APS News 33

12 Abingdon Prep • April 2023 SPORT There has been much to celebrate in the world of Abingdon Prep sport over the course of the term. Pupils have seen success on a national level and in a number of IAPS competitions as well as numerous inter school fixtures. We are proud to say that every pupil in the school from Year 3-8 has had the opportunity to represent the school. We continue to build relationships with pupils and staff at the senior school with a successful Foundation Tennis morning taking place under the guidance of head coach and tennis professional Martin Butler; and have pre-season cricket planned for when we return in the summer term. Well done and thank you to pupils, parents and staff that have been involved. HOCKEY: Pupils have had some fantastic opportunities to improve their hockey skills both in PE and Games sessions. The U13, U12 and U11 have put these skills to the test against a number of opposition teams including The Dragon, Cothill, Pinewood, Chandlings and St Hugh’s. It was fantastic to see the U11s test themselves and grow in confidence during the IAPS tournament hosted at Tilsley Park. FOOTBALL: Despite the weather trying its best to thwart the football season, the football club has had a successful term with both the U13 and U12 showing why they are regarded as such strong footballing year groups. There have been some brilliant team performances against Oratory Prep School, Moulsford, Caldicott and Cokethorpe. Freddie and Paul have had stand out seasons in the U13s and Josh, James and Henry have led by example in the U12s. The U11 and SPRING SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS U10 have a lot of potential with players showing great progress from A-D team level. NATIONAL SUCCESS: Abingdon Prep pupils have competed on the national stage in cross country, fencing, biathlon and squash this term. Special mention must go to the U13 cross country team that travelled to Malvern to compete in the National Prep School Championships. The team finished in 3rd place, a tremendous achievement considering 3 of the 4 man team will be eligible to compete again next year. James ran superbly well to finish 6th. He hopes to be on the individual podium next year. Arthur, Max and Noah competed at the National Modern Biathlon finals finishing in 13th , 28th and 16th in their respective age groups. Horace has travelled to France to compete in the European fencing cup, and Toby continues to rise in the national squash rankings and is now ranked as number 6 in the country. PLAYER PATHWAYS: A number of pupils continue to progress along their sporting journeys and have been selected to represent various high level teams. Congratulations must be extended to Wills, Oliver, Jed, Orlando, Max, George and Paddy (cricket), Freddie, Jack, Will, James, Henry (football), Xavier (cross country), Toby (squash), Jamie (equestrian), Horace (fencing), Leone, Satoshi, Leo, Vincent (swimming), Joe (table tennis) and Noah (basketball). Special mention to Laurie who was awarded a Sports Scholarship to Abingdon School. We look forward to watching these athletes in the future! Elliot Birkbeck Foundation Tennis morning Malvern Cross Country National Biathlon Championship