20th January 2015
Tomorrow will see more than 350 students, from 17 of the South West’s independent schools, turning up in the beautiful surroundings of Haldon Forest to compete in this year’s regional cross country trials of the Independent Schools Association. Hosted by Trinity, this is a major event in the Association’s busy sporting calendar and it promises to be quite an occasion. The races are expected to provide a real test for the young athletes, for although the forecast is for dry weather, the Haldon course is demanding and today’s heavy rain will undoubtedly have had an effect on conditions under foot. Trinity is inevitably fielding a sizeable team and we wish them all the best of luck in their endeavours.
The role of ISA is pivotal in the life of an independent school such as Trinity. ISA currently offer students of different ages the chance to compete in many sports at a high level, and currently ISA stages regional and national competitions in 24 different disciplines ranging from major team games such as football and hockey to more niche activities such as orienteering and surfing. Trinity itself has been hosting the ISA SW regional netball finals this month as well as the cross country finals.
Sporting participation, at all ability levels, is an important part of independent school lifestyle that we offer, and we aim to compete each year in as many of the ISA events as we can. We are delighted to offer these activities to our pupils as we know from many years’ experience just how much they gain from the competitions and how much they enjoy taking part. Our under 16 Rugby players are currently in training for the National ISA Rugby 7’s finals to be held in Maidenhead next month.
We have had our fair share of success stories. Swimming is going particularly well this year: no fewer than 18 Trinity students are currently preparing to swim for the South West of England team in the national ISA swimming finals, to be held at London’s Olympic Pool at the end of this month. And in recent years we have also had an exceptionally strong under 16 hockey team, who ran out national champions 2 years in succession.