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Leek High sports success

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

  • Leek High's athletics team 2014.

  • Cricketer Craig Ferns, who aims to play for a county club.

  • Left, the school's successful under-14 football team reached the district cup final. Another Leek High student, Tommy Coates, aged 18, was signed by Leek Town.

  • The Leek High School Hockey team 2014.

  • Above, the Leek High School rowing team 2014, away from their normal training location at Rudyard Lake.

  • Above centre, the badminton under-16 team reached the semi-finals of the Staffordshire championships after a school trip where they attended the All England Championships to watch international players.

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LEEK High School's PE department ended the summer term on a sporting high with players making their mark in football, badminton, hockey, cricket, rowing and athletics.

Sports teams from the school, which is part of Leek Federation, have enjoyed success all over the district and beyond with the school's under-14 football team reaching the district cup final and star soccer player Tommy Coates, aged 18, being signed for the first team at Leek Town.

Tommy, from Blackshaw Moor, is planning to complete his A-Levels at Leek High, then study locally at Staffordshire University so that he can continue to play at a semi-professional level for his home town.

Fellow sixth former Craig Ferns, from Waterhouses, has captained the Staffordshire under-17 cricket team and hopes to take his sport to the next level by playing for a county club – Nottinghamshire or Leicestershire – when he embarks on a sports course at Loughborough University in September.

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With Leek Hockey Club's all weather pitch at their disposal at the Springfield Road school, hockey players too have achieved success with seven players representing Staffordshire at the Midlands Hockey Tournament and four of them – Charlie Belfield, Kim Sheldon, Adam Knott and Joe Knott – being selected for the Birmingham-based Midlands squad known as the Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC).

Sports Day this year had an extra competitive edge with eight students having been selected to represent the district at county level.

Lottie Moss and Callum Davies will compete in the 800 metres and 100 metre hurdles, Kim Sheldon and Henry James in the 1500 metres, Shannon Frodsham in the long jump, Josie Glass in javelin, Callum Davies in discus and Jordan Taylor in long jump and triple jump.

Indoors, the badminton under-16 team reached the semi-finals of the Staffordshire championships after a school trip where they attended the All England Championships to watch international players.

And Leek High has set up a satellite rowing club run by North Staffordshire Rowing Club, with Hannah Austin and Ryan Mills picking up winners' awards in the individual boys' and girls' inter schools competition.

Head of sport at Leek High Paul Watts said: "We have enjoyed unprecedented success this school year and it's really great to see so many students taking part in different sports.

"On top of all the team players at Leek High we can boast national champions in karate and endurance horse riding, as well as a fencer who has been selected for the England team.

"I think that for such a small school our results are incredible and I am proud of our record. We do aim to cover as many different sports as possible here and offer lots of opportunities with a 'sport for all' approach.

"Our policy seems to be working because we have more students taking part in sport than ever before and we are lucky to have such great sporting facilities and opportunities for our young people to take their interests further, with an all-weather hockey pitch on site and Rudyard Lake on our doorstep for the rowing club."

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