Well done to our Year 9 and 10 girls’ rugby teams this week at the RFL Champion Schools National Festivals. Our Year 9 team finished sixth overall. Our Year 10s progressed to the National Final with a fantastic Semi Final win over St Peters from Manchester. They will now play Castleford Academy on Wednesday 6 July at Victoria Park in Warrington.
Mr Carbutt, Rugby Coach said: "It’s been another emotional week at the National Festivals. I am extremely proud of every player in both teams who has represented Astley Community High School. The Year 9s gave everything they had it was just not their day. I am positive they will come back even stronger next year. The Year 10s played very well against some strong opposition. The Year 10s have had one goal in mind all year that they worked so hard to achieve, that was amazing to see. My attention will now be turning to preparations for the National Final to make sure the team are given the best possible chance to bring the national trophy back to the North East.”
Mr Barnes, Executive Headteacher said: "I am very proud of the success of both teams and the effort and grit they have put in all season. Both squads should be really proud of what they have achieved and I wish the Year 10s all the very best for the final. All the players are a credit to themselves, their families and the school."
Mr Scott, Head of School said: "We are all absolutely delighted that the girls have managed to reach another National Final. Due to the determination of all of the squad and coaching staff, there is another opportunity to become the best in the country. We look forward to Friday 6 July and hopefully lifting the winners’ trophy again.”
Mr Gilhooley, Student Progress Leader commented: "The girls’ fantastic results this year have culminated in them reaching the National Final and are a great example of what can be achieved through hard work and determination. They are a credit to their families and our school. A special mention must go to Mr Carbutt for the hours of planning and preparation that he has put in with the team to get to this stage. I wish the girls all the best in the final. Everyone at Astley is immensely proud of you all."