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Sports News 

As a school we offer a variety of sporting opportunities on and off site where students are able to compete for national positions.

These sports pages will show you some of the events and the students success stories


2014/15 has been a wonderful year of PE, Games and sport and we would like to thank all those pupils who have represented the school throughout the year across the range of sporting fixtures. We have been delighted with the commitment and dedication demonstrated by so many of our pupils and look forward to some more success in the forthcoming academic year.
A special mention must go to the U13s footballers who won the SIS football league. 
Holland sports tour.
The Isle of Man sports tour.

U13 Tennis and U15 have won the Leeds/Wakefield league title. 
U15 – Max Jefferies, Henry Hackwell, Joe Fletcher, Hamish Elwis, Jakob Pfiz.
U13 – Will Harrison, Josh Dawson, Joe Morton, Oli Nicholls, Harry Dean, Tom Lodge, Rob Elwis, Sam Todd
U12s runners up at North of England Tennis Champs beating Manchester Grammar, Hymers, Newcastle, Yarm, (see website report for others). 

The U12 boys competed in a number of hockey fixtures and tournaments this year. Considering this was the first time they had played hockey competitively for many of the boys, they were fantastic and I think a very exciting year ahead awaits next year.

U14 begin strongly at Basketball and beat a strong Kings side.


Joe and Max go Close at the North of England Boys Tennis Championships

Joe Fletcher and Max Jefferies (above) with their runners-up trophy!

On Saturday 20th June, Ackworth competed in the North of England Boys Tennis Championships for the Under 12 and Under 14s. Ackworth brought 2 pairs at each age group and competed strongly in the Under 14s. Harry Anderson and Rob Elwis won all but one of their group games, narrowly missing out on progression to the latter stages. However, they managed to show their skill and attitude in the plate competition and were prevented from the final only on games difference. Our other under 14 pair containing left-handed Peter Jackson and French talent Coriolan De Panafieu managed similar success, struggling in the early rounds yet finding their feet in the plate competition to also miss out on an all ackworth final on games difference! Ackworth’s under 12 B pair, Thomas Lodge and Josh Dawson performed to their maximum, causing eventual U12 winners ‘Hymers A’ a fantastic battle in the early rounds. Testament to the performances of the pair, they were disappointed not to make the final rounds, however in the plate competition they performed strongly, improving as the day progressed. They were also unfortunate not to progress from their plate group and won the majority of their group games in this tournament, only to narrowly miss out on progression to the final stages. 
The performances of the day came from Ackworth’s heavily fancied U12 A team containing the excellent combination of Joe Fletcher and Max Jefferies. The boys started slowly in their opening match vs Manchester Grammar but ran out eventual winners 6-1. They began to grow with convincing performances in the group stage, beating Hymers B 6-1, Newcastle School for Boys B 6-2, and Pockilington 6-2. When progressing to the next stage, the boys continued to exert their dominance with a 6-2 victory over Yarm B. They then came up against a resilient Newcastle School for Boys who came back from 5-1 down to make it 5-4 to Ackworth. The boys held their nerve to serve out the match 6-4 in what was their toughest test so far. 
Ackworth then faced Hymers A in the final. The game started evenly with some fantastic Tennis played by both sides. Hymers A took the first 2 games, however Ackworth responded by bringing the match back to 2-2. The Hymers pair took the next 4 evenly contested games, showing their skill. Joe and Max were extremely unfortunate to lose these matches which involved 3 net cords in favour of the opposition. Joe and Max showed excellent skill and determination throughout the day and have done both themselves, and Ackworth school proud. Hopefully, this is a trophy they can get their hands on in future years. Their first attempt will be as an under 14 pair next year!


Fencing Success

Ackworth School’s Fencing Club has been a popular after school club for many years. This year our fencers have gone from strength to strength. We are really proud of their achievements.

Ally Hyde has completed her Gold Foil Award; Sam Huang gained his Bronze and Silver Sabre Awards; Nick Wang has achieved his Bronze Foil Award.
Another notable achievement – Finlay Caswell won third place at the recent U16 Yorkshire Youth League Competition in Penistone.
Well done fencers!

Ackworth Boys Tennis close in on league titles! Thursday 11th June


The under 15s and under 13 boys took one step closer to the league title on Thursday 11th June, beating the Boston Spa teams convincingly. The Boys under 15s managed to win all singles and doubles sets against a good Boston team. Joe Fletcher, Max Jeffries, Henry Hackwell and Hamish Elwis continued their superb form with some great Tennis. The under 13s managed to win with similar style, as Josh Dawson, Will Harrison, Olly Nicholls and Joe Morton continued their unbeaten record, having never lost a set between them all season. The under 15s require a win in their final match vs Temple Moor High School on 2nd July to confirm their place as LTA Leeds/Wakefield league champions, whereas the unbeaten under 13s have 2 remaining league fixtures against Temple Moor and Wetherby. If both sides can maintain their 100% record, they will be crowned regional champions!
The boys continued their fine form into Tuesday’s friendly against Hull Collegiate. An under 12 and under 13s team managed to demonstrate their skill and determination to win at both age groups. Leona also took part in the boys team, beating a very talented under 13 6-0. The other players involved were Joe Fletcher, Max Jeffries, Sam Todd, Mac Livock, Josh Dawson, Will Harrison, Thomas Lodge and Joe Morton. 

On Saturday, the boys will be competing in the North of England Boys Championships at under 12 and under 14 level. We wish them all the best as they aim to replicate their fine form on a bigger platform!


The 'McRobert Cup for Sporting Achievement'

The 'McRobert Cup for Sporting Achievement' was inaugurated in 1989.  The award is presented to acknowledge the commitment and excellence a pupil has shown throughout a year.  This includes their commitment to both PE and school sport.

The recipient of this year's award, over the course of this year, has demonstrated great passion and pride when competing for the school, not just in one sport.  This individual has never given up trying, regardless of the score or the conditions they were playing in.

They have shown excellent commitment to sport at Ackworth School through consistently attending every possible training opportunity.  There have been times where this student has had no previous experience of participating in a particular activity yet this has never deterred them from having a go and trying their best.  A wonderful attitude that I believe many other students should strive to achieve.

They epitomise the phrase 'team player', never complaining when selected to start as a sub just using this as motivation to work harder and develop their game.

I personally have been bowled over with this student and have never been able to fault their dedication and attitude.  I have often been inspired through what this person has achieved and I know that he has provided not just myself, but his team mates and peers with outstanding motivation.  They have become a natural role model within PE and school sport at Ackworth.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with this pupil and I would like to thank them on behalf of the whole PE department for everything the have done for Ackworth School PE and School Sport this year.

For those of you who don't know, today is this person's last day at Ackworth School and nothing fives me more satisfaction in presenting this award to someone who truly deserves the accolade of receiving the 'McRobert Cup for Sporting Achievement'.

Please would Holt Hogan come forward to receive his award.

U13s Tennis

Ackworth Under 13s began their league campaign On Tuesday with a resounding 10-2 victory over Allerton High School. Will Harrison and Olly Nicholls began with a close doubles match which was 3-3 in games until a late surge by the pair meant the match ended 6-3 to Ackworth. Max Jeffries and Joe Fletcher were in typically dominant form and won their singles 6-0 each. There were wins also for the so far unbeaten Josh Dawson and Henry Hackwell who both won their matches fairly comfortably through some outstanding Tennis. Harry Dean came close to making it an Ackworth whitewash but was unfortunate to lose 7-5 on a tie break in a fantastic match. Recent performances from this age group have demonstrated the fantastic potential these players posses for the rest of the season and beyond!

A match report for the match on Thursday 21st May:

The U15 girls faced a tough Rounders match against  Hill House School this week. Although the girls worked hard and batted consistently, both teams had 3 Rounders each after the 1st innings. During the 2nd innings Ackworth’s fielding was outstanding which led to a number of players getting caught or stumped out. Hill House finished on a total of 5 ½ Rounders. The girls upped the pace in the 2nd innings and batted really well, resulting in them gaining a total of 10 ½ Rounders. Grit and determination really paid off, a fantastic result for the U15’s.


A busy week for Athletics

20th May 2015Wakefield schools year 7 athletics league 

1st form Results: No district comp for this age group so no qualifications – yr 7 district league
Josh Dawson 2nd 600m
Oliver Nichols 3rd 600m
Annie Bamford 3rd 100m
Boys relay (Josh Dawson, Tom Lodge, Will Harrison, Josh Ward) 3rd

21st May 2015: Wakefield schools district athletics competition - Junior, Inters and Seniors:

Jacob Pfitz 2nd 800m Senior Boys

Sam Dawson 800m Junior boys – qualified for district at 300m and 800m

Alex Rudkin 2nd 200m Junior boys – qualified for district at 100m and 200m

Katie Assassa 3rd Inter girls hurdles

Clara Greenwood 2nd Junior Inter Girls

Okemdi 2nd Long Jump Junior Boys – qualified for district at long jump

Holly Kitching 1st 800m – qualified for district for both 1500m and 800m


Thursday 14th 2015 Wakefield Schools district athletics competition

All students who completed performed to the best of their ability. This some standout performances from a number of students who qualified to represent Wakefield in their respective events. Holly Kitching in 1500m for year 10, Grace Clark in 1500m, for year 9, Will Bower for shot put in year 9, Alex Rudkin for 100m, and Sam Dawson in 400m for year 9. Benji Morton narrowly missed out on qualification for year 10 by 4 cm in the shot put coming 4th.  Jakob Phitz also delivered a very solid performance in the 1500m but was up against though competition for qualification. The next meet is on Thursday 21st May where we hope to repeat this week’s success in a number of different events.

18th May Tennis Report

It has been another strong week for Ackworth Tennis. This began on Tuesday with an Under 14 fixture vs Hull Collegiate. Our girls pair of Leona Clarkson and Clara Greenwood managed to win both of their doubles matches 6-2 and 6-3 in dominant fashion. The Boys team consisting of Sam Dawson, Harry Anderson, Will Bower and Coriolan had a much tighter fixture. It was all square after the singles with Harry and Coriolan winning their rubbers. The fixture would then be decided on the crucial doubles matches. Coriolan and Will managed to win their tie through some great Tennis in the difficult, blustery conditions. It was then upto Harry and Sam to win their tie for the match. However, this was another tight affair and the set eventually went to tie break. Sam and Harry held their nerve to eventually win their set 7-6 and give Ackworth the 4-2 win their Tennis had deserved. This was down in no small part to Harry’s control at the back of the court and some excellent net play from Sam, who converted several volleys at important stages of the match. 

Cricket: Tuesday 12th May 2015 – Ackworth U12s Vs Huddersfield U12s

Ackworth batted first and had to contend with a few very tight and accurate early overs from the Huddersfield bowlers. However in the 4th over Henry Hackwell started the over with 2 crunching blows for four, the first through square leg and second through cover. Henry used these as a springboard to attack and batted beautifully. He was very ably supported by Joe Morton, who gave the team a fantastic start alongside Henry. Joe fell to a fantastic catch by the wicketkeeper .Yet this only inspired Henry who further caresses 2 more boundaries and retired on 33 Not Out. Olly Nicholls and Tom Lodge then shared a solid partnership before Josh Dawson and Max Jefferies took to the crease. Both batted cautiously against the Huddersfield bowlers before unleashing an attack of superb shots in the last few overs. Josh Dawson finished the innings with a lovely boundary to leave him on 15 Not Out. Ackworth finished their innings on 102 for 3 from their 16 overs.
After a brilliant over from Alex Watson and just 1 run coming from it, Harry Dean followed up with a meticulously bowled Maiden. The pressure was building and Rob Elwis was able to strike in the 3rd over, clean bowling the Huddersfield opener. There was tremendous fielding on display from all the Ackworth fielders who kept runs to a complete minimum. This was highlighted with a brilliant catch from Josh Dawson off the bowling of Henry Hackwell. Henry followed up the next ball with an outstanding delivery which cannoned into and knocked middle stump out of the ground. Henry was on a hatrick, which the batsmen watched and played carefully. Ackworth limited Huddersfield to just 34 off their 16 overs.
This was easily the best and most consistent performance Ackworth have produced this season. I am absolutely delighted with the progress the boys are making with their cricket and in particular their bowling and fielding – it’s great to see the boys enjoying their cricket so much. Special mention to all the oys who played this fixture – Henry Hackwell, Joe Morton, Harry Dean, Thomas Lodge, Josh Dawson, George Hodgkiss, Olly Nicholls, Alex Watson, Rob Elwis and Max Jefferies. Well done Boys!! Mr Roberts


English Schools’ Athletics 12th May 2015

A large Ackworth School contingent travelled to the English Schools’ Athletics cup round 1 held at Thornes Park Wakefield. We had some stand out performances from a number of students; Jackob Pfitz finished 2nd in the intermediate boys 1500m and Holly Kitching was 1st in the intermediate girls 1500m with a clear gap over the rest of the field.

We also had success in field event with Emma Howell in the intermediate shot put. Our relay teams were strong with both intermediate boys (Benji Morton, Jackob Pfitz, Alex Rudkin and Dom Sanderson) and intermediate girls (Ella Frost, Emma Howell, Fran Whiting and Ellie Wiliamson) finishing second against stiff competition. The junior Boys (Josh Dawson, Ben Sokett, Okemdi, and Josh Ward) and Junior girls relay (Alice Mason, Charlie Whiting, Maddie Cusworth and Leona Clarkson) teams were also successful both finishing in third place.
A number of students achieved personal bests in their events which is a great achievement: Leona Clarkson and Sam Dawson in 800m, Oliver Nichols and Josh Dawson in 1500m.

4th Year Rounders Victory

The first match of the season resulted in a strong victory for the 4th Year Rounders Team against Becket Academy. Fast paced and accurate bowling from captain Fran Whiting meant that only 2.5 rounders were needed to equalise in the 1st innings. Consistent batting and great communication resulted in the girls leading by 5.5 rounders at the end of the 1st innings. Resilient fielding during the 2nd innings secured the win with the opposition ending the game on 5 rounders. A fantastic final bat from all of the girls led to a victory of 13.5 runs to 5.5

Tennis 2nd May 2015

Ackworth took 6 boys to the North of England Boys’ Tennis Championships at Ampleforth College on Saturday. Henry A and Lloyd were looking to retain their crown as champions however they were making the step up from the under 16s to under 18 level. Their quality told early on when they managed to beat Ampleforth ‘A’ in an exciting tie breaker 6-5. They continued to show their dominance in the initial group stage, winning 3 of 4 matches in a group alongside quality opposition from Yarm, Sedbergh and Manchester Grammar. They then came unstuck against some very good pairs in the final group stage but finished comfortably in the top 8 pairs. Perhaps next year they will be able to dominate their age group and could win the whole tournament based on their previous glory. 

Nikita and Holt continued to show some excellent tennis from Ackworth in their group, involving high quality opposition from schools such as Newcastle RGS, Hymers, Woodhouse Grove and Ampleforth. They were involved in some tight matches and narrowly lost out on progression to the final 8 group stage on games won. They then entered the plate competition where only 1 point prevented them from making the semi-final stage. 
In the Under 16 category, Henry B and Benji flew the Ackworth flag. They were also close in their pursuit of progression to the latter stages, beating numerous teams from their group stage which involved Ampleforth, Bradford Grammar, Newcastle RGS and Sedbergh. They also entered the plate competition and were 1 game away from winning their pool to enter the semi-finals. This was down, in no small part, to the teamwork of the pair in the doubles tournament and also to the service, which involved several aces throughout the day. 
Overall it was a successful day for Ackworth, who performed well in the difficult, windy conditions in North Yorkshire against a quality standard from schools around the North. 


Ackworth U15’s Vs Hemsworth Academy – Thursday 30th April


Will Day won the toss for Ackworth and elected to field first. Will opened the Ackworth innings with a wicket with his fourth ball bowling the Hemsworth opener. This was the start of what was a very impressive bowling and fielding display by the Ackworth Under 15’s. This consisted of two wickets for both William day and Daniel Tate, one wicket for Benji Morton, Joe Chambers, Hamish Elwis and also Magan Gowda. A mention should also go to Winston Fearnley, who kept wicket very neatly and also took two fantastic catches. Joe Chambers also took a magnificent catch off the bowling of Daniel Tate. Ackworth bowled Hemsworth out for a total of 32.

The debutant, Jakob Pfiz, opened the batting for Ackworth alongside Khalil Duncan who unfortunately was run out trying to pinch a quick single. The tight and accurate bowling made scoring difficult for Ackworth. However, a top score from Benji Morton of 17 not-out supported by a solid innings from Daiki Kawasaki (including a well stroked 4) pushed Ackworth towards the winning total of 33.  Morton finished the game with a big hit for four.
A very positive start for the Under 15’s – congratulations to all the boys involved.


Ackworth U13s Vs Kings Pontefract U13s – Tuesday 28th April


Cricket season started with a very close game yesterday.

Henry Hackwell won the toss and elected to field. Leading from the front, Henry struck in the first over with a fantastic ball moving off the seam to hit middle stump. A solid batting partnership from the King’s number 2 and 3 was eventually broken with a catch behind the stumps by Max Jefferies after a fiery short ball from Matthew Manders. Ackworth took another wicket soon after through an outstanding catch from Harry Dean, again off the bowling off Matthew Manders. Harry Dean completed a faultless fielding display with a perfect one hand pick up and throw run out on the final ball of the Kings innings. Kings finished their innings 71 for 4 off their 16 overs.
Ackworth struggled early in their innings due to the consistently accurate bowling from the Kings bowlers who took 4 early wickets. Henry Hackwell was then run out by a direct hit leaving Ackworth 22 for 6. This brought to the crease Oliver Nichols and Matthew Manders, who had to work hard for their runs but executed a partnership of 33 which was broken when Matthew was caught and bowled. Reven Singh came to the crease with Ackworth requiring 17 to win from 4 overs. However he was sadly run out pushing hard for a second run soon after. George Hodgkiss (last man, due to an injury to Harry Dean) joined Oliver Nicolls in the penultimate over where  Ackworth required 8 to win from 10 balls. A beautiful leg glance for 4 from Oliver reduced the total to 4 and a further well run 2 in the over left Ackworth requiring 2 for victory from the last over. George on strike managed to keep out an excellent first ball from the Kings bowler. George and Oliver scrambled a tight single on the second ball – scores were tied with 4 balls remaining and 1 wicket left. The King’s fielders surrounded Oliver on strike. However, an exquisitely placed flick of his pads saw Oliver hit the winning run for Ackworth.
A brilliant start to the cricket season and excellent performance from all the boys involved, even though this was not a good one for Mr Roberts’ nerves!


Cross Country Success

Well done to Holly Kitching, Grace Clark and Sam Dawson who have qualified to represent Wakefield in the West Yorkshire cross-country championships.  This event will take place on the 7th February at Silcoates School.

Football U13 (29/11/2014)

Ackworth Under 13s Football team completed a successful term on Saturday by beating Huddersfield Grammar 3-0. Without a recognised goalkeeper available, the responsibility fell to Josh Dawson, Henry Hackwell and Harry Dickinson to play in goal for the good of the team. The first half was a tight affair, with Ackworth creating the better chances. Will Harrison hit the post with a strike from the edge of the box after good work down the right hand side by Ed Ducker. 
The dominance of Ackworth told early in the second half when Tom Lodge opened the scoring. After a surging run down the right wing, Tom squeezed a shot in from a tight angle to make the score 1-0. Ackworth then began to create more chances resulting in an Oli Nichols goal from a Max Jeffries cross from the left hand side. Jonjo Holden-Stokes completed the scoring to make it 3-0 after springing the Huddersfield offside trap and showing great composure to stroke the ball past the keeper and into the corner of the goal. 
This was a good performance in a tight game which showed good strength of character from the Ackworth boys. Notable performances from Max Jeffries, Thomas Lodge and man of the match Josh Dawson enabled Ackworth to finish the term in style.  Mr Callister


Basketball U16 (14/11/2014)

It was our first basketball fixture this year for the U16's, so it was the first time the boys had played together and for some players it was their first competitive fixture.  The game was thoroughly exciting, with both teams taking the lead at different points throughout the game. Ackworth managed to hang on to a narrow lead and won 38-35.  A fantastic start and an excellent game. Well done boys!  Mr Roberts

Man of the match:  Nikita Demchenko



On the 5th of October Maya Watson, Holly and Lucy Kitching, James Robinson, James Bourke and I went to Queen Margaret's school to take part in the Yorkshire Schools Biathlon Championships.  When we arrived the first event was swimming where we all did very well.  Then we got changed to do our run.  We were all quite tired because we had to do 4 laps round the track.  After a long day I was glad to go home and tell my parents what a good day I had.
By Katie Assassa
A huge well done to all the runners and swimmers!  Some great performances including a Holly Kitching who came 1st in her age group!  


Cross Country - QEGS 9th October

Another great day for our cross-country runners.  
Oliver Nicholls 7th
Josh Dawson 9th
Josh Ward 32nd
Harry Dean 16th
Will Harrison 18th
Lucy Kitching 10th
Annie Bamford 32nd
Katie Assassa 27th
Grace Clark 6th
Sam Dawson 11th
Holly Kitching 4th
Magan Gowda 35th

Cross Country - Outwood 2nd October 

Well done to the following students who took part in the 2nd Cross Country event at Outwood Grange Academy.  All students performed extremely well against other local schools - their positive and supportive approach was outstanding! Josh Dawson came in 7th with Oliver Nicholls just behind in 8th place for the year 7 boys.  Holly Kitching was a magnificant 4th for year 10 girls.  Grace Clark performed strong again and all other students put in some great times.  Well done!

Cross Country - Pontefract 23rd Sept

Year 7 - Annie Bamford, Lucy Kitchen, Josh Dawson, Will Harrison, Harry Dean, Oliver Nicholls, Josh Ward
Year 8/9 - Katie Assassor (yr9), Maddie Cusworth (yr8), Sam Dawson (yr9)
Year 10/11 - Holly Kitchen (yr10)
Sixth Form - Sam Dyke
Ackworth performed extremely well in the cross country race at Pontefract Park this week.  All runners showed grit and determination, especially up the hill to the finish line.  Both Lucy Kitchen and Oliver Nicholls came 10th in the year 7 girls / boys race with Holly Kitchen coming 4th in the year 10/11 race!!  Great fun was had by all...well done!   


Football (Sept '14)

The under 16s played their opening match, a 7-a-side friendly game vs Huddersfield Grammar. From the first quarter of the game it was clear to see that Ackworth were the better side, however the game remained goalless. In the second quarter Ackworth broke the deadlock with a great goal to make it 1-0. Throughout the remainder of the game Ackworth continued to increase their lead, finishing the game as 5-0 winners. This included a fantastic hat-trick from Cameron Williams and a star performance from Freddie Dewhirst. This will hopefully be reflected in our league and cup performances when we play schools in 11-aside matches.

By Jake Finch  


The under 13s put out a similarly impressive performance. With the game deadlocked at 0-0 at half-time, It took a fantastic performance from Ackworth to score 3 in the second half. The goals came from Joe Morton, Will Harrison and an incredibly accurate strike from Henry Hackwell to cap off a brilliant performance. The outstanding performer on the night was Will Harrison, although the whole team played their part in a great start to the season. We hope this form will continue into the ISFA cup game vs Newcastle RGS on Monday 15thSeptember and into the league games throughout the season

Hockey (sept '14)

match report Bradford 2-1 U15 

Ackworth were 1-0 up in the first half due to a break set up by Fran Whiting which Emma Howell placed in the net. Shortly after we scored from another break set up and score by the same two girls. Bradford came out strong in the second half scoring straight away but we defended really well to keep them at bay until full time. The girls fought really hard and showed great determination against a very strong side.

Bootham 2-1  U16  

Maya Watson scored an amazing powerful goal at the start of the first half, but then Ackworth seemed to sit back on this and Bootham managed to equalise. The girls kept their heads high and Holly Kitching managed to score to make it 2-1. Bootham came back strong but Annis Livock and Izzy Tagg made some fantastic tackles and clearances. Maya was man of the match! 

The U13s played their first game against Read School and performed very well. They were extremely unlucky to have lost 1-0. They displayed outstanding stick work and good passing skills and the team showed great potential. The players of the match were: Maddie Cusworth and Amalie Harper.
Ackworth Senior team started the season strong and put in a brilliant first time performance, the girls linked up well during the game, and there were some beautiful passages of play. Ackworth put in a true team performance, but unfortunately we narrowly lost the game 1-0. It was a thoroughly enjoyable game to watch.




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