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Coopers will look to improve on strong sporting year

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 July 2015

Work experience student Callum Ison interviews Helen Davies, head of PE at Coopers Coborn School,

Work experience student Callum Ison interviews Helen Davies, head of PE at Coopers Coborn School,

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Coopers enjoyed lots of hockey success this yearCoopers enjoyed lots of hockey success this year

Coopers Coborn’s Head of PE Helen Davies is hoping to improve on a great sporting year to keep the school going from ‘strength to strength’.

After a year of outstanding performances in various different sports, Davies admits that further progression would be delightful to see.

Excited by the performance of pupils in recent academic year, Davies said: “I’m really proud it seems to be going from strength to strength. Throughout the years we have a really strong group of staff that work really hard and the students seem to react really well to that.

“I feel like we are developing a little bit of a culture at the school of not only sporting excellence, but sports participation as well.”

Coopers enjoyed lots of hockey success this yearCoopers enjoyed lots of hockey success this year

The school have progressed in different sports each year and is always looking to go further and achieve more next time around.

Davies added: “We hope to further our performances next year. Obviously you never know what is coming up in the future, but the culture that we have got at this school hopefully, fingers crossed, the students are as dedicated as ever, and the staff are dedicated as ever.

“And hopefully the younger students will learn from the older students and hopefully the success will continue if not improve.”

Hockey had been a great success story for the girls teams this year and is one of the sports in which Davies is heavily involved.

Coopers sent six pupils to the World Triathlon Championships to compete for Great BritainCoopers sent six pupils to the World Triathlon Championships to compete for Great Britain

Coopers won five of seven Essex titles to the delight of the head of PE, but although pleased with those performances, Davies is still looking for improvement as she wants the school to perform at national level again.

She added: “We actually didn’t get to a National hockey final for the first time in like five years or so.

“We are hoping to get back on that national stage next year with the hockey teams. We’ve got a lot of promise in some of the teams, so it’s brilliant that we are dominating Essex and sometimes regional level, but we want to dominate National level as well.”

Davies led the girls team to a National final three years ago, which they ended up winning, and will now be hoping to replicate this honour in the upcoming years.

Coopers pupils face the camera at the Lee Valley Y10 CupCoopers pupils face the camera at the Lee Valley Y10 Cup

This past year Coopers teams competed in a total of 24 national finals, so selecting just one sporting achievement was a hard decision for Davies to make.

Coopers were chosen to represent Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships this year, the first time ever that the school had been selected to participate, and Davies was absolutely delighted by the opportunity.

“Something that is quite unique is that we were asked to represent Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships, which I think is something that is really special for the school,” she added.

“We took six students from year 10 to year 12 and they represented Great Britain on the world stage and it was an absolutely amazing event for them.

“They learnt a lot because they were competing against arguably a lot more experienced people than they were and they learnt a great deal.

“They came back absolutely buzzing. Lois Wyatt came fourth in the world, which is absolutely amazing, and I hope they go from strength to strength.”


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