Ullswater Community College’s under 15 boys rugby team enjoyed a fantastic winning streak in the NatWest Vase Schools National Cup, which has taken them to the quarter finals. Previous wins have included Hutton Grammar School, Standish Community High School and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. During this cup run they even travelled across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man, to take on Castle Rushen School who they beat 24-12.They managed to win the North A region with a victory over Harbadashian Adams Grammar school 38-5. Unfortunately this cup run came to an end after they were beaten 22-13 but Arden Academy, Solihull. In a fantastic game of rugby played at an incredibly high level.
Each and every player have been superb ambassadors for their school, Penrith and Cumbria. They should be extremely proud of their achievements. All our younger students that play rugby came out to cheer them on and were inspired by their performance. They have been on an incredible journey throughout the competition and are not only fantastic rugby players but outstanding young men.
Mr G Key
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UCC’s gymnasts had another successful outing to the County Gymnastics Championships at Carlisle Gymnastics Club. Twenty four gymnasts took part in the two available categories of Under 14 and Under 19 age groups. All gymnasts had worked really hard to create their own routines which they performed alongside two vaults. They all rose to the occasion with polished performances all round. The U14 A team were successful in achieving team Gold with a particularly impressive performance from Amelia which won her the individual Gold medal. The Under 19 team achieved team Silver narrowly missing the top spot from Trinity by 0.3 points. Molly managed to control her nerves as reigning champion to once again perform a skilful, dramatic routine and be awarded individual Gold. The girls fully deserved this success as their skill and dedication paid off. To achieve 3 out of the available 4 Golds is a testament to this. A special mention should also go to our year 13 gymnast Katrina who was sad to compete for the school for the last time after 7 successive years of representing UCC.
Earlier this month, 56 Year 7s travelled to Shropshire to enjoy the PE department’s annual football and netball trip. The students enjoyed a great weekend of adventurous activities such as raft building, high ropes and quad biking to name a few. As well as this the girls entered a netball tournament facing 10 other schools from around the UK with one team finishing 5th (narrowly missing out on the semi-finals) and one team finishing 8th. The boys enjoyed a coaching and skill development clinic where they worked with four FA coaches finishing the weekend with a tournament. The students were exceptional in their behaviour and attitude, they performed brilliantly in their chosen sport and really did UCC proud. Well done to everyone involved.
Ullswater Community College U14 netball team travelled to Formby High School on Saturday to take part in the North West Regional qualifying round. Having previous won the Eden district tournament where the team were unbeaten against, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and QEGS they progressed to the county round. They were in a difficult side of the draw having to play tournament favorites Sedbergh. The girls got off to a good start playing and beating Dowdales School 10-3. They then went on to play West Lakes Academy and Austin Friars beating both schools before leaving a tough battle with Sedbergh. The girls played some fantastic netball with Kenza and Caitlin rotating well in the shooting circle. The girls won the game 5-3. This set up a semi-final against Keswick. The nerves took a while to settle with Neve and Lucy combining well to give UCC the win. This set up a final against Sedbergh who had also won their semi-final. With a strong crowd the girls went goal for goal until the final minutes where the Sedbergh experience of big games came through with UCC eventually losing 7-5. However with the top two teams in the county qualifying this meant Ullswater would be representing Cumbria for the first time in recent years.
The girls gained valuable experience playing some of the top schools in the country with many girls playing at super league junior teams. They developed as the day went on and will take confidence in their performances. Top performances on the day were Mollie and Jess. The girls will use this as a platform to push on to the next level and keep developing as they are currently training for their trip to Holland where UCC are taking two netball teams and a rugby team to test their skills against different opposition.
Ullswater Community College teamed up with Kirkby Stephen Grammar school on a visit to Liverpool echo arena to experience 'A day in the life of an international netball player.' The day consisted of different workshops all with the view to give a behind the scenes experience of a match day and what a professional netball player's life is now like. The girls got to be involved in a session on the netball court with England netball coaches, followed by a behind the scenes tour of the dressing rooms. They acted out interview scenes and discussed the role of media and how it can promote netball. The final morning session was learning more about the umpiring role with England's own professional umpire Gary Burgess. The day concluded with the highlight of England Roses taking on Uganda. The girls could see first-hand what the highest level of the game looks like and left feeling inspired.
On Monday the 10th July 10 students travelled down to London to go and watch LTA Wimbledon Championships. After a 6 am train we arrived at Wimbledon at 10:30. The students got to watch Venus Williams and Andy Murray on centre court. As well as world number 1 Angelique Kerber on centre court. The students had a fantastic day enjoying the atmosphere and watching some incredible tennis. They even bumped into David Walliams who was happy to get selfies with them.
It's been a little over a month since our Prize Day 2017 - what a day it was! We've produced a variety of films from across the day which saw so many wonderful performances and moments. Once again, thank you to all who sponsored, attended and took part in the day. A big thank you also goes to our fantastic 2017 VIP guest Joey Essex.
If you missed the Spring Edition of Success before the Easter holidays, you can now view it online here. This edition is full of the latest news and success stories from UCC including coverage of the fantastic production of Joseph, the recent french exchange visit, our Branch Out with Books competition, the English Department's Harry Potter Night and much more.
The latest of our UCC success magazine has hit the stands this week with a bumper edition from a busy term. From Prize Day, including a visit by Strictly star Georgia May Foote, through to the Panto, Dick Whittington, and winter play, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, this term's magazine is full of stories and updates from across the school. Copies can be picked up from the school, Booths or the magazine is available to view online here.