Football and Hockey made a welcome return to the extra-curricular calendar at Rydal Penrhos on Monday.
The sun was shining and there was plenty of excitement in the air on Monday 26 April as Rydal Penrhos pupils got back down to their Monday extra-curricular programme after a lengthy break. This saw Year 9 and 10 participate in Football and Hockey for the first time in 2021 following the second educational lockdown and the Easter holidays, which was another welcome return to some semblance of normality.
There was a huge turnout and increase in participation from Year 9 for their football session. They got back into the swing of things with game-based stipulations implemented to improve reactions, communication between teammates, vision and decision-making in real-time situations.
Despite the warm weather making for a tiring session, all pupils gave their absolute all and left communications manager Dean Jones impressed by what he saw from the group.
He said: “Considering how long Year 9 have been away from our Monday sessions, I was incredibly pleased with what I saw from the group.
“They really came on a significant amount over the autumn term and took on board everything really well. Their commitment and willingness to learn makes them a fun group to coach and I look forward to seeing further progress in the coming weeks.”
Football has become an increasingly popular sport over the last couple of years at Rydal Penrhos, which has not gone unnoticed by staff. More sessions across all year groups have been introduced during the year, which has been another significant boost to the school’s outstanding extra-curricular provision.
Year 10 pupils were also extremely active on Monday afternoon, with Hockey taking place with coach and former Welsh international Dawn Jones on the school’s Astro pitch facility.
Mrs Jones took those in attendance through some passing drills, working on the technical aspect of control and distribution to ease them back into a sporting environment following the break.
Rydal Penrhos has a rich and proud history of Hockey success over the years, with the school winning multiple national schools’ championships over the last five years and producing plenty of Welsh internationals at youth level.
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