Sporty Shine Shenanigans at Canford School

A select few of our Year 5 students had the amazing opportunity to attend Canford School and participate in a few sporting events with specialist coaching from Canford School staff and their pupils.

We set off in the morning and arrived in drizzle but it didn’t dampen the children’s spirits as they split into groups, ready to try their hand at tennis, cricket and rowing.

The children were amazed and impressed by the vast grounds and facilities.  They did a rotation of activities: in cricket they learnt fielding, batting and bowling skills and in tennis they played a series of pairs games that worked on ball skills and hand eye coordination.

“I liked the tennis, the games got harder and harder.” Kimberley

During the rowing they learnt how to hold the oars and rotate the blade to move it through the water, a few children also took a turn at being the cox.

“I liked rowing, I thought we might fall in but it was fun!” Kyle

“I really liked the rowing, it was a once in a life time opportunity.”

“I liked rowing because it was very challenging.”

“Rowing was fun!”

“I think I saw an otter in the river, it swam under the boat.”

After the activities, the children where taken to the school canteen in the main building, which resembled Hogwarts.  The children had a fantastic choice of delicious food which they really appreciated after being physically active all morning.


Once we returned to the cricket pavilion to collect our belongings the children saw a helicopter on an outfield.  Prince Edward had been visiting the school to play tennis the previous day as part of Duke of Edinburgh award and had stayed on. The children got to see the helicopter take off!

“I liked seeing the helicopter and royal family.” Leona

“I liked seeing the helicopter take off, it was noisy.” Imogen

As always our Kingsleigh pupils made us proud. The were energetic, enthusiastic, polite and tried things that were out of the comfort zone, showing real resilience and grit.