Westfield Sports College is lucky enough to own Greta Cottage, a 22 bed bunkhouse in the Lake District. This is a great resource for the Outdoor Pursuits department with access to fantastic activities such as climbing, ghyll scrambling, raft building, walking, kayaking and canoeing in the Lake District National Park.
Whilst in residence, students help college staff with the catering, washing up and cleaning of the Cottage.
In the past we have run very successful Climbing Club trips and Gifted and Talented Residentials here and we are looking forward to running many more residential trips here in the future.
Update from Nick Akers, Y11on the Eckington Trail Collective DH Round 2 – 10th sept. Nick has set up downhill
mountain bike comps in the local area that are growing in success:
The day started off setting up the trail, Marking out the
track, and taping up. At around 9am riders started to arrive, People from as
far as Hull came just to watch. As soon as it came to around 9:30 the weather
took a turn for the worst and put riders off from riding. We started the
practice runs around 10am, The ETC race team met up and we started our practice
runs. The weather was starting to make the track rut up. During practice I laid
down two solid runs and I was happy with my line choice through the rock
gardens and corners. My third practice didn’t go as well as I hit the deck on a
loose corner that had softened up due to the weather. By 12pm the race runs
started and I could feel the adrenaline rush as I found out I was up against
Joe Mallinson, A world cup 4x rider one of the best of his age. He was looking
quick through the practice sessions so I was more determined than ever to at
least attempt to come close to
Mallinsons time. I set off on my first run, more pinned than ever, I
smashed the leader’s time and came out with a 1:18:89! I was in shock that I
was in first place! Then it was Mallinsons turn… He arrived at the finish
line with a time of 1:18:00 dead. Which out me into second place, Split seconds
off a world cup 4 x riders gave me the biggest smile I’ve ever had. A few hours
later it came to the second runs, I’d just being helping out again taping up
from where people had crashed, I felt really tired by this point but I still
gave the second run a go. It had stopped raining giving the track a chance to
dry out. I managed it put down a time of 1:17:23 Whilst Mallinson and laid down
a time around 1:13:59. Two other lads who I’d previously beaten managed to put
down times around 1:15 which put me into 4th out of 16 riders. I was really
happy with my position and credit goes out to Luke Bell and Joe Camus for
rocking up and managing 2nd and 3rd. On the 13th November we are running round
3, this will be the last round to end the season as we’re planning to make it
big and finish the season off with a bonfire and BBQ. We will be running a 2012
series and next season it’s going to be big with sponsorships the lot! I hope I
get the chance to write up another few words about it.
There is often some misunderstanding about the College uniform with regard to trousers and shirts:
- Trousers for College must be plain black, full length tailored trousers, if the trousers have rivets then they will be classed as jeans. Jeans and leggings are not part of the College uniform.
- Shirts must be white with buttons to the collar.
- Cardigans are also not part of the College uniform. If cardigans are worn in College they will be confiscated and returned at 3pm.
- Black College blazer with embroidered logo
- College tie*
- White shirt – with buttons to the neck – for boys & girls
- Jumpers for all years are plain grey and not black. No cardigans allowed
- Plain black, full length tailored College trousers or black knee length skirt. No leggings or jeans.
- Shoes must be black – no trainers or logos allowed
- Any boots worn must fit under the trousers, to look like shoes
- One small stud per ear lobe, no other ear jewellery allowed
- Facial and muscular piercings, metal “fittings” or jewellery are not allowed in College – a plastic insert for muscular piercings is allowed.
- If your child intends to have piercings, they must be healed and covered so that they are not seen
- One watch and one ring may be worn. No bracelets or necklaces
- No mobile phones or ipods in College
- Sky coloured polo shirt
- Reversible long-sleeved multi-use sports shirt
- Navy blue shorts (mid thigh length, cycling shorts are permitted)
- White ankle socks
- Swimming trunks (boys), one piece swimming costume (girls)
In addition students may find the following items desirable…
- Sweatshirt for outdoor use
- Black, navy or grey knee length socks
- Shin pads
* available to purchase from Reception
In relation to letters previously sent out to parents/carers can we please remind both students and parents/carers that there will be a zero tolerance approach to uniform. In particular training shoes, black pumps and black trainers WILL NOT be accepted as College uniform from September 2011 and correct black shoes suitable for College must be worn.
The current bus timetable for this academic year has been published.