Sport & Perfomance

Congratulations to Jake Rix on his fantastic Judo performance. Jake competed in the Judo British Schools Qualifiers Competition in Littleport on 21st October, 2018.  He successfully won Gold which automatically qualified him through to the National Schools Judo Competition in Sheffield on 17th March 2019 where he will represent Acle Academy. He also won a Gold medal competing at the Eastern Area Championships on 4th November, 2018 in Thetford.

Following on from the coaching sessions Monday, on Wednesday 16 students had an enjoyable afternoon watching the UEA Netball first and second teams playing in their BUCS matches at the Sports Park. 

This was a fantastic experience for the girls which enabled them to see the pace of high quality netball and look at how their positions should be played. 

They also got to meet and speak with the players after the match.

On Thursday, the year 7 football team travelled to Flegg for a league match. Acle started well and the midfield trio of Kaydn, Fraser and Ruby were controlling the game. This allowed Acle's attacking pair of Ben and Charles to get on the ball and cause the Flegg defence problems. On 15 minutes Acle took the lead with a stunning strike from Kaydn as he picked up the ball 20 yards out and unleashed an unstoppable drive which flew into the top corner. Flegg threatened to get an equaliser but two outstanding saves from Thomas kept Acle in the lead. In the second half Acle struck quickly. Charles was upended in the box after a mazy run and captain Joel stepped up to score the penalty. The Acle defence of Joel, Shane and Michael were in full control at this point but an excellent through ball and finish from a flegg player made the score 2-1. Flegg pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages but Acle made the win safe as Ben raced through and produced an emphatic finish to make the final score 3-1. This was an excellent team performance and very pleasing to see the players take on board the areas for improvement after defeat in the last match.

On Tuesday, Acle welcomed Lynn Grove for a league match. The strength and direct football of Lynn Grove caused Acle early problems but well marshalled defending from Michael, Captain Joel and Lucus kept the scores level. 5 minutes before half time, however, an arrow-like shot flew past the impressive Thomas and into the back of the net. A lapse in concentration followed soon after which allowed a striker time to shoot past the keeper. Acle started brightly in the second half with Kaydn and Ben causing problems for the visitors, but a strong defence held strong. Acle created many chances to score but just couldn't find that finish, which we will need to do to progress in the league. Lynn Grove's pace and power told in the second half as they added more goals, but pleasing for all spectators, not one student gave up as they all gave 100% for the school shirt. This effort and desire will stand the team in good stead as they progress through the age groups.

On Tuesday a mixture of year 10 and 11 girls took part in the county qualifying event at Caister and demonstrated just how far netball has come in the past two years at Acle Academy. In the first game against Caister the girls led by a goal with a minute to spare but a quick-fire brace from Caister meant the game finished 6-5. In the second game the girls were beaten by Venture before pushing Lynn Grove to the final whistle in the third game, but again, unfortunately lost by just one goal. The fourth match saw an entertaining game against Flegg whereby the opposition snatched a draw with a late equaliser to make the score 4-4. Acle finished with an emphatic 10-1 victory over Cliff Park in the final match to end a really successful tournament in joint fourth place. When we first entered each age group into the leagues two years ago the gulf in difference was clear, but now our talented girls are going toe to toe and pushing the larger schools all the way to the end, as demonstrated here. With fantastic players now being developed in the lower school the future of netball looks very promising at Acle Academy. Special mentions go to the potent attacking pairing of year 10 students Isabel and Summer in addition to an excellent defensive display from Charlotte L. Charlotte M also played fantastically well out of position in centre and year 10 student Ellie F demonstrated how much her confidence and ability has grown in the past two years with an outstanding display in the wing defence position. Well done to all the girls!

The year 7 and 8 boys and girls have been taking part in some fantastic rugby coaching sessions by the North Walsham RFC coaches. This is providing an excellent opportunity for the students to develop their skills whilst being coached in preparation for a seven-school tournament in October.

On Tuesday the year 8 netball team produced a scintillating display of netball to convincingly defeat Flegg 13-3. In strong winds, the young Acle girls attacked at will and scored first through Molly. Acle were unlucky to finish the first quarter only one goal up. Acle made some changes with player of the match Izzy moving into goal attack and this paid dividends immediately as Izzy's fine shooting skills enabled Acle to finish the second quarter 6-2 ahead. There were some fantastic performances from the girls including Bethany in centre, Eva in goal defence, Evie as goal keeper and Millie making her first appearance in a wing position. This allowed the girls to push on in the third quarter and extend their lead to 10-3. Excellent defensive work and more good shooting allowed Acle to finish the game 13-3. This was a fantastic start to the season, which could be a very positive one if the girls continue to develop their excellent team spirit to complement their undoubted netball talent!

On Thursday, the year 10 netball team travelled to Cliff Park for which was an end to end and exciting game. Acle were without the excellent range of passing from centre Hannah and the pinpoint shooting of Isabel. Despite this, the girls produced a fantastic performance to score highly and win the match 22-13. Year 9 goal shooter Helena stepped up and produced some excellent shooting, whilst the awesome goal attack (and player of the match) Summer worked so well to create and score relentlessly for the team. The defensive pairing of Eva and Daisy were outstanding in defence against two very good attacking players, whilst Ellie F, Ella and Emma were all fantastic in the wing positions. A special mention must go to Ellie R who filled in as centre and produced a tireless performance and demonstrated her adaptability with some excellent passing.

On Tuesday the year 7 and 8 netball teams travelled to Cliff Park for a league fixture and demonstrated a fantastic fluent passing display to convincingly win both matches. The year 7s were up first and immediately conceded a goal. However, this did not set back the young Acle girls as they immediately showed great bouncebackability to level the scoring through Abigail. This spurred the girls on and  captain Maisy in the wing position found her superb range of passing to set up player of the match Jessica on many occasions to effortlessly score time after time. The performance of the team was built upon a solid foundation of Grace and Adelaide in defence and Jasmine’s speed and ability to intercept passes continuously. The girls pushed on and won the game 10-6 which was a fantastic first win for the girls! A special mention must also go to Phoebe who grew with confidence throughout the match, which was very pleasing to see.


Up second was the year 8 team who started the game on the front foot as they left off against Flegg in the last match. The relentless pairing of captain Bethany and Izzy continuously penetrated the Cliff Park defence to set up opportunity after opportunity. Molly got the first goal then Izzy went on to show here fantastic shooting ability by scoring many more. Ysabel and joint player of the match Kiera played exceptionally well in the wing positions whilst joint player of the match Eva showed her outstanding athletic ability to restrict a GA, who dominated her height-wise, to very few touches of the ball through amazing intercepting ability. Evie also defended exceptionally well in the GK position when called upon. The girls went on to win this game 10-3 which makes it two wins out of two in the league this season.  


This was a fantastic performance by both teams with only 7 players each due to player unavailability, which will push them a little further up the league, well done girls!

On Monday the Acle netball players were inspired by a series of coaching workshops delivered by Izzy (UEA Netball Captain) and Florence (UEA Netball President). The ladies delivered fantastic sessions which the students thoroughly enjoyed and gained many key skills which will help them with their team and individual performances. On Wednesday a selection of students will be going to UEA Sports Park to see the ladies in action during their BUCS League fixture which will further help them to see the movements and tactics used in a live setting.

Yesterday, Miss Anastasiou took 11 year 8 and 9 girls to an Under 14 Netball Tournament at Flegg High. The girls had three games and the first game was against Flegg. The girls were so excited to get playing together, they all had the fighting spirit throughout the game. Our Goal shooter Helena and Goal Attack Izzy were amazing with keeping the ball on our side. At the end of the first game, we drew against Flegg. On to our second game against Venture and the opposing team were very good, but this did not stop Acle intercepting and keeping possession of the ball. A big shout to Beth Thomas for her amazing play during that game. Unfortunately we did lose to venture, but the girls were not shaken. On to the last game, the girls were against Cliff Park. Even if the girls were tired, they were able to keep possession and score 3 points during the game. Keeping those points, we managed to win the last game. Overall the girls came 3rd in the tournament and are reserved for the county cup. Very well done girls!

On Thursday the year 8 football team travelled to Caister for a league match. The game started well for the boys as they created many changes to score, but some excellent goalkeeping kept the scores even. On the stroke of half time Acle took the lead when a good shot by Connor was handled in the area. Captain Jack stepped up and smashed his penalty past the keeper. The second half was a different affair with the team kicking up the notorious slope and into both a low sun and strong wind. This meant the boys were camped in their own half for long periods. The pressure from the home side told when a fierce shot flew past Jacob in the Acle goal. The score would have been larger if it was not for some excellent saves from the peer-voted man of the match Jacob. Unfortunately through the home side went on to score a further three goals to make the final score 4-1.

On Friday 5th October, Miss Anastasiou took 12 year 7 and 8 girls to North Walsham Rugby Club for a development morning with a tournament against other schools in the afternoon. During the morning, the girls were able to practice their skills through mini workshop sessions. These workshops included, how to move with the ball and practicing correct technique of how to tackle safely during a contact game of Rugby. Each session was run by a highly skilled North Walsham Rugby Coach. During the afternoon, the girls were able to show the skills they learnt, in 3 rugby games against other schools. The girls did amazing during each game. Unfortunately they lost the first game, but were able to pick themselves up to draw on the second game and win the last game. All of girls' confidence levels grew as the day went on and the enjoyment in their faces were seen during every game. At the end of the day, there was a presentation, where our very own Jasmine Furby managed to win the Top Player award voted by the coaches at the club. Well done to all of the girls!

On 2nd October, the year 7 girls had their first netball match of the season. With the strong winds, the weather was not on our side. However, with Abigail Pickering scoring our first and second point, the girls kept Flegg on their toes. Our goal keeper, Mia Robinson, tried her hardest to stop Flegg from scoring, however with one extra point, the girls finished the first quarter with 2:1 to Acle. Throughout the rest of the game, the girls were cheering from side-line, and the players on the pitch trying their hardest to keep possession of the ball. Ruby Smith, quick on her feet, was able to pass the ball back to the girls, whom tried to pass it back to the goal shooter, Chloe Forder. After the last quarter, the score resulted on 2:2. Having being the first game of the season, I am very proud of these girls and what they achieved during the match.

Picture featuring Harry J, Owen S, Shaun C and Tomas F - getting ready for their year 9 performance in Music.

On Thursday, the year 8 football team travelled to Flegg where they were convincingly beaten 9-0 last year. However, on this occasion the team produced a fantastic team performance to come back from behind twice to draw 2-2. The game started slowly with neither side able to create a clear cut chance until on 15 minutes a fierce shot from outside the box couldn’t be held by year 7 keeper Thomas and Flegg took the lead. Thomas then demonstrated his outstanding ability as he produced an amazing double save when he blocked an initial shot and somehow managed to smother the second shot when the striker was destined to score. Moments later he somehow plucked a shot out of the top corner to keep the score at 1-0. This spurred Acle on and from a superb through ball by Aaron, Billy raced clear and beat two men before slotting home expertly. The second half started the same as the first with little created by both sides until a Flegg midfielder unleashed an unstoppable drive which flew past Thomas. This did not phase Acle, however, as they hit back within minutes. Again, the pace of Billy beat the offside trap and his shot was parried into the path of Nathaniel who gleefully accepted the gift as he drilled the ball home. Flegg rallied in the latter stages but the outstanding back four, consisting of Jake, Callum George and led by talismanic skipper Jack, held strong. Connor and Lauren were tireless in midfield and the wingers Kian, Eddie and Josh were impressive. This was a great team performance which shows how far the team has come from last year, and gives a platform to build upon. Well done boys!

On the 2nd November, Miss Anastasiou took 13 Students to North Walsham Rugby club for a development day. The development day consisted of a morning with four workshops with the rugby coaches and in the afternoon there was a mini tournament against other schools. Throughout the whole day, the boys were amazing at their commitment and enthusiasm. In the morning, the boys were excited to show the skills, they have learnt, to the coaches at North Walsham club. In the afternoon, the boys were fully ready for the competition. During the tournament, there were 3 games. The boys unfortunately lost their first game, however were able to bring back the fighting spirit and win the second and draw the last game. During the day the coaches were looking at each school and deciding who was the best developed player of the day. For Acle, Charlie P managed to get this title and win the trophy. Well done Charlie and also well done to all of the boys for an amazing day of rugby.


For year 10 Sports Studies, the students were developing their team work skills through a range of sports. One of the sports was orienteering, where the students have to find different caches around the school grounds, with a map. This proved difficult at first, however with the use of each other, the students were able to accurately find each of them and winning a prize at the end. Another sport was basketball. The students were split into 4 teams and within these 4 teams, the students had to work together and develop cooperative skills to win the tournament. Questions such as ‘How can you develop as a team? And What is working very well in your team?’ were asked throughout the game to ensure the team spirit was kindling throughout. All of the information received from this lesson, will be used accordance to their coursework for the subject.

On Friday 7th December we took 21 year 7 boys and girls and year 8 girls to North Walsham rugby club to play a series of games in a mini round robin tournament against other schools. All of the students played amazing. The boys had a very difficult pool but with the help of Cullen and Charlie we managed to score tries to keep us in the running. Unfortunately it wasn't quite enough to win their pool, but they came second and had to play against Flegg. Unfortunately we lost by one try during the game, but they managed to keep their spirits high. Well done boys! With the girls tournament, the girls did not lose a game. Throughout all 4 games they played the girls either won or drew against the teams. A special mention to Eva and Beth for their coaching with the girls and encouragement to keep going. At the end of the tournament there was a awards presentation for the players and teams. Acle girls won the most improved girls team in the whole tournament. Cullen won the best boys player and Eva won the best girls player! Well done to everyone involved in the afternoon!

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