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2021-22 Ashbourne Primary Sports Success

Further relaxation of covid restrictions has allowed a return to inter-school competitive sport, starting with a packed autumn calendar.

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Infant Cross Country Running

Well done to the infants in Year 1 and 2. They’ve successfully completed a half mile (800m) running race at Osmaston Polo Ground this afternoon. The weather was kind, and we were even treated to another rainbow on our arrival.

Thanks to staff for leading warm ups and games before and after the races. Many thanks also to Mrs. Stockwell for lending her time to help support the .

The runners were all very strong and used the practise from last week to help them. They also made great cheer leaders as can be seen in the last two frames above.

Full results are yet to be released but in the Y2 race, Billy and Ben fought it out with another school’s runner for the win with Billy just edging out Ben in the sprint. It was wonderful to see that the future is bright with such young talents already shining.

Mr. Peach

And they’re off!

Some of our juniors had fun in the mud on Tuesday afternoon at the QEGS junior cross country event. Thankfully the rain held off for both races but the ground was still well soaked from the night before.

Year 3 and 4 set off first for their 1.3km race. Ollie battled all the way to the end to finish a very close second in a nail-biting finish in an incredible show of self motivation. He was ably supported by the rest of the team.

Rhys and Alfie both finished in the top ten overall in the Year 5 and 6 race with Rose finishing first out of all of the girls and closely followed by Bethany, Elsie and Eliana. The rest of the team soon followed after a grueling and hilly 2.1km.

Special mention should go to Sammie, who entered to run having never run a cross country race before. She showed amazing perseverance and self motivation to finish the whole course.

Well done to all.

Mr. Peach

Year 3/4 Football

Lots of happy faces at this afternoon’s Year 3/4 QEGS cluster football festival. The school fielded three strong teams mixing established players with first timers. Each team won plenty of games.

Well done to all!

Mr. Peach

Year 5/6 Football

QEGS hosted the first competitive primary event for nearly two years. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas, and it was a wet welcome back into competition for our steely players.

The school fielded three strong teams against other local primaries. Pictured above are the overall victors of the event, Ashbourne A – soundly dispersing their opposition with an expert display way beyond their years. They showed that the teams and weather weren’t going to stop them regaining a title that the school has held for a number of years straight now.

Alfie, Riley, Charlie and Jacob proved potent in front of goal, bagging a hatful of goals between them while at the back Rose led the defence of Sam, Elsie and Filip to ensure a host of clean sheets throughout the tournament. Seth, Isla and Joshie played brilliantly in the early rounds to set up the A team for overall victory.

Our B and C teams were split evenly to ensure the players gained valuable playing time and also a chance to win some of their games, which they both did ably and they should be proud of their efforts.

Thank you to parents for braving the worst of the rain in support of the school and players.

Mr. Wood and Miss Botham proved invaluable in their leadership of their teams, and we humbly thank Mr. Wood for his time and expertise.

A great (if wet) return to competition. I hope everyone is wrapped up warm with a hot chocolate.

Mr. Peach


Year 5/6 Tag Rugby

An excellent performance this afternoon at the Year 5/6 Tag Rugby tournament. Despite the fact that these children hadn’t even practised together before the event, they reached the finals with a string of wins along the way!

A fantastic display of teamwork and perseverance even when things weren’t going their way.

Well done!

Rural Derbyshire Tag Rugby

Congratulations to the players in the tag rugby team – silver medallists!

The team beat Wirksworth Juniors in a close game 3-2 to steady their nerves in their first game. Osmaston proved a formidable force in the second game handing Ashbourne a 4-0 loss. Mr. Clark soon motivated the players again to sweep Hope aside in the third group game allowing Ashbourne to progress to the semi-finals.

Darley Dale awaited the team and in a very close game, it looked quite tense as each side matched each others scores. Team Captain Elsie rallied her troops and Sam and Rhys capitalized on two Darley Dale mistakes to nudge Ashbourne ahead and into the final just before the whistle.

A familiar foe awaited in the final – a well drilled Year 6 team from Osmaston. Ashbourne played out of their skin to improve on their previous 4-0 loss to score two tries to Osmaston’s 5.

The scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story though. Many teams may have become disheartened coming up against such a strong side and especially after a recent and comprehensive loss. But the team improved and caught Osmaston on the back foot many times resulting in a very well earned silver medal.

Thanks to all the players for their teamwork and support of each other. Thanks to Mr. Clark and Miss Botham for guiding the team to an area final. Thanks also to Mrs. Millward, Mrs. Davies and Mrs. Waring for their time to come and support the team – it really helped!

Mr. Peach

Year 1/2 Football

On Monday 22nd November, a team of infants travelled to Osmaston Polo Ground to play in a football festival against other local primary schools.

Miss Botham led the players to a stunning display of results, recording one draw amongst a bucket full of wins and no losses. Although these were a set of friendly games, it was wonderful to see a new generation emerging with talent in excess to keep the Ashbourne Primary name strong.

All the players worked well together showing great teamwork and respect, and behaviour was noted as being exemplary.

Thanks to parents who attended and supported these youngsters along with Miss Botham, whose talents for organising teams and bringing them success must be championed.

Mr. Peach

Silver medallists!

Well done to our football team in the Rural Derbyshire Final at Highfields, Matlock.

In the group games, they scored three against Longstone in their first game but came up against a strong Darley Dale side and lost 3-2.

All was not lost though as the team picked themselves up and soundly beat Osmaston 3-0 and then Lea 2-0 in the final group game.

The semi finals awaited and Ashbourne performed brilliantly to score two past Bamford setting them up for a final against Darley Dale, who had already beaten them.

It was a tense and feisty final, where Darley Dale proved a meaner opponent than the last encounter. Rules were bent and late feet were left dangling to cause our team some worry. Tears were shed and the game could’ve gone either way. Darley Dale scored after a close passage of play. Ashbourne scored an equaliser soon after bit it was disallowed after a player injury.

Ultimately, they couldn’t get back on terms but the team can hold their heads high as proud silver medallists knowing that they played by the rule book and with sportmanship rather than gamesmanship.

Well done everyone.

Bronze medals for the girls!

Well done to the girls’ football team for winning a bronze medal at the Rural Derbyshire Mini Soccer Final.

They finished the group games beating Darley Dale 2-1 and losing 1-0 to Lea and 2-1 to Longstone. Well done to Rose and Faye for their goals.

This set them up for a 3rd/4th playoff against Longstone having already lost to them earlier.

Elsie produced another great corner for Rose to finish and make the final score 1-0 to secure bronze.

A great achievement for the squad considering the lack of practice and experience. Hopefully they can build on this and become even stronger.

Thanks to Mrs. Davies for her time supporting the team.

Mr. Peach


Derbyshire Cross Country Championships

Ashbourne Primary School are double Derbyshire County Cross Country Champions to kick off 2022 with a bang!

Well done to these eight runners for braving the rain and mud in Mansfield:
Rose Davies, Eliana Cresswell, Freya Ratcliffe, Elsie Robson, Rhys Thomas, Sam Waring, Ollie Thornley, Rohith Sakthimohan.

Rose led the girls’ team home with an impressive 2nd place to secure an individual silver to add to her team gold. Eliana and Freya soon followed to back her up with 4th and 5th respectively and win the team gold, while Elsie showed real grit and determination to secure herself a top 10 finish after fighting off a recent illness.

In the boys’ event, Rhys won the individual gold to become county champion ahead of Sam in 3rd and bronze. Ollie narrowly missed out on an individual medal in 4th place to close out the gold medal winning team. They were ably supported by Rohith, who found the conditions tough but he battled on to another top 10 finish.

Well done everyone. Thanks to parents and families for making the journey over to Mansfield for this event in unpleasant conditions.

Mr. Peach

Derby County Community Trust U11 Kids’ Cup

We’ve had a frantic morning of football games in Derby today at the Powerleague for the Derby County U11 Kid’s Cup.

Both the A team and B team had a valuable experience with the As very narrowly missing out on qualification for the next round of games.

The highlight of the day came just as we were leaving as the players were treated to a photograph with Derby County striker Colin Kazim-Richards.

Thanks to Miss Botham Mrs. Davies and Mr. Wood for their time supporting the teams.

Mr. Peach ⚽️

QEGS Basketball

Friday 14th capped off an incredibly busy week of competition for years 5&6 with many children competing in the QEGS cluster mini-basketball competition.

Lots of children took advantage of the opportunity to represent the school safe in the knowledge that they were well practised from their use of the basketball hoops on the school playground.

Four teams took to the courts at QEGS with all of them winning a bag full of games. Teams B and D used the experience to showcase some of the skills they had learned from the playground. Charlie led his team with a brilliant display of attacking flair, while Ava and Matt worked well together to help less experience players on their team. They even let out a deafening squeal when they scored their first basket. 🙉

Teams A&C won their groups respectively to book their places in the semi finals with two Osmaston teams providing the opposition. Team C had won all of their games up to this point and they gave a brave performance against a very strong and well drilled Osmaston A team but were ultimately knocked out. Team A swept their opponents aside to progress to the final with Poppy being the surprise player, knocking in rebound after rebound.

The final was a tense affair with the court surrounded by QEGS leaders, many of whom were alumni of both APS and Osmaston. They provided a partisan atmosphere not too dissimilar to a professional football match between local rivals.

Early in the game, Alfie was struck in the eye, taking him out of the play for a good five minutes. In this time Osmaston scored two baskets. The rest of the team found an extra gear and had a string of near misses from Seth, Filip and Lenny before Alfie scored a rebound to make it 2-1. The tide was turning and the team were putting in a very physical performance to dominate the late play. Ultimately the time ran down to end the game 2-1 but it could’ve been a very different story without the eye injury.

The game was so tense, the young referee ended up doubled over in exhaustion and he must be commended for his efforts to lead such an eventful game fairly.

All teams put in 110% using their skills from the playground and it was utterly delightful to watch them all performing as well-oiled machines to varying degrees of success – a great end to the week.

Mr. Peach

Quidditch Festival

Some Year 3s and 4s took a magical trip to Hogwarts this morning to learn how to play games based on Quidditch.

They tried their best to fly their broomsticks and catch the golden snitch.

It was great to see them enjoying a game and being physically active without the high stakes of competition.

Well done, everyone!

Mr. Peach

On your marks…

We had a very very exciting afternoon at QEGS on Tuesday for the cluster sportshall athletics competition. The team was made up of well-practised athletes alongside some new faces, who tasted their first sample of competitive running, jumping and throwing. And they seized the opportunity with both hands.

There were both boys and girls in the team but the event was so jam packed with excitement and also split across two halls that it was difficult to keep track of everyone via film.

The team finished 2nd overall, which they should be very proud of.

The event finished with the girls’ relay, which is shown above. The girls ran out of their skin to come from fourth right through to win. Orla and Elsie started the team off well keeping the team in touch with the leaders followed by absolutely storming relay legs by Isla and Bethany to clinch victory.

The boys had similar success with Rhys, Riley and Sam all combining well to dominate the field in two of their relays.

Mr. Peach