Right course mapped out

20th June 2017

Navigation skills were put to the test as students took part in a district orienteering competition.

Fourteen from The Vale Academy group qualified at the Brumby Hall, Scunthorpe, event, to represent North Lincolnshire in a Humber-wide competition.

Matthew Neal, assistant curriculum leader PE, said 65 students across years 7, 8 and 9 represented the Vale Academy.

“It presents an opportunity to develop map reading skills in a competitive environment as well as a focus on teamwork, leadership and fitness,” he said.

“The competition was a huge success with all students thoroughly enjoying the event. 

“Students were required to navigate a challenging course as fast as possible ensuring all points were found in the correct order either with a partner or individually.”

Principal Nicola Williams praised all the students involved.

“Congratulates, in particular, to the 14 who successfully qualified to represent the county to try and claim the title of Humber Champions once again,” she said.

“It’s a different sport for our students to have a go at and it is pleasing so many entered the competition.”

Tom Andrew (12) was one of those 14.

“I can’t believe I qualified for the Humber finals,” he said.  “I had never done any orienteering before but I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

He will be joined in the finals by 13-year-old Jodie Moody.

“She said: “This is the second time I have represented the Academy in orienteering and the second occasion I have qualified.

“I always really enjoy it and it is something a bit different to all the normal sports. “

Mr Neal said: “The level of competition increases year on year and we continue to push ourselves and surprise ourselves with some amazing achievements.

“To have 14 students qualifying for the Humber games is a fantastic achievement displaying our qualities at the highest level. 

“The Vale Academy also had the greatest number of entrants displaying the students desire to try new activities and their willingness to participate in competitive sport.”

The final will take place on Friday, 14th July. The academy won two age categories two years ago and were runners up last year.

Pictures (from top to bottom): The orienteering teams from Years 9, 8 and 7.