshop is part of an on-going programme for the girls here at Castle Court School to ensure that they are confident of their career opportunities as they begin to think about school, exam and career choices. Last term, the MP for the school, Annette Brooke spent time with children across the school, and the girls in Year 8 in particular. Later this year, TV presenter, Celia Sawyer, will work with the girls on a “Dragons’ Den”- style workshop, and other speakers include first time author and Old Castellan, Joanna Rossiter, who will be holding a Question and Answer session plus a writing workshop, and one of the Directors of WIRE ( Women in Rural Enterprise ), who is coming in to talk about career options in rural areas. More activities are planned.
Following the recent Dorset County Cross Country Heats at Kings Park, Jed has competed in the regional cross-country heats, in the boys Year 7 category. He won the Kings Park race, and was able to follow this success with another win at the regional finals held at Bristol over the weekend. 70 boys from around the region had qualified for this highly prestigious event and Jed led from start to finish. The photo below shows him being presented with his winners medal and certificate by a member of the British Athletics Squad.