Sports Week

Monday 21st May 2018

The first day of Sports Week saw the sun arrive, accompanied by a host of exciting sporting opportunities, including hockey, cricket and even a trip to the tennis club. Have a look below for more information:

Alsager Lawn Tennis Club - Phil Ingram and Christian Hancock

Coaches Phil Ingram and Christian Hancock opened up the doors of Alsager Tennis Club for Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 to hone their tennis skills on professional courts. During the session, the children practised basic hand-eye-coordination skills, before practising their forehand hitting skills with a partner. Before long, the children then progressed into full court games against each other, applying their skills to game situations.

Both coaches commented on the skill shown by our children, with their grit and determination shining through to improve throughout the session.

If anyone is interested in joining Alsager Tennis Club, there are junior coaching sessions on Saturday mornings throughout the summer, as well as other opportunities throughout the year. Contact details for Phil Ingram are 01782 514184.

Cheshire Cricket - Ben Tomlinson

Following two terms of popular cricket coaching sessions in school, Ben Tomlinson returned for a second Sports Week at Excalibur. During the session, the children built on the skills they had learnt previously, before getting into games of “5 Bats”, a version of cricket where bats are lost each time a player on the batting side is “out”. As in previous years, the standard of cricket continues to be high with many children showing great improvement through the sessions.

Cricket season is in full swing, with opportunities available at Alsager Cricket Club, Rode Park Cricket Club and others. For more information, please visit the “Local Clubs” section of the school website.


Triton Hockey Club - Chris Calam


For the first of two days, Chris Calam (a Triton Hockey Club and county hockey coach) visited Excalibur to run hockey sessions with all of our children. Today, he worked with reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4. During the sessions with the younger children, he focussed more on ball control skills, allowing them to practise their hockey skills, some of which they hadn't done before.


With the older year groups, Chris encouraged the children to solve their own problems, thinking strategically about how to overcome their opposition and work better as a team.


Triton Hockey Club train during the hockey season at Alsager Leisure Centre on Saturday mornings. There are opportunities for practise as well as matches against other teams. Chris Calam can be contacted on 01270 879554.


In addition...

As well as our external coaches, Year 6 had some friendly basketball matches, Year 3 practised their skills on the Speed Stacks challenge, Year 4 did some tag rugby and had a go on the trim trail and reception practised their running on the athletics track.


Tuesday 22nd May 2018

"Sport is very very exciting and will do great things for you."

Kristian Thomas at Excalibur Primary School


The second day of Sports Week continued the sporting variety of the first, with soft archery and climbing joining hockey and the visit of an Olympic gymnast in the form of Kristian Thomas.


Sports for Schools Circuit

Supported by Kristian Thomas and led by Pio, our very own "Sportivator", the entire school participated in a fitness circuit in the hall. With music blasting out of the speakers, the children had to work for one minute on four different activities: star jumps, leg switches, push ups and mountain climbers.


It was fantastic to see everybody trying their best and, most importantly, cheering on the rest of their class and other members of the school.


As you will all be aware, we are completing the circuit in order to raise sponsorship money both for Sports for Schools (40%) and for sports equipment for Excalibur (60%). Please make sure you are still busy collecting more sponsorship now the event is done and bring all collected money to school on Wednesday 6th June 2018.


Kristian Thomas Assembly


Following the fantastic fitness circuit, the whole school was treated to an assembly by Kristian Thomas, London 2012 Olympic medalist and Rio 2016 competitor. Excitement was building when the children walked in to find a line of mats across the middle of the hall.


During the assembly, Kristian Thomas talked about how he got started with gymnastics when he was five years old. He then explained, with accompanying demonstrations, the first moves he learnt as a gymnast, including a forward and backward roll and a cartwheel.


Then it got truly exciting! Kristian asked for three volunteers to come up to the mats. He then proceeded to do a jumping forward roll over the group! After adding another child, Kristian then asked for a teacher to join them. Mrs. T was the obvious choice, stepping up fearlessly to be at the end of the line. To raucous applause, Kristian jumped clear of all five of them, landing a perfect forward roll.


For the last few minutes, the children asked some incredibly pertinent questions, including: "Who inspired you?", "What do you do when you're not coaching?" and "What is your favourite gymnastics move?"


It was an incredible assembly by an incredible athlete - many thanks to both Kristian Thomas and Pio for making our morning such a success!


Peak Pursuits Climbing Wall


A mainstay of our Sports Week is the mobile climbing wall from Peak Pursuits. This year, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 6 got the opportunity to try their hand at ascending the wall - Mr. Pickin even had a go!


It was particularly inspiring to see so many children get higher on their second go than on their first, showing that a bit of grit and determination can go a long way to improving!


Peak Pursuits organise a variety of outdoor and adventurous activities in the local area. Audley Climbing Centre is open year round for children and adults, with children's sessions and membership available. During school holidays, there are also a host of activities and events. Follow the link below for more information:

Things To Do In Audley | Outdoor Activities | Peak Pursuits

Discover things to do in Audley with Peak Pursuits! Audley Climbing Centre offers thrilling routes and challenges for all ages and abilities! Call us today.

Triton Hockey Club - Chris Calam


For the second day Chris ran activities with Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6, working quickly through basic hockey skills before progressing to small-sided games. It was fantastic to see our KS2 children working together to work out how to pass more effectively and win games.


Many thanks to Chris for volunteering his time to Excalibur. For information on how to join Triton Hockey Club, Chris can be contacted on 01270 879554.


Arrows Archery with 1st Alsager Scout Group - Don Longhurst


For the second year we were joined by representatives from 1st Alsager Scout Group for sessions of Arrows Archery with reception, Year 1 and Year 2.


Despite the sport being quite tricky, particularly for the younger ones, it was great to see the effort shown, with many children hitting the targets with precision and skill.


1st Alsager Scout Group is a thriving scout group located on Cedar Avenue in Alsager. For more information on how to join, please follow the link below:

1st Alsager Scout Group - Home

Welcome to 1st Alsager Scout Group. The aim of Scouting is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international community.

In addition...

As well as our fantastic external providers, Year 6 played diamond cricket with Mrs. T, Year 4 tried a new sport in the form of Handball with Mr. Hancock and Year 3 & 4 competed in a intra-school rounders competition. Well done to you all!


Wednesday 23rd May 2018

The third day of Sports Week at Excalibur saw a new variety of activities come to school, including football , archery, scooter skills and golf.


AFC Alsager Football - Henry Cross

Led by Henry, a coach from AFC Alsager, reception, Year 1 and Year 2 were treated to a session of football skills. During the session, they practised their dribbling, passing and shooting skills, before getting into some small-sided lead-up games. Henry was impressed with the skills shown by our children.


AFC Alsager is a thriving football club with a number of teams for a range of age groups. If you are interested in more information, please contact Mike Cross on 07815 053161.




For the first time during Sports Week, we were joined by James Rodger from Scootfit, who laid out an exciting scooter course (including ramps) for all of our children. After putting on safety gear, the children then scootered around the playground with music blasting from the speakers.


Tri Golf - Alex Johnson


Alex Johnson joined us to run tri golf sessions with KS2. During the session, they practised their putting and chipping skills, aiming to drop the golf balls as close to the targets as possible.


The children showed some impressive golf skills in all the sessions - well done!


Archery with 1st Alsager Scout Group


Representatives from 1st Alsager Scout Group joined us for a second day. This time, they ran full archery sessions with Years 5 and 6.


After a safety briefing, the children stepped up in small groups to stand either side of the shooting line. They then positioned their arrows and took aim at the targets.


There were some fantastic shooting seen throughout both year groups, with many children improving between their first and second attempts.


1st Alsager Scout Group runs archery sessions for its members on Sundays throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the scout group, please follow the link below:

1st Alsager Scout Group - Home

Welcome to 1st Alsager Scout Group. The aim of Scouting is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international community.

In addition:


As well as these fantastic external providers, Mr. Hancock did some rugby skills with reception, Year 6 took part in the Speed Stacks challenge, Year 3 had a go on the trim trail and KS1 did team games on the field.

Thursday 24th May 2018

The fourth day of Sports Week saw a return of some old favourites, including dance and AFC's football tournaments, as well as some intra-school competitions, more skills for reception and yoga.


Reception to Year 5 were were joined by Faye and company for a dance extravaganza in the hall. During the session, they did some dance-themed warm-ups before embarking on a dance routine with the whole class. It was a pleasure to see the children step up to work on their dance moves, showing determination and focus to get it right. Well done!

There are many different dance troupes in Alsager and the surrounding area - if you are interested in joining, please check on the "Local Clubs" page of the school website or speak to your class teacher.


AFC Alsager - Henry and Sam

AFC Football coaches Henry and Sam visited Excalibur to run football tournaments with Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. After being separated into teams, the children played matches against each other, with a winner being crowned at the end.

It was brilliant to see everybody putting in the effort to try their best, working together for their team and showing sportsmanship throughout.

If you are interested in joining a local football club, AFC have lots of opportunities for all children and age ranges. Please contact Mike Cross on 07815 053161 for more information.

In addition...

Mr. Hancock worked with reception on their basketball skills, Miss Hilditch did some yoga with KS1, Years 3 & 4 practised for Town Sports, and Year 5 & 6 participated in an intra-school hockey competition, applying their skills from the session with Chris on Tuesday.

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