Principal’s Blog – 25th November 2016

Year 7 Football team in their new kit

For Minsthorpe, England and St George!

Many of our students went to St George’s Park this week. This is the English Football Association’s national football centre in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire. Mitch Cameron takes up the story…

"It was a brilliant day, despite the treacherous conditions! Upon arrival at the fantastic facility, it was evident that the media had got word of Minsthorpe’s star footballers’ attendance – a frenzy of cameras, microphones and journo’s forced us to dash through reception to meet our coaches and get our tour started. There was mention of a Gareth Southgate interview for the England Manager’s job taking place in the same building? Obviously not as important…

The tour of the Centre included a gander at the ‘Signature Wall’ of many sporting legends, including Messi, Ronaldo and Mourinho; a look around the state-of-the-art, Wembley spec football pitches (20 in total, indoor and outdoor); some fabulous changing rooms, one of which was kitted out and occupied by the Women’s U19 England team; a huge gymnasium and a superb on-site healthcare centre. So inspiring, as it really is the best of the best!

The students were then led to the David Beckham pitch where they took part in a UEFA A Level standard coaching session. Many brilliant goals were scored and the students displayed some excellent skills – the coaches speaking highly of their talents!"

Mentioned in Dispatches

Last week I informed you about the great work that Daniel Britton in Year 9 was doing as part of the Takeover Challenge. On Monday I got this lovely email from John Wilson, the Director of Children and Young People Services for Wakefield:

"I hosted Daniel Britton today for the Takeover Challenge for a couple of hours and wanted to let you know what a splendid ambassador he was for your College. You should also know that he was very positive about his school experience – ‘what would you say about Minsthorpe?’ – very supportive! I asked about his experience over the last few weeks and he was absolutely unequivocal in that he thought the school had done a good job in supporting pupils and families through the horrendous recent tragic events. Thought you would like to know."

I am proud of how our staff and students have handled themselves over the past month and comments like this from John (and the Revd Margaret Gallagher, the KOOTH counsellor and The Samaritans last week) show that others also see how much care and support that we provide here at the college.

Constructing a Winning Team

Our partner Futureworks (Yorkshire) have sponsored our Year 7 football team – the press release can be found on the Futureworks (Yorkshire) website.

Ray Henshaw