Sports Roundup – Summer Term

21 May 2024

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The Summer sports are well and truly underway with a jam-packed half term of Tennis, Athletics and Cricket.

Following the Easter trip to Portugal for pre-season training, the first half of the tennis term has been exceptionally successful. Students have taken every opportunity to hone their skills, whether that be participating in squads or playing recreationally with friends at lunchtime.

In the National Schoolgirls Doubles competition, our U14 1st pair, Maia and Nika, performed outstandingly, finishing as runners-up after a hard-fought final against Sevenoaks School. Our teams have also been busy in the Middlesex LTA Youth Schools competition, securing impressive wins against St Paul’s, Highgate, and Mill Hill.

The school hosted both singles and doubles “Play Your Way to Wimbledon” events, and we congratulate our winners who will represent the school at the County Finals at the end of June. Looking ahead, we anticipate the Pamela Flower School Tournament next half term, which will feature Invitational Singles and year group doubles events.

Maia and Nika Tennis

Maia and Nika, finish runners-up in the National Schoolgirls Doubles competition

The Athletics Teams have had an outstanding start to the season, securing numerous first-place finishes at the Harrow Championships. Over 15 pupils have been selected to represent Harrow at the Middlesex Championships.

Many pupils had the opportunity to compete for the first time on a full-sized track and athletics facility as we participated in the Herts League. Several personal bests were achieved, sparking a genuine love for athletics among the students.

On the Friday before exam week, pupils competed in the ESSA Track and Field Cup. Selection for the team was based on the number of points pupils could achieve across two separate athletic disciplines. We witnessed some outstanding performances, with pupils achieving amazing personal bests and contributing to a fantastic day. The Inter girls accumulated 100 points more than last year at the same event, and the junior girls improved by 40 points. We now eagerly await the results to see if we have reached the regional rounds of this prestigious competition.


Students compete at the Harrow Championships

Cricket has broken out at NLCS this term. Many students from Years 7-10 have shown a great interest in the sport with 80 students from the Middle School attending trials. Following these trials playing squads of 20-22 were formed, and the remaining trialists became members of a development squad to develop their skills.
So far this term, NLCS cricketers have represented the school in 5 fixtures. Our U14 and U15 squads played two games away to Aldenham School, and our U12 and U15 squads played 3 games away to Haberdashers Girls School. These fixtures presented a brand new challenge for some of our students as it was their first competitive cricket game.
Practices for all playing and development squads are held at lunchtime and after school on a weekly basis, where participation is very high. As we develop the cricket programme, we hope to allow more students to play competitive games for the school as well as progress into the hard ball and longer formats of the game.