Revival of The Albany School sports day is big hit with pupils

A student from The Albany School taking part in the long jump competition at the Hornchurch Sports S

A student from The Albany School taking part in the long jump competition at the Hornchurch Sports Stadium on Thursday. - Credit: Archant

Students took part in a sports day this week – the first their school has held in ten years.

More than 900 youngsters from The Albany School were at Hornchurch Stadium, in Upminster, today (Thursday) to watch and cheer on the competitors.

The event included a range of events from javelin and discus to hurdles and relays.

David Norris, head of PE at the school, said the event was a success and was helped by the sunny weather.

He said: “The day went really well and the weather was amazing. It really helped to create a good atmosphere and we are looking to build on the success for next year.

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“It is the first time we have held a sports day involving the whole school like this for ten years and the new headteacher [Adam Thorne] was very supportive of it.

“The students have been preparing since Easter, and practised in their lunch hours and after school for the event.”

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Freddie Seagers, in Year Seven, broke the school discus record with a throw of 28 metres.

Val Masson, deputy headteacher, said: “It was a great atmosphere and felt like a mini-Olympics. The students from the four different houses wore their house colours, painted their faces, were holding up banners and cheering the students on.

“The Olympics from last year definitely helped get the students in the mood. The PE department inspired the students at the school to reach new heights and they have started to make their mark in the borough.”

For more pictures of the event see Romford Pictures.

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