This school's week of sporting success is incredible

Four teams from Cowbridge Comprehensive got to national finals with three winning

Pupils and staff at Cowbridge Comprehensive are celebrating an outstanding sporting week in which four teams reached national finals – with three winning.

Praising teams the school’s head of PE, Neil Thomas, said sport was as important as academic subjects for pupils’ health and future success but was increasingly under threat at many schools – although not his.

Cowbridge Comprehensive proved that with its year nine boys winning the Welsh Rugby Cup, both the U14s girls and boys basketball teams winning the Welsh Schools National Basketball Championship in their age group and the year 10 boys soccer team coming runners up in the Welsh Football Cup.

Congratulating the teams on their success last week the school’s head teacher Debra Thomas said sport was a valuable part of her school’s curriculum.

“We have had an outstanding week in terms of sporting success,” said Mrs Thomas.

“We really value the importance of Physical Education for all of our pupils. We recognise the benefits that physical activity can have on each individuals physical, social and mental well-being.”

Last week began with the school’s year 9 rugby side beating Ysgol Cymer 19-12 in the Welsh Cup at the Principality Stadium  in Cardiff on Tuesday before the basketball teams went on to be national school champions for their age group at the Welsh schools National Basketball Championship at Swansea University on Saturday.

The following day the year 10 boys travelled toOswestry for final of the Welsh Football Cup where they lost three one to Caernarfon’sYsgol Brynrefail, but took solace from a magnificent 25 yard goal from a free kick from captain Logan Roach.

Head of PE Neil Thomas said sport was as important as academic subjects for success throughout life, teaching children about team work, commitment, winning and losing, but was threatened in the over-crowded curriculum.

We are still somewhere behind in this country. Other countries have more PE on their curriculum,” said Mr Thomas.

“PE is under threat. PE is the one that they talk about cutting. It is really sad because it is as important as academic subjects. You aren’t necessarily going to get qualifications, but life isn’t always about that.

“The life skills that PE gives students are absolutely vital in terms of health and wellbeing.

“It is important to learn about sportsmanship and team work. Although our footballers lost they were outstanding in their sportsmanship and took it well, congratulating the other team.

“I would like there to be more sport in school.We try to promote sport and when we go to our feeder primary schools the range we see is massive. Some do next to nothing and others do a lot.”

Mr Thomas praised Cowbridge staff for giving up spare time to run sports clubs. Among those who help are assistant head teacher Jonathan Ling who runs the under 15s football club and IT teacher James Hulme who runs basketball clubs.