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A Level Sports Science students along with Y9 students, North Coast Integrated College and St Joseph’s College students - View Full Size Image
A Level Sports Science students along with Y9 students, North Coast Integrated College and St Joseph’s College students

The Loreto College A level Sports Science class organised and held a Year 9 Inter-Schools Basketball Tournament, hosted by Loreto College on Tuesday 24th February 2015. Teams from Loreto College, North Coast Integrated College and St. Josephs’ College participated in the tournament.

The idea behind the day was for the students from the three different schools to work together, giving them the opportunity to enjoy sport with people from different cultural backgrounds. The event consisted of warm up and team building exercises, which were led by Loreto Year 14 student Jacob McLaughlin and supported by all Year 13 and Year 14 volunteers, who had been trained in advance by members of the Sports Science class.

Each team consisted of 5 players;  in the group stages the teams played four-a-side half court matches, with the first and second placed in the groups proceeded to the semi-final stage, where the game became full court and five-a-side. The first semi-finals were closely contested with the first match having to go to extra time to determine the winner.

The first team in the final, led by volunteer Frank Dillon, were hot favourites to win and were up against the “ the Underdogs” jointly led by Brega Mullan and Caite Skelly.  Each team fought hard for the gold medals, with every player looking to win the coveted MVP trophy.  In the end Frank’s team pulled away to win comfortably. The MVP Award went to Loreto’s Leo Passmore, whose team finished in the runner-up position.

The feedback which members of the A Level Sports Science class gained from Teachers and Participants confirmed that the day had ben a huge success, with participants making new friends, learning new skills, getting active and having fun.  One student expressed the hope that Loreto would hold this tournament every year!

Mrs Maureen McCullough, Head of Physical Education at Loreto College, paid tribute to the A Level students who had organised this very successful event and to the Year 9 students from all three schools who had taken part.