Fixtures News

Congratulations to our equestrian team who finished 1st at the Bloxham Arena Eventer Challenge last weekend.

The team included:-

Jess Ross
Rose Vella
Faye Ogborne
Annabelle Ross
Kitty Gibbins (individual competitor)

Well done to all riders representing Sponne. We look forward to hearing about more success in the future.



On the 7th December Jeremy Gundle and Matthew Ward travelled to the olympic velodrome in London to participate in the British Rowing Indoor Championships. After winning both of his heats , Jeremy went on to finish with the silver medal in the 4 minute row ( covering 1164m and missing out on Gold by only 2m!) and bronze in the 500m row ( 1min 34s) again missing out on silver by 0.1 s and gold by 0.4s! Matthew competed valiantly,(despite a heavy cold) finishing a very creditable 26th in the 4minute row. An excellent achievement for both boys!
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Girls U16 County Cup Football – Thu 17 October

Sponne v Duston – Won 3-2

Players Player – Maddie & Alex

Coaches Player - Maddie

Report by Hannah (Captain)

We started looking strong, in the first 5 minutes we on the counter attack and Alex dribbles past a few defenders and scored from a tight angle and it was 1-0!  A few minutes later they scored which made it 1-1.  Around 10 minutes later a great goal from Mia made us go 2-1 up.  Just before half time, Duston equalised making us even more determined going into the second half.

Maddie volunteered to swap with Sophie and go in goal and did a brilliant job! Both teams were equal with midfield looking strong and defenders shutting down chances at both ends of the pitch.  With 15 minutes to go we sent the ball through and Alex go on the end of it and put the ball in the back of the net for her second goal.  It was a great game and we played hard and deserved the win.  An outstanding team performance!  Thank you to all our supporters that came to cheer us on.

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On Tuesday 5th November Sponne’s U14 (Year 9) team took part in the County Cup at Oundle after recently winning the qualifying County Plate competition. This competition is known for being very tough and usually consists of the large independent Schools.

Sponne had a tough start to the day against Wellingborough School in very heavy rain, Captain Lily won the toss and Sponne set off quickly to score the first goal. Unfortunately, the rain became heavier and the game slowed right down. Finishing 5-5 we headed into our next game soaked to the skin and very cold. The rain eased slightly and we were able to play some flowing netball, we made some silly errors due to the conditions but with our usual grit and determination we pulled together and won the game against Oundle 10-9. Final game of the day was against Northampton High School and with the first game ending in a draw we knew we needed to not only win but to build up a big goal difference to set ourselves ahead of Wellingborough. As predicted the girls pulled it out of the bag with a fabulous demonstration of teamwork and attitude, winning the final game 21-1

Sponne regularly qualify for these competitions but until now, have been unable to be competitive amongst the private Schools. This year the U14 girls were not only competitive but went on to win the Cup.

After speaking with the Northants Netball County Chair and the Director of Netball at Oundle they advised me that this hasn’t been achieved by a State school in as long as they can remember. As a result of this success the U14’s have qualified for the Regional Finals in Derbyshire on Saturday 25 th January.

Congratulations girls you have worked so hard for this.

Coach Wade


Primary School Games Inclusive Boccia Tournament - Thursday 24 October

Today I was a Sports Leader at the Primary School Games Inclusive Boccia Tournament held at Sponne. Boccia is a precision ball sport, a bit like indoor bowls but played from sitting in a chair as it is for athletes with disabilities.  It has been in the Paralympics since 1984.

It was super fun as we got to help out the young children. At the end of the school day we went down to the P.E. office and got given a T-shirt by Mrs Black which said “Sports Leader” on them.  In the sports hall we got taught how to score and play the game before all the schools arrived. After our quick game, we were given our courts to umpire and our score sheets.

As the schools started to arrive, we helped them to practise and then we all got ready to start the competition. The children were very excited about playing, it was lovely to see a whole mix of children with, and without disabilities because this was an Inclusive Tournament, something we learned about at our Leaders Conference last week.  

When the games started we all broke off into pairs, and then started to play the 1st end. After we had finished all our games, we went onto the semi-finals and the finals.

This year there were two prizes: Medals for the overall competition winners overall and certificates and badges celebrating self-belief, determination and passion for the school that got the highest in each of these areas, which were voted for by The Sports Leaders.

At the end of the tournament we all packed up together before we left...Mrs Black said clearing away is a very important part of Leadership!!

I really enjoyed today because, it was super fun and we got to help the young children play Boccia.

By Scarlett Wheeler

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