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Why Davenies for Sport?

I am writing this midway through Week 6 of the Autumn Term. We may be holding onto the last vestiges  of sunshine and the smell of freshly cut grass, but early-dark, damper days and evenings will do nothing to  quash our sporting enthusiasm at Davenies.

So far we have played 58 of our 168 scheduled rugby fixtures and attended two tournaments. This morning  42 early morning runners completed Cooper’s gruelling 12-minute test (before enjoying their hot chocolate  and croissants!) and this afternoon all our Year 4 boys are playing rugby fixtures at Moulsford. Tomorrow,  the senior boys are looking forward to 4 U’13 fixtures with Belmont, albeit with some trepidation (all our  Year 7 and 8 boys are involved); 3 Colts teams (again, the whole year group will play) and 3 U’10 teams  will play against new opposition, Berkhamsted. 60 bleary-eyed swimmers will be pushing to reach their  personal length targets on Thursday and Friday mornings, and in the afternoon on Thursday all our very  excitable Year 3 boys will be out playing their third inter-school TAG match with the equally exciting  prospect of a fantastic home-match tea! Later that afternoon is the first of our five, Division 10 Swimming  Galas this season. The Year 4 and 5 boys will be hoping to retain their respective championship trophies  won last year. The pitches will be in pristine condition for our annual U’9 Rugby Tournament on Saturday  where 16 teams compete in this high standard, competitive event. Whilst the Year 4 boys are playing rugby,  3 senior age groups of runners will be at the Wycombe Phoenix Harriers Inter-Schools Cross-Country event  at Hughenden Park. Finally, preparation for the St. Piran’s Biathlon event on Monday next week steps up a  gear at the weekend, with last minute cycle training and transition speed work!

This is not an unusual week. At Davenies, our sporting philosophy is cemented firmly in the belief that all  the boys here thrive on safe, competitive participation in a variety of different sports and by keeping them  busy and engaging their natural enthusiasm at a level that is appropriate to their own playing ability, we try  to make sport fun and not just for Week 6 of the Autumn Term.

Robin Thomas

Head of Physical Education

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