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Football

Spires Academy under 12 Small School Cup Fixture against New Rickstone Academy

The match had a shaky start, with both teams wanting to stamp their authority on it very early on. Within minutes Spires soaked up a bit of pressure with a massive kick from Denis Mehalla which bypassed the midfield.  Olly Evans rushed on a mistake by the defender and with a cool left foot, slotted the ball past the goalkeeper, just 6 minutes in.  After a great start, Spires were brought back down to earth with a great corner from New Rickstone, which was met by their centre back like a bullet.  The pace of this match didn’t stop and after another few minutes Spires were back in the lead after a great individual run by Kian Reynolds who took on 2 players out wide and crossed a perfect ball into the box.  This was met by the left foot of Olly Evans to make it 2-1. Going with the pace of the game New Rickstone were back level after a mix up between the Goalkeeper and a Defender which resulted in Aden King slicing the ball into his own net.

This kicked the Spires team into gear and soon after this they won a corner.  Tom Dodds crossed a perfect ball back post where again the left footed striker, Olly Evans, popped up back post with a powerful header to take the game 3-2 to Spires at half time.

After half time Spires were under a lot of pressure, but Aden King and Eddie Jordan were like brick walls and swept up everything.  With about 10 minutes to go another great through ball by Tom Dodds opened up their defence and Olly scored his 4th goal.  Immediately after kick off, Spires pressed hard and stole the ball from the wobbly centre back and again Tom Dodds slotted straight into the path of the on-form, Olly Evans.  By now, confidence was sky high and after New Rickstone had slowly taken kick off again, the ball was given straight back to Olly Evans who slotted out wide for Kian Reynolds.  Kian had the last kick, scoring the goal of the match from outside the box, reminiscent of Tony Yeboah  as it smashed off the crossbar.  This was the final kick of the game and Spires progressed into the next round

MOTM was Eddie Jordan.

Dance

Megan recently competed in the 32nd Camber Dance Festival. Megan came 2nd out of 48 girls in the freestyle competition which enabled her to qualify for the 'Supreme Dancer' on Sunday night. She came 2nd in the paired competition within the rock and roll section and she made the semi-finals in the slow dance section.

Bobby Scargill and Kiya Ward  took part on 9th October in a Dance competition, both girls did amazingly well with a 4th in Pair Street Dance and 5th in Freestyle Pair.

Gymnastics

Spires Academy gymnasts showcased their skills at the British Schools Gymnastics Association’s under-19 floor and vault competition. The contest was held at Spires Academy, Sturry, on Sunday (4) and involved pupils from six schools in the south east, with Spires and Canterbury Academy from the east Kent area, Gymnasts performed somersaults, walkovers and handspring vaults, with judges awarding marks for individual performances. Spires’ stars including Phoebe Blair, 12, who won first place in the Year 7 intermediate girls, while Lucy Fagg, 13, came top in the Year 8 novice section. Amy Carpenter, 13, was awarded second place in the Year 9 intermediate girls. Spires Academy pupils benefit from elite training on and off site with Canterbury Gymnastics Club, plus the facilities of the school’s state-of-the-art gym. Nicky Lewis, head of sports development at Spires Academy said: “We are extremely proud of the performances from Spires’ gymnasts. Our captain, Amy Carpenter, did a great job supporting the girls and all our gymnasts performed extremely well. It proved to be a tough day of competition with gymnasts from all across the south east in attendance but it’s fantastic to see the elite gymnastics programme at Spires Academy proving dividends. “We now look to the next competition in January where we hope to build on this success and continue to work hard.” Other schools taking part were Kent College, Pembury, St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesend, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School and Tormead School, Guildford.

Golf

British Schools and Colleges Golf Competition

Students from Spires Academy Elite Golf programme competed in the British Schools and Colleges Golf Competition, South East Region again this year. They competed at various courses across the South East including Eastbourne, Angemering and Boughton Golf Club. The Spires students played against the likes of Italys U18 number 1, multiple county and National representatives including Number 1 women’s player for the U18 England Team. Owen Fagg Captained the side throughout the competitions supported by some strong performances from Harry Fagg, Euan Evans and Joe Blackwell. Whilst the students did not win the medal competitions they performed admirably and certainly benefitted playing with the top young players from across Europe. Well done boys!

Community links            

The Elite Sports Academies have committed to supporting the local community. The Dance Academy and Gymnastics Academy recently visited Meadowview Care Home to show off their skills, meet the residents and have lunch with some of the care homes residents. The dance academy students taught some of the residents Street Dance and Freestyle whilst in return the residents taught the dance academy students how to Waltz. The students loved the experience and will be continuing to visit Meadowview to provide some extra stimulation for the residents and learn new things from an older generation. The students and residents really value the experience and seem to thrive in each other’s company.