Trinity has enjoyed some fantastic talks given by guest presenters recently, arranged by Mrs Long, Head of Girls’ Games and Community Sport.

Russell Earnshaw joined our U13 and U14 7s Rugby Club and chatted to the boys about the 2016 Olympic final match between Team GB and Fiji. He developed their learning around ‘Principles of Play’, including how to contest possession and be a good support player, thanks to his experience as a Commonwealth Games 7s player, a professional rugby player in both 7-a-side and 15-a-side rugby, and more recently as England U18 coach.

He said: “It was great fun hanging with the kids and coaches. I loved how curious they were and also how much they had picked up … I suggested to a few they could teach a few professional coaches a thing or two!”

Meanwhile, Tonia Couch, triple high-board diving Olympian and European gold and Commonwealth games medallist is delivering Girls Games Afternoon sessions for three weeks, until half term – providing weekly workout sessions via ‘Tonia’s Trinity Takeover’, covering things such as HIIT sessions and glute band workouts.

John Brake will also be joining U13/14 7s club on Monday 8 Feb. Brake represented England as a schoolboy, then making his debut for the England Sevens team in San Diego in 2007. He went on to represent England Sevens for six seasons, playing in 41 World Series Tournaments; two Commonwealth Games, in Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014; one Sevens World Cup in Moscow 2013; and ten European Tournaments. Brake also captained the winning England Sevens team in the 2012 European Sevens Grand Prix.

Mrs Long, Head of Girls’ Games and Community Sports, said: “It has been a pleasure organising guest speakers to come and work alongside our Trinity pupils. The broad-ranging and wide-reaching benefits of having high calibre guests attending our sport and co-curricular activities is so apparent when you listen to the interactions between guests and students. Trinity pupils consistently show such genuine curiosity when it comes to learning more about sport; listening to and observing the knowledge being imparted by the guests; and then in the application of this information to their development and sporting journey. I hope these opportunities will be long-lasting and memorable for all students and staff involved.”

All guest speaker sessions will be recorded and available to re-watch on Firefly.


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