Students at Sharples are being encouraged to start off the year in a physically active and  healthy way; ensuring that they utilise the extra-curricular opportunities available at the school. The PE department will be adding some new activities this term alongside usual practices and fixtures in the Borough.

Rivington Amateur Boxing Club started their 6 week boxing session on a Monday after school this week. The group were put through their paces in a tough but enjoyable session for all. If anyone is interested in being added to the boxing group, then please see a member of the PE department.

Well done to all the pupils that attend swimming club with our swim teacher Mrs Garth on a Monday and Wednesday after school. The session is full every week and it’s fantastic to see pupils improving their technique and confidence.

Basketball practise will continue to run on a Wednesday, after school, for boys and girls. The team are in need of some new players ready for the first fixture of the season on 29th January at Essa Academy.

The running club is going from strength to strength and Mr Hesford and Miss Heaton are planning to enter a number of different races over varying distances for staff and students to participate in. Both members of staff are experienced runners and are available to offer advice to students to help with their training.

The football teams will continue to train throughout the Winter and fixtures will be arranged. Students really enjoyed the Bolton futsal tournaments last term arranged by Sharples and this term BWFC have been contacted to come in and deliver futsal sessions after school, a start date will be shared when confirmation has been received.

There has been an update on Cup fixtures for the boys this week with the following fixtures to be arranged:

Year 7 v Kearsley (QF- Bolton Cup)
Year 8 v MSJ (QF- Plate Bolton Cup)
Year 9 v Turton (QF- Bolton Cup)
Year 10 v Thornleigh (QF- Bolton Cup)

Year 7 were back in action this week in the Bolton Schools Cup when they travelled to Kearsley Academy. After a thrilling game, which resulted in a 2-2 finish with goals from Oliver Aspden and a half way line strike from Harvey Hampson, the game went to penalties. After 5 penalties the scores were tied at 3-3 which meant sudden death! Thanks to a fantastic save from Oscar Martin, Sharples had the chance to win the game with a great spot kick from Josh Marsh who was able to hold his nerve. A fantastic result, which sees Year 7 progress into the next round.

The girls football season begins on the 23rd January when KS3 will travel to St Catherine’s Academy to play 3 fixtures in the League. Training has resumed and continues to be on a Thursday after school. Hopefully, we will see some new faces at training this term.

Next Monday, a group of girls begin a 6 week training programme using the Prama Dance studio at David Lloyd. It’s a high-tech interactive area that uses lighting and sound to create a unique workout and is sure to be a fantastic experience for students.

The fitness club has seen an influx of new faces. A number of students are using the facilities on a regular basis as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and KS3 have been focusing on training methods and principles during their lessons and look to apply their knowledge to improve their health and fitness outside of school hours. Well done to all those attending and once again, it would be great to see some new faces. Students can also look forward to a complete revamp of the fitness suite, with all new equipment being installed during February.