Success for Ashlyns School both on and off the playing field

The Ashlyns School Year 9 boys' rugby team have been crowned both District and County Shield champions
The Ashlyns School Year 9 boys' rugby team have been crowned both District and County Shield champions

Ashlyns School sports leaders welcomed a number of esteemed guests in the celebration of achieving Sports Leadership Academy Status.

The celebration was a chance for the Ashlyns representatives to showcase their abilities in front of Sports Leaders UK and to receive the official plaque signifying Academy Status.

Ashlyns School has achieved Sports Leadership Academy Status PNL-140304-115330002

Ashlyns School has achieved Sports Leadership Academy Status PNL-140304-115330002

The selected sports leaders ran seven different sporting activities for the Year 3 class of Greenway School who visited Ashlyns to join the party.

Ashlyns headteacher James Shapland, head of governors Jackie Webby and Dacorum School Sports Network manager Clare McCawley were also in attendance.

Ten Year 4 students from Greenway who have recently been trained by Ashlyns Year 11 Sports Leaders on how to become leaders themselves, made an excellent speech on what they enjoy about being a leader and what they got from the project.

Sports Leaders UK provide courses for 6,000 organisations and centres across the country and less than 100 have been awarded this status.

David Jones, head of the Leadership Programme at Ashlyns said: “I have a sense of immense pride seeing the work that our leaders produce. They are fantastic at what they do and inspire many others.”

There was further success for the school, as the Ashlyns Year 9 boys’ rugby team were crowned both District and County Shield champions.

The boys played superbly all season and comfortably won their district league with ease, going undefeated.

Once the league was won, Ashlyns played a quarter-final against Francis Coombe, winnning 70-0, before beating Marlborough School 14-12 in a tight semi-final.

That set up a final against The John Warner School, and Ashlyns were dominant throughout. The whole team was superb and the whistle came when Jamie Hoyes kicked the ball out to confirm a 42-12 victory.

Teacher David Jones said: “I am so proud to have been part of such a talented and fantastic group of boys. They have been an absolute credit to the school and deserve all the praise they receive - well done.”