Rugby 7s Talent Development Pathway

On Tuesday 21st June we were very excited to have the opportunity for Hollie Bawden,Megan Smith and Lydia Hodgson to trial for the RFU’s Rugby 7s Talent Development Pathway. The aim of the pathway is to identify females who have the potential to become International 7s players that compete at the Olympic Games.

As part of the trial process, the RFU are looking for players who have the athletic ability to compete at a high standard. Hollie, Megan and Lydia did not disappoint. The girls took part in a series of activities that looked at speed, hand-eye co-ordination and levels of endurance, competing against 25 pupils from 3 schools across the Greater Manchester area.

The girls took it in their stride and performed really well, impressing both the coaching and delivery staff from the RFU. This was a fantastic accolade for Megan and Lydia, who only started playing rugby earlier this year. Hollie however, was a little more experienced, having played for Lancashire and the North of England RFU teams during the past 3 years. In fact as Hollie leaves us at Walkden, we are hoping her rugby career continues after securing herself a 2 year placement on the RFU’s Sporting Excellence programme at Loughborough College.

On the back of their achievements, Megan and Lydia were very fortunate to be asked to take part in the final games for the U20’s World Cup series which tool place on Saturday at the AJ Bell stadium. The girls took it in their stride as Lydia was nominated Match Ball carrier for the penultimate game in which Australia took on New Zealand. Meanwhile Megan had the proud moment of carrying the Match Ball for the final game of the series, which saw England take on Ireland to win and become series champions.


Y9 Athletes Attend England Talent Pathways Workshop

On the morning of Friday 24th June, a group of Year 9 Athletic pupils were invited to attend an exclusive England Talent Pathways Workshop.

Pupils took part in 100m track training and long jump training before they had the opportunity of a Q&A session with Olympic 100m winner Linford Christie and Olympic 400m athlete Iwan Thomas at Wright Robinson College.

The pupils were given some expert tuition on the best way to leave the starting blocks by Linford Christie, whilst Iwan was on hand to offer help and guidance as they continued their athletic careers.

A great time was had by all pupils, before taking up the opportunity to grab a photo and autographs from the legends themselves.


Year 8 Rounders

Walkden High vs Buile Hill High 

Following their defeat last week the Y8 rounders team were prepped and ready to tighten up their fielding and pressure their opposition with their running whilst batting.

The first innings saw the Walkden girls bat first. After a few miss hits the girls were making more contact with the ball towards 3rd and 4th base, making it safely to second base to clock up the half rounders.
Buile Hill had a blinding first innings, making big hits which travelled too far for our girls to field back to 4th base to stop their batters scoring full rounders. The first innings ended 4 and a half to 9 in the favour of Buile Hill.

After a team chat with Miss Clitherow and a bit of movement in the field, the girls produced a much better second innings. The girls pressured the fielding of Buile Hill by taking risks and pushing for bases causing Buile Hill to miss field the ball on a number of occasions, and the girls scored 5 and a half rounders in their second innings. They also tightened up their fielding, making less unforced errors. Olivia Merriman took control of the team and made some excellent calls of where the ball should be fielded to.

The match ended Buile Hill 15, Walkden 10. Although the girls did lose they have made even more progress in such a short space of time. Onwards and upwards Ladies!!!

Team: Holly Jefferey, Elle Brown, Jess Ayre, Hannah Mather, Jenny Olinici, Olivia Merriman, Rachel Cunliffe, Leah Buchanan, Hannah Ryder

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