Great Crosby Catholic Primary School
We are proud of our sporting tradition at Great Crosby. Our teams take part in local leagues and competitions with regular success.
During the year we train and have teams for football, swimming, cross-country, netball, athletics, rugby, rounders and cricket.
In lessons, the children also practise dance and gymnastics skills, hockey, basketball and lacrosse. Y3 have weekly swimming sessions at Merchant Taylors’ swimming pool.
The physical education policy at our school is to encourage children to enjoy all aspects of sport, whether it is competitive, creative and individual or team based.
Sport activities help pupils develop skills in physical activity and teamwork, build self- esteem and develop social skills.
As a school, we recognise the need to work towards an inclusive approach that allows as many pupils as possible to experience competitive sport and in some cases this will mean representing the school in competitions and inter-school events.
The full version of our Sport Philosophy can be downloaded below.
Y6 boys played an energetic football match against St Edmund's and St Thomas'. Our boys were true sportsmen and superb ambassadors for our school well. Well done boys - great match, great result.
Well done to our Y6 boys football team who played a well-fought game vs Springwell Park.
Our boys played with an excellent team spirit & a determination to show their true skills. We are very proud of them.
Well done to our Y6 girls football team on a great performance this afternoon with excellent teamwork leading to a victory. Onwards and upwards. Thank you to St Mary's for an enjoyable match.
This is the first presentation of the Jack Riding Trophy. It is to be presented each year to our young sporting star. This does not necessarily mean the best, fastest most skilful sports person but someone who has shown excellent sportsmanship.
Jack was and will always be a member of our Great Crosby family. Yes, he was an amazing footballer but he was much more than that. He was a son, a brother, a nephew, a friend and a classmate. Although he wasn’t top of the class, he always tried really hard in everything he undertook. He followed rules and respected the talents of everyone in his team and that of those in the teams he played against. So it is right and fitting that we should honour his memory with an award to an amazing sports person. Jack is the boy who makes us all smile when someone says his name.
The recipient of the very first Jack Riding Trophy has been a most excellent ambassador for our school. This person has skill, talent and an ability to read the game of football extremely well. He is a leader, a support, an encourager and someone others look up to.
Humble in his talent, he epitomises that there is no I in team. His hard work and effort on the football field have been matched by his determination to do his best with his work in school. Unbeknownst to him, he has sat in Jack’s place all year. He is a good blue and we are sure one day he will run out onto Bramley Moor and the crowd will be singing ‘he’s one of our own - Seb Spelman” We are delighted and proud to award the Jack Riding Trophy to Seb Spelman.
We are very proud of our Y6 footballers who represented our school excellently today, winning the John Rourke Shield. at St Benedict's Catholic Primary School. The boys won their group and then beat St Luke's Halsall 3-0 in the final.
Recently a group of our boys from Years 4, 5 and 6 were able to visit Finch Farm, Everton FC's training facilities. After a tour, they did some training with the coaches, met some of the U23 squad and chatted with a couple of the female players before finally meeting Leighton Baines and Lucas Digne. It was an inspiring experience for all and the boys had a wonderful time developing their football skills and meeting the professionals.
Our Y6 football team played very well in their game against Forefield Juniors, winning 7-1. The referee made a comment at the end to thank our boys for their sportsmanship. We are very proud of them.
Congratulations to all our Y5 and Y6 cross country runners who won the Southport Waterloo Challenge Trophy at Sefton Junior Schools' Cross Country Championships at the North Promenade, Blundellsands. Our Y5 and Y6 boys were placed 2nd in their age groups; Y5 girls were placed 3rd, making us the overall winners. Well done in particular to Felicity in Y5 who came 2nd in her race and Eve who came 2nd in the Y6 race.
Having recently taken part in the Janos Molnar Memorial tournament in Budapest, Louis has been selected to represent England (and Great Crosby) in the Primary Schools' Home Internationals in Belfast in April.
Having finished the season as England's top-ranked Under-10 table tennis player. Louis has maintained his form and is now number 1 in the Under-11 rankings. He competes for Halton TTC and is part of the England Hopes Squad. He is pictured with GB Head Coach, Alan Cooke and England Youth Squad Coach, Evie Collier at his recent England Training Camp in Nottingham.
At Great Crosby, we have two boys who are flying high in trampolining, James in Year 5 and Dylan in Year 3.
Here is James’s news:
I joined trampolining club when I was five years old and I go three times a week. Altogether, I have been in 16 competitions and have come first in nine of them. My most recent competition was to get into a club called North West. You have to come in the top there in a series of competitions, before you reach the North West competition. I got into the North West last year as well, but was knocked out after the first round. You have to go to special training camps, which I will soon be attending.
Great Crosby's Dylan in his first schools' trampolining tournament in the Novice Boys Years 1-6 section. We are very proud of him and happy to sponsor his entry.
Our Y6/5 football team has had an outstanding season and have been a credit to the school. Firstly the won the Bootle and District League. They then won the Griffith Cup, with a superb performance winning 2-0 against English Martyrs, to complete a district double. In January, the team reached the semi-finals of the Liverpool Echo Cup.
Our Y3 football team once again won the Everton in the Community tournaments at Chesterfield High and Finch Farm to qualify for the final at Goodison Park. They didn't win this year.
Louis has made an excellent start to the season. On 1st September he won the Under 13 Boys Event at the Burton Uxbridge Junior 2 Star Open Weekender. On 23rd September he won the Under 11s Blackpool 2 Star Junior Open Tournament without dropping a set or match all morning.
Louis has been selected to join the England Hopes squad and has started training sessions at the University of Nottingham with top England coaches.
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Congratulations to our very own National U10 Boys Table Tennis Champion, Louis. He produced a fantastic performance to win the tournament without losing a game in any of his group or knockout matches. More details on our Sport page. NB We have parental permission to name him.
2018 has been a great year already for Louis in Y5. He is 1st in the England under-10s boys rankings. In May, he won his first national bronze medal in the under-11 boys Inter-Regional finals at RAF Cosford.
Top seed Louis overcame fifth seed Ralph to claim the youngest National Championships title – without dropping a game in the tournament.
In the final Louis won three straight games by 11-3, 11-8, 12-10.
Photo credit: Michael Loveder Photography