After a number of visits to the mountain biking locations in and around Swindon, the group went further afield on Thursday and visited the recently opened Project 417 near Cheltenham. This is a privately-owned bike park with downhill runs, an indoor pump track, jumps (indoor and outdoor) and lots of other opportunities to develop confidence and skills on a bike (as well as having lots and lots of fun!).
We started with a short trip down the end of the Blue run – the children particularly enjoyed the jumps towards the end – before heading into their pump track. After getting used to the movement required to gain and maintain speed, children were soon getting a little bit of air and definitely getting faster. We did the no-pedal challenge (who can get round the pump track without pedalling) and then a time trial (winning time from Ed Wrench of 16.99s).
The boys had lots of fun and I encourage anyone looking for an active and exciting day out to look at this place. A huge thank you to Mr Cooper for driving and to Ian and Colin for joining us on the trip.
After heavy rain over the last few days it was touch and go whether we would go ahead with the tournament. The Estates Team pulled out all the stops to produce outstanding pitches and we were able to welcome Abingdon Prep, Ashfold, Beaudesert, Cheltenham Prep, Dean Close Prep, The Downs Malvern, The Elms, Prior Park, St Andrew’s Pangbourne, St Hugh’s and Wycliffe to the 36th Annual Pinewood Rugby 7s Tournament.
With the new “Waterfall” format in line with RFU guidelines, each team played five pool matches before the cross pool play-offs. The standard of rugby was excellent overall with a glut of talent on show. Spectators grabbed a coffee and a few “bites” while watching the boys play competitive rugby in line with the spirit of the game. As the light faded the final matches got under way – competing for the Steggall Trophy and the Pinewood Plate and Vase. Congratulations to Ashfold on their fine win against Dean Close in the Final. The Downs, Malvern beat local rivals The Elms to lift the Plate, while Cheltenham Prep closed out Abingdon Prep to take home the Vase. Our thanks to all the referees who gave up their valuable time to officiate and thank you to all the Pinewood Catering, Medical and Back-up teams for making the day such a success.
Friends of Pinewood are once again selling Northbrook gift wrap and cards to raise funds for FoP projects within the school and their chosen charities this year.
Children will be bringing home copies of the brochure with an order form; there will also be copies on the Hall table or please click here for a downloadable version. You can also order straight from their website: www.northbrookfundraising.co.uk. The Northbrook products are extremely good quality and FoP receive 22% of the value of every item purchased.
Please make cheques payable to Friends of Pinewood and return the form together with payment to the School Office.