Sport through the Pandemic
The restrictions of lockdown have understandably affected our sporting programme this term, but we are not a department (or school) to sit back and wait so have implemented several initiatives to keep our whole school community active and connected. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken up our challenges and humoured our various initiatives. The last three months have made us very proud of you all and highlights what a strong and connected community we have.
This is a small indication of what we have been up to ...
Lancing Active – YouTube Channel
Lancing Active was set up at the end of March, designed to keep all three schools active which, as the weeks have turned into months, has become increasingly important for physical and mental health. Several of the department have uploaded videos ranging from yoga, HIIT training, running challenges, hockey skills, tennis challenges and the popular dance routines. It has been encouraging to hear several of you have visited the channel – 7224 views to date – and found the sessions very useful. You can visit Lancing Active here: www.youtube.com/c/lancingactive
Strava Running/Cycling Club
Lancing College Running Club with 65 active members, has had to move online to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, and thanks to using the Strava running app, we have been able to continue watching people's challenges and runs, perhaps in more detail than before. During these times lots of students have made great efforts in doing their fastest or longest runs.
As quoted by Ms Espiga "I am proud to feel part of a community and be inspired to take up running again. It has really helped me to stay sane!" So thank you to everyone on Strava for keeping Lancing College Running going in this time!
Notable Highlights include:
Over Half Term, Will P ran 26km to raise £319 for Head's House chosen charity, The Martlets Hospice, as part of the 2.6 challenge.
Many students, not just those on Strava, completed the 555 challenge, running 5km, donating £5 to the NHS, and nominating five others to do the same challenge.
Congratulations to anyone who has taken part in any charity events this term.
Six girls from Sankey's ran 26 miles over half term by running 6km a day.
Olesia G completed a 15km run in just under an hour and a half.
Tristan C ran a very impressive 11 mile run in one hour and 40 minutes.
Nikita P for completed the Le Col Fit for 300 challenge
It is going to be difficult to say goodbye to Mr Coakes at the end of this term and would like to thank him wholeheartedly for his hard work and dedication to the Lancing Shooting Club.
He states that his long term (shooting) goal at Lancing was to get someone into the Athelings GB Rifle team – an achievement that he narrowly missed out on in 1995! He was delighted this year to have fulfilled this ambition with Thomas C F being selected to represent GB. Although the tour remains cancelled, he and his colleagues are still being honoured with caps and blazer badges as the touring team that never toured.
Mr Coakes would like to award Thomas with full colours to acknowledge his hugely successful year.
There are two students who are unfortunately leaving us at the end of this term but deserve a special mention for their involvement in sport throughout their time at Lancing.
Alice C was the first female to represent Lancing College’s 1st XI cricket at the young age of 14. On her debut she took three wickets and scored 30 runs against Tiffin School.
We would like to award her with Full Cricket Colours – this is a fantastic achievement and never normally awarded in the 5th form, but we feel that Alice deserves this accolade.
Good luck in your new school and future playing career.
Leo S has captained the Fencing club this year and fenced for Lancing and The Brighton Scorpions since he arrived here in the Third Form. In addition, he has won medals at the Sussex county level too, and in January was ranked the second best Under 16 Foil fencer in the county. We wish him well at his new school and would like to award him Honorary Half Colours.
The list of sporting colours for all sports will be sent to the student body at the end of term with the various Players' Player Awards. Thank you to all of the Upper Sixth leavers who have given Lancing Sport their full commitment and enthusiasm over the years. You leave sport in good shape and have set the tone for future years.
Finally, we would like to award College Caps to the following students for their outstanding commitment and contribution to Lancing Sport:
- Ollie D for football, hockey and cricket.
- Jade B for hockey, netball and cricket.
- Flora D for hockey, netball and tennis.
This is a fantastic sporting achievement and all three of these students thoroughly deserve the Cap – well done!