Sport at Penrice

Organized, well-structured youth sports and on-going physical activities can provide many benefits for children and adolescents. Positive experiences that sports and an active lifestyle bring, play an important role in a young person’s life. Physical exercise is good for the mind, body and spirit which will help with focusing on school life, Sport includes all forms of competitive physical activity or games which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators.

Sport at Penrice is really encouraged and plays a big part in peoples’ life and curricular throughout the years you are at Penrice Academy. But doing sport at Penrice doesn’t only mean you will represent the school, you could go on to compete nationally or even internationally.

I spoke to International Cricketer, Charlie, about his tour in South Africa recently.

What inspired you to start cricket? Playing at the beach with my parents at the age of three

What age did you start playing cricket properly? I started playing at the age of eight

What cricket club do you play for? I play for Truro at the moment

How often do you train? Once a week in winter and two to three times a week in the summer

Who is your cricket idol? Probably Joe Root

Are you a batsman or a bowler? Mainly a batsman but I can bowl

Who gave you the opportunity to go to South Africa? Cornwall Cricket Club

We also have a swimming champion in school, Angus. It was amazing summer for him in 2018. On the 3rd August he competed in the 50 metre breastroke at pond’s Forge, Sheffield, in the English National summer swimming championship.

Penrice Academy also give the opportunity to be an ambassador for sport and encourage people to take on sport and join a club. Talking about clubs, Penrice accommodate clubs for everyone whether it is a more contact sport like rugby to a more relaxing sport like golf

I spoke to some of the Year 10 ambassadors.

Can you explain a little more about what the role of a sport ambassador? “Yes being a sport ambassador is that you are responsible of encouraging sport around the school and helping the PE teachers setting up for lessons, matches and tournaments.”You also have meetings every Tuesday break time to catch up with the teachers and your fellow ambassadors.”

I also met up with another swimmer but with a dance twist on it – synchronised swimmer champion Frankie. Frankie won Gold at a competition in Plymouth. Have you got any competitions coming up? “Yes actually I have got one at the start of July in the London Olympic pool.”

Wow that is an amazing opportunity isn’t it, you must have to train a lot. “Yes I do, I have training every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights.”

Well good luck to you and I hope you do amazingly.

Overall, the success of sport at Penrice Academy is at an all-time high, and the encouragement provided by the school has seemingly paid off. If you are interested in joining an after school club speak to your form tutor for more information.

Famous Faces at Penrice, by William

Penrice has produced lots of Sport Stars in Rugby including: George Tregilgas, Shane Johns, Ben Plummer and Fraser Nottle who all play for St Austell RFC 1st XV team. Ethan Pearce-Cowley, who just left Penrice last year, has been selected to play for Cornwall’s Under-18’s squad to face Ireland in a two match tour during April.

When George Tregilgas was at Penrice in Year 11, him and Josh Barbery were selected to play rugby for Cornwall schools against Devon. They both played for the A team but unfortunately lost. After George left Penrice, he went to study at Exeter Chiefs Academy and made a massive improvement when he was there.