Our 2023 cohort for the Year 3 Roman Cup culminated in last week’s finals at the Colchester Garrison.
We had 18 teams entered from our Year 3 schools, with 180 matches to get through and a whole bunch of excited spectators too! This is the second year of holding the Year 3 and 4 teams on separate days to allow for speedier match play and to be honest, we’ve grown so much now we can’t accommodate everyone in the building without it taking all day!!
The competition starts with everyone arriving by 12pm, a quick briefing chat from Director of Coaching Lauren Selby, and then on they all go to fight it out for those coveted trophies and medals. The teams have already been split into groups according to their results from the first round, this will then ensure they’re playing other teams of similar ability. Each group have the chance to win medals for their group, as well as receiving certificates, a T-shirt (which they proudly all don before they leave the building) and a letter welcoming them back to a free month of squash with us at the Garrison.
The coaches were SO impressed with the standard on display, especially as so many of these children had never experienced anything like this before being in Year 3. We did see some wobbles, a couple of injuries, but the major part was excitement, laughter, cheering their friends on and seeing little friendships flourish between new friends from other schools too.
“The Roman Cup is without doubt my favourite event in the year. It is heart warming to see how much the children enjoy playing squash and also how much they improve from the first round to the last. I truly believe primary school squash is the key to raising the profile of squash.
Children learn a new and exciting sport, linked to that the parents become engaged in a sport they’ve either never played or haven’t played for years. We are looking forward to seeing many new faces at the Academy!”
Lauren Selby, Director of Coaching
The Roman Cup Results
Some hard fought battles from these schools, a big well done to everyone who competed, you should feel very proud of yourselves…
Most Improved Girl – Edie Griggs from Myland
Most Improved Boy – Billy Cooper from Bures
Best Girl – Gracie Glen from Highfields (most points won across both rounds)
Best Boy – Harrison Selby from Layer (most points won across both rounds)
Sportsmanship Award – Jessica Chaplin from Baynards
Sportsmanship Award – Ernie Withers-Fletton from Mistley
Bronze Group Winners – Bradfield 1
Silver Group Winners – Langham 1
Gold Group Runners Up – Layer 1
Gold Group Winners – Highfields 1
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