Dunhurst celebrates National School Sports Week

Posted on 03rd July 2017

Pupils from Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst threw themselves into National School Sports Week in June with a full itinerary of events.

The ‘Dunhurst Dash’ kick-started the week, which involved pupils dashing over an inflatable obstacle course comprising three huge inflatables and an 86 foot army assault course complete with cargo nets and hay bales. Some competitors where so enthused that they completed the course more than once.

Director of Sport, Spencer Leach said: “The effort levels were impressive – especially considering the glorious sunshine and high temperatures. Pupils showed real tenacity and really made this event enjoyable.”

Continuing the sporting week, Dunhurst welcomed Thinus Delport, former South African international rugby star to the school as part of the Sky Living for Sport programme. The former fullback hosted a workshop with children from Dunhurst and Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie. He talked about his journey into elite sport and how he overcame challenges throughout his career (view photos).

The Dunhurst Whole School Triathlon took to the field the next day and pupils were given the option to choose a team triathlon, biathlon or challenge themselves and try the full distance as an individual.

Thursday saw a team of year 7 and 8 pupils travel to Portsmouth for county athletics where six Dunhurstians qualified for the county finals on 11 July, and on home-ground, year 5 and 6 took part in a QuadKids athletics competition.

If the Pupils weren’t tied enough, Friday brought the highlight of the school sporting calendar: Sports Day. All 160 children battled it out to secure their house the title with Butser House coming out as overall winners.

Spencer said: “It was great to see so many children so determined to win points for their respective houses. We have had a hugely successful National School Sports Week and look forward to next year where we can make it even bigger.” 

View National School Sports Week photos.