At Costock C of E Primary School, we firmly believe in the importance of helping pupils learn to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
We believe that providing pupils with positive early experience of sport is vitally important. Not only is it key to maintaining pupil’s health and wellbeing, but it also supports pupils in developing teamwork, resilience, respect and sportsmanship. Through a wide variety of high quality extracurricular clubs, we endeavour to provide pupils the skills needed for a wide range of sporting/physical activities.
We seek to ensure that children show resilience sports and have the self-esteem and motivation to succeed. We encourage pupils to be supportive and motivate others, as well as consistently showing values such as fairness and respect when taking part in sporting activities.
We provide an extra currciular sporting opportunity every lunchtime and one eveing after school as follows:
Monday - KS1 sports (current focus cricket)
Tuesday - KS2 football
Wednesday - Reception sports club
Thursday - KS2 cricket
Friday lunchtime - KS1 football
Friday after school - KS2 netball
We have had an excellent start to the year, with lots of children (new & old) getting involved in all of our clubs.
Despite being a small school we are proud to be able to enter both a Boys & a Girls team into the Rushcliffe Schools Football leagues this school year and are looking forward to the summer period where we will be involved in lots of Cricket & Netball events and hopefully many, many more different sports.
Here is a review of our sporting efforts so far this academic year:
12th October: The girls kicked off our sporting endeavours this school year, with an away trip to Rosecliffe Spencer Academy in the Rushcliffe Schools Girls Football league. The girls were the first to showcase our new sports kit! This game was a first for 7 out of our 8 girls who were involved, with some playing football for the first time only a few weeks beforehand! Coming into a competition with most schools only fielding year 6's, our team was made up of a mixture of Year 4, 5 and 6's but we were really looking forward to the challenge ahead. We rushed into a 2-0 lead thanks to two long range strikes from Captain fantastic, Taylor. Player of the match Esme and her defensive partner Holly formed a formidable wall in defence that the Rosecliffe attack could not break down, taking us into half time. However, this was a game of two halves – in the second half Rosecliffe threw everything at us. Against our tired legs and squad depth, and some great tactical substitutions from Rosecliffe, they scored 2 quickfire goals in the last 5 minutes concluding the game as a 2-2 draw. Handshakes all round. A great battle was had. Despite not winning the game, the girls were really pleased with how they performed in their first ever match; they showed great togetherness, real fight and spirit. Mr Pollard was super proud of the girls’ performance in their first match, representing the school fantastically and showing what Costock is all about.
16th October: The girls played host this time in another league game taking on our friends at Bunny C of E Primary School. We got off to a slow start, conceding early to find ourselves 1-0 down, however both teams accumulated around 10 shots before half time; sadly none found the back of net. The second half started the same as the first; a quick counter attack from Bunny saw us 2-0 down within the first 5 minutes. Following attacking substitutions from Mr Pollard the remaining 15 minutes of the game was all Costock. We attacked constantly, with some expeptional passing and teamwork, and after around 20 shots on the Bunny goal one moment of brilliance from captain Taylor saw us pull one goal back with 2 minutes remaining. With the last kick of the game, Emilia let one fly from just inside the box which crashed into the post and flew off out followed by the final whistle. A devastating 2-1 defeat after performing so fantastically well! Despite the loss, the girls were in high spirits because they knew they played some great football and had improved on their last performance.
17th October: Our year 5 & 6s were invited down to East Leake Academy to take part in a mixed football festival. Our team consisted of seven of our year 5&6 boys and two of our year 6 girls. Within the tournament the team were involved in lots of fun drills, skills & activities, before taking part in 2 shortened matches. The matches were held against Lantern Lane Primary School & Heymann Primary School. Both results ending in a 1-0 win to Costock, with Regan scoring both of the goals across the 2 matches. The children had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed the festival.
6th November: This time it was the boys turn to kick off their league campaign, playing host to Flintham Primary School. Similar to the girls, the boys will be playing against schools with majority of their players being year 6, whereas we will be putting out teams consisting of year 4. 5 & 6's. Before the game even kicked off we were already a man down with our first-choice goalkeeper, Ben, falling ill on the day. The game started off as a stalemate with both sides pushing for an opening before a moment of brilliance from Finley sent Stanley through 1 on 1 to goal who calmly slotted past the Flintham keeper to give us a 1-0 lead. Within a matter of moments, the Flintham captain put away a tidy free kick to level the game at 1-1. Flintham then found themselves 2-1 up against a very tired Costock team who had no substitutes to bring on. Flintham continued with lots of attack in the second half and we were 5-1 down with 5 minutes left to play. Our stand in goalkeeper, Victor, pulled off some remarkable saves to keep the score line down, and Regan grabbed us a late consolation goal before the fulltime whistle blew. Despite a 5-2 defeat our boys did the school (& themselves) proud with their performance; they looked like a team who had been playing for years when in fact only 2 of them play football outside of school. Well done boys!
14th November: We were invited to a year 6 dodgeball festival at East Leake Academy. With only having seven year 6s in the school we were a girl short, so Beatrice stepped up from year 5 to make up our team of 8. The team played twenty 2 minute games in total against 7 different schools. We won 7 games, drew 12 and lost only the 1! We were so proud of the whole team who performed amazingly well! Beatrice was awarded player of the tournament which was thoroughly deserved - we saw her grow in confidence and showcase her brilliant sporting fighting spirit! The team thoroughly enjoyed the festival and represented the school in a very impressive manner.