“Across all our sports we were undefeated!”

This statement, although true, doesn’t reflect the fact that for the first time in Cranleigh’s proud sporting history, we have been unable to play inter-school matches.

It’s been a term like no other for Cranleigh Sport. With the COVID-19 restrictions our usual programme has been adapted with the introduction of new options for the pupils, as well as traditional Summer term sport being played in September and early October.

Although the Saturday block fixtures and inter-school cup tournaments have stopped, the sports staff have continued to put together a sporting programme that has allowed the pupils to have four sessions a week. It was the first time that we saw cricket, tennis, hockey and rugby being played at the same time of year, with the ground staff working incredibly hard to get facilities ready so that all the sports could all happen simultaneously.

During September we managed to have our riding team competing with the team winning both individual and team events. At the end of a shorter eventing season for all riders, Darcy Z completed her first International 3* event in October to end the season in great style. The Vitek sisters continue to make their mark on the show jumping circuit with wins in Europe over the last few months against adult riders. Both of them were selected to represent Czechoslovakia over the summer.

We had House matches across Fives, hockey, rugby sevens, rugby 10s as well as internal golf, badminton and climbing competitions. The swimming team competed in a new Aquathon with our Strength & Conditioning department working hard to provide sessions throughout the term. The school introduced a Yoga and HiiT option for both boys and girls with our traditional junior cross country also being able to take place.

A high-performance programme was also introduced for the Upper Fifth and Sixth Form, which included a series of workshops and seminars on sports psychology and nutrition. This initiative will continue into the Lent term.

Below are the lists of the House sport competitions winners.

I wish you all a safe and merry Christmas.

Rugby

Jnr House Rugby Sevens: East House

Touch Rugby: East House

FARFU cup Competition: East House

Hockey

Upper Sixth Form winner: Rhodes

Lower Sixth Form winner: Rhodes

Upper Fifth Form Winner: Rhodes

Overall Senior Winner: Rhodes

Lower Fifth Form Winner: South

Fourth Form Winner: South

Overall Junior Winner: South

Cross country

Fourth Form Boys’ Winner: Loveday

Fourth Form Girls’ Winner: West

Swimming

Aquathon: Jamie T (Fourth Form)

Fives

Senior Boys’ Competition (Upper and Lower Sixth): Loveday