Derbyshire Dales Students Win Eight Golds at County Games

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Pupils from five Derbyshire Dales schools, members of the RDSSP, are celebrating their fantastic success at the recent Sainsbury’s Derbyshire School Games.

The event at Trent College in Long Eaton played host to 1,000 competitors from across the county on Tuesday 7 July, contending in 11 county final competitions with the support of over 150 Young Sports Leaders.

The Sainsbury’s School Games is hosted and organised in partnership with Derbyshire Sport and The Derbyshire Schools’ Sport Association alongside a number of national bodies including British Paralympic Association, Sport England, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Change 4 Life and the Youth Sport Trust.

The event is about creating a positive and rewarding experience for all, bringing together sport, culture and education and upholding six Spirit of the Games Values; determination, honesty, passion, respect, self belief and teamwork. The opening ceremony included the School Games Oath for competitors, officials, coaches and spectators to abide by the fundamental values of the competition.

The RDSSP Team, made up of Darley Dale Primary School, Osmaston CE (VC) Primary School, Ashbourne’s Parkside Junior School, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QEGS) and Wirksworth’s Anthony Gell School (AGS), was victorious across the nine championships it took part in.

Here is a round-up of the fantastic results:

  • OSMASTON: Year 3 and 4 students won SILVER in the Mini Tennis competition;
  • OSMASTON: Year 5 and 6 pupils won GOLD in the Tri-Golf contest;
  • DARLEY DALE: Year 5 and 6 pupils won SILVER in the Cyclo Cross/ Grass Track Primary cycle event, with Sam Gould winning individual boys’ GOLD for the highest number of points;
  • PARKSIDE: Year 5 and 6 students came 6th in the QuadKids Primary competition. The team won the Spirit of the Games Award for their sportsmanship and Year 5 student, Oliwia Jurska won GOLD the individual girls’ standings with the highest number of points;
  • QEGS: Year 7 and 8 pupils won GOLD in the QuadKids Secondary event with Luke Zoner coming in GOLD position in the individual boys’ standings with the highest number of points, closely followed by teammate, Theo Rodgers in BRONZE position.
  • AGS: Year 7 and 8 students finished in GOLD medal winning position in the Cyclo Cross/ Grass Track Secondary competition, with Amelie Wayte and Libby Smith winning GOLD and SILVER respectively in the individual girls’ standings, and Reuben Orr coming in BRONZE position in the boys’ standings.
  • QEGS: Year 9 girls took GOLD in the Rounders competition;
  • AGS: Key Stage 2 to 5 pupils came 4th in the Boccia Plus tournament;
  • AGS: Key Stage 3 and 4 students came 5th in the Super Sixes Golf Plus competition.

RDSSP Manager, Janice Price said: “I am absolutely delighted and overwhelmed at the achievement of our students across the Derbyshire School Games competition. This event has rounded off an inspiring, triumphant and fantastic year of sport across Rural Derbyshire and pupils should be so proud of themselves.”

“As well as the amazing work of competitors, I would also like to acknowledge the dedication and passion of the Young Sport Leaders from schools including Anthony Gell, QEGS and Highfields, who volunteered on the day to make it such a huge success.”

Derbyshire Sport director, Hayler Lever said: “It was fantastic to see not only schools from across the county competing hard and enjoying themselves, but doing it with a smile on their faces and with terrific levels of sportsmanship.”

“There was at least one top three finish from all 10 school sport partnerships, but the fact that Rural Derbyshire claimed so many medals shows how effectively the message that sport and physical activity is important in the lives of children is being put across in smaller, rural schools.”


AGS Year 7 and 8 Cyclo Cross competitor, Sam Thompson said: “I love this event because it’s fast and I enjoy the teamwork involved. It’s good to push you and make yourself better and it is great to do this whilst competing against students from other schools.”

Teammate, Ewan Makie added: “This event is fast paced and it’s never boring, you have to keep up the momentum. It pushes you and your team and challenges you on how well you can do against other people.”

Friends Beth Schratz, Gabby Nicholson and Maisie Watts from Osmaston CE (VC) Primary School all agreed the games were “really fun” and they enjoyed “taking part alongside other schools and their friends.”

Darley Dale’s Sam Gould, 11, won GOLD in the individual boys’ standings in the primary Cyclo Cross/ Grass Track event. He takes part in the sport outside of school time and said: “It feels so good to ride around and come through into this category. It is also so great to see school friends develop and improve and do really well. I like taking part in events like this because it’s great to see other people race and see how good they are.”

Anthony Gell’s Boccia contestants, George Maskrey, Olivia Brown and William Metcalf all agreed they enjoyed the event’s opening ceremony and taking part in the Boccia tournament.

Mia Carvell, also from AGS, took part in the Super Sixes Golf Plus event. She said: “My dad plays golf and I have grown up with the sport. I enjoy taking part because I think it’s fun and interesting and not many girls play golf. It’s great to be involved.”


High Level Teaching Assistant at Parkside Primary School, Chris Peach said: “The students are representing the school and rural Derbyshire as a whole, and any exposure to bigger events like this sets them up for life so they are able to understand how they work.”

“I think the RDSSP does a fantastic job including in the QEGS cluster and more county-wide, in looking out for the next talent and always encouraging whoever is representing the partnership which is great.”

QEGS PE Teacher and Lead Practitioner, Katie Brown was cheering on the winning Rounders team. She said: “I am so extremely proud of the girls! They have done so well and have showed great team work and spirit.”

“The Year 7 students already look up to them as role models and the girls are currently training younger pupils in rounders which is a massive responsibility and commitment for them. They are such good friends too and I think this is why the team is so successful because they get on so well and support each other.”


More photos taken throughout the day are available to see here.

Thanks to Derbyshire Sport for some of the fantastic pics.