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Whatever Mr Cumberland and Mr Cain say in the half time talks, it should be recorded and sold as ‘Motivational Speeches to Inspire!’ as our
magnificent Year 10 Football Team reach the last eight teams, out of 664 starting teams, in the national English Schools Football Association Cup!
With crucial goals coming in the final minutes of the second half of normal time and extra-time, we should praise the ‘never say die’ attitude and team spirit of the Year 10 team, along with the support of two teachers who are walking on clouds right now!
The Year 10 team played their ‘last 16’ match against Beauchamp College in Leicester. The game was extremely tight at the start, with the Beauchamp team starting much stronger than the Felixstowe sideBeauchamp are a very good team with some outstanding individuals which include professional football team Academy players. They put us under a lot of pressure and we struggled to play our normal football.
The Felixstowe team were grateful to goalkeeper Adam Hart for making some phenomenal saves to keep us in the game, including three ‘one on ones’. The Beauchamp pressure paid off for as they finally took the lead in the first half. Although we started to come back into the game at the end of the half, the score line remained 1-0 until half time.
After a good team talk which focussed on all the positives from the first half, the Academy side started the second half much brighter and created a lot of chances. Daniel Horton and Matthew Hazell asserted themselves in the middle and started to dictate play. Callum Fratel came on at half time and made an instant impact setting up Farron Leggett-Gage who only narrowly missed scoring. Luke Barnes, back in midfield after playing in goal for the last round, worked tirelessly on the other wing and created many opportunities for us. Vincent Ramilloza, on as a sub for Luke during the second half, worked very hard to try and bring us back into the game.
Beauchamp College continued to attack us and put us under pressure with their two very good strikers, but Lewis Hutchings, Luke Slater, Ieuan Turner and Kieran Dolan played extremely well making some fantastic tackles to keep the score 1-0. The Academy side did secure a penalty during the second half after Charlie Brown was taken out in the box, but unfortunately the keeper chose the correct direction of the ball and jumped to his left to save the shot. This is how it stayed for the rest of the second half, with both teams playing flowing, attacking football.
Then, with three minutes left to play, we were awarded a free kick. Daniel Horton took the free kick and fired in a brilliant shot which the keeper just got his hands to, but he didn’t secure the ball. With a goal mouth scramble the ball eventually flicked up and Callum Fratel was at the back post to header in to make the scoreline 1-1!
The team, Academy staff, Student Media Team photographers and subs all went crazy as the constant pressure on the Beauchamp goal finally paid off!
The drama continued into Extra Time and provided spectators with an eventful 30 minutes! Hearts were in throats when in the first half of Extra Time Beauchamp College gained a penalty! However, Adam Hart made an amazing save, diving to his right and tipped the ball onto the post which was followed up by our alert defence to clear the danger! This was a game changing moment for the Academy side as it kept us in the game and gave the team a motivational lift.
The score line remainder 1-1 at half time of Extra Time…
Andy Warhol is quoted as saying that ‘everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes’. Well, for the Academy side this was their 15 minutes! We started the second half very strongly and with only a minute on the clock Charlie Brown made a fantastic run into the box to get himself into a great position - but was fouled.
The Referee immediately pointed to the spot to award us our second penalty of the game. Team Captain Daniel Horton stepped up to take the penalty this time and confidently slotted home to make the score line 2-1 with only eight minutes remaining.
As you might expect from a quality side, Beauchamp College were immediately pressing the Academy defence very hard in search of their equaliser, and we relied on everybody to work as hard as they could to block any shot. With under four minutes left on the clock, the Academy side played a ball over the top for Charlie Brown to chase. Charlie shot at goal, but the Beauchamp goalie just beat him to punch the ball clear – but it fell beautifully for Farron Leggett-Gage, who was around 25 yards out, to confidently chip the ‘keeper to secure the Academy’s third and final goal!
Final score 3-1!
The Year 10 side have done fantastic to reach the QUARTER FINALs of the National Cup, making them last 8 out of 664 schools to enter this competition. What makes this progress so much greater is that we are coming up against schools much bigger than ourselves, with extremely talented players - and we are matching them, and beating them every time.
Mr Cain and Mr Cumberland are ‘so happy, proud and honoured to be with this team’. Both of them praise repeatedly ‘the whole squad’s positive attitude stands out to us. They never give up, they encourage each other and when we win could not be any more respectful to officials and the other team.’ The whole Academy community is proud of their achievement.
The Quarter Final is to be played in Felixstowe against a team from Canterbury on Monday 9 March!
Last Thursday we took the following students to the final County Cross Country Championships. This was the third meeting in a series of races to determine the Suffolk teams for the Anglian Championship which is being held at the Royal Hospital School in February.
All students performed really well on a very hard course with many pitfalls. Credit must go to Harrison and Calum who both fell in their respective races but still demonstrated excellent resilience and determination to complete the course in a very respectable position.
Congratulations to Ellie and Tom who have now been selected for the Suffolk team at the Anglian and probably for the National Championships in March.
Watch this space!!
With football fixtures coming thick and fast, the Year 10 Football Team faced Beaumont School from St Albans, Hertfordshire in the English Schools Football Association Cup with one of their star midfielders in goal!
As Mr Cumberland and Mr Cain finalised their starting line-up for this crucial match for the strongest opponent this side had faced to date, they were hit by news that both their goal keepers would be out due to injury! However, backed by his team mates, up stepped midfielder Luke Barnes to take on this key role.
What a match it was! In wet and windy conditions, the match still had nine goals and and Academy team performance described by a spectator on Twitter as ‘a credit to the Academy. Great sportsmanship and team ethics. Pleasure to watch.’ From the start the Academy side were on the attack and scored after two minutes of play when Callum Fratel was put through and calmly and confidently took his chance.
Daniel Horton and Matthew Hazell were phenomenal throughout the entire game. They were physical, calm, and confident when they had the ball and applied a lot of pressure as soon as Beaumont School gained possession. They were fantastic and controlled the midfield. As we progressed through the first half, a ball was played to Charlie Brown down the left wing which he ran onto and chipped the goal keeper who was rushing out to close him down to make the score 2-0. This was then followed by a third when a similar pass was made to Charlie who again chipped the goalkeeper to make the score 3-0.
Beaumont School did have chances in the first half however, Luke Barnes made some fantastic saves. Luke, in addition to the defence consisting of Lewis Hutchings, Luke Slater, Ieuan Turner, and Kieran Dolan kept Beaumont school out, up until around two minutes before half time when their striker neatly slotted the ball into the corner making it 3-1 at half time.
Vincent Ramilloza played on the right wing and created a lot of chances for us, whilst at the same time working extremely hard to follow their wingers when they were attacking. It was this kind of attitude and work rate which meant the match was so entertaining.
In the second half we were against the wind which made it very difficult at times to get out of our half due to passes literally stopping in the air and coming back towards us. I am pleased to say our change of tatics and formation to accommodate this worked very well!
Charlie Brown dropped back into midfield and Matt Hazell then undertook the defensive midfield role to stop the Beaumont striker from creating too many chances. They did this very well and it allowed us to gain more possession which then lead to Callum Fratel playing a great pass to Farron Leggett-Gage, who then beat two players and got a shot away which struck the cross bar, which was then followed up by Charlie Brown to tap it into the net. Charlie Brown was to score again after he beat two players and then the goal keeper, in the process of being fouled, to make the score 5-1.
Nathan Baker and Matthew Tetley both came on during the second half and did fantastically well. Nathan’s fresh legs helped the team as he was able to track Beaumont’s very influential winger and stop him from creating chances for their school as he was threat throughout the game. Matt played as a defensive midfielder which also stopped their attacking players from creating too many chances. He later went onto play at centre back when Ieuan Turner suffered an injury.
Beaumont school were very attacking at this point, trying to find a way back into this game. This approach in tactics allowed Farron Leggett-Gage to run onto a ball just inside their own half, take it round the keeper, and calmly place the ball into the back of the net. Beaumont School continued to press with the wind behind them and were able to have a lot of shots at our goal which lead to them scoring two in quick succession.
However this did not affect the team as we continued to play some outstanding football to see out the game. Final score 6-3 to Felixstowe Academy.
Both Mr Cain and I are extremely proud of this team, not only for their physical performances on the pitch but also for their attitude towards staff, the officials and their opponents. A number of schools that are still in the competition are big city schools with a vast array of players to choose from, but each time this Academy team has come up against them they have performed to an extremely high level. This result means that we are in the last 16 out of 664 schools in England.
The next round has been made and we are playing away at Beauchamp College in Leicestershire - so a long trip ahead for the team.
Please can you congratulate the team if you come across them within the Academy, as this is the furthest we have ever got in the competition by a long way including our legacy schools. Well done!
The Year 10 squad included:
The Year 7 Boys Basketball Team gave another unmatched, outstanding performance when they played St. Albans School in the Suffolk Schools
Under 12 Tournament.
It was clear the Academy side were going to win right from the start when they raced into a 20-0 lead in the first ten minutes!
So good was the Felixstowe team we used the training rotational system throughout the match without exhibiting any weaknesses in the game.
The final score was 51–6 to Felixstowe Academy.
The Year 7 team included:
The Felixstowe Academy Year 10 Football Team played against the Bromfords School from Basildon in the last 64 (out of 770 schools) of the English Schools Football Association Cup this week and we are pleased to say that we WON 2-1!
The boys were fantastic, playing some great football on a wet, waterlogged pitch. From the beginning the Academy side started to dominate the game, however around 10 minutes in the Bromfords side got a penalty which they scored to make it 1-0.
Felixstowe came straight back at them applying a lot of pressure which eventually led to us getting a penalty, but this was missed. I am pleased to say that the boys did not drop their heads and continued to press! This pressure paid off when Charlie Brown was put through and he neatly tucked away to make the score 1-1. It remained like this for the first half.
In the second half we started very well and put them under a lot of pressure. We had so many chances, however, we could not put the ball into the net. That was until Charlie Brown took a corner which found Luke Barnes in the box to head the ball past the keeper. For the final 10 minutes the Bromford side pushed us back trying to find an equaliser, but our defence stood firm and we won 2-1.
The team played extremely well and competed against a very physical team. This result has put us in the last 32 out of 770 nationally! The man of the match was Matthew Tetley, as decided by the players.
The next match will be played against Beamount School (from St Albans in Hertfordhshire) at Felixstowe Academy on Wednesday 28 January.
The Year 10 squad included:
Mr Cumberland & Mr Cain
The Year 10 Football Team played the Quarter Final of the County Cup against Thurston Community College and we are pleased to say that they won 3-1.
The boys were fantastic from start to finish playing some excellent football and really competing all around the pitch in some very challenging conditions. The first goal came very early in the game and was a great team goal. The midfield won the ball and quickly found Callum Fratel who beat a player and then played a perfectly weighted reverse pass under lots of pressure to Luke Barnes who had made an excellent run and finished superbly to the keeper’s bottom left.
At 1-0 Thurston had a great chance but with superb reactions Adam Hart kept out a shot high to his right from inside the six yard box. With Ieuan Turner and Matt Tetley
dominating both on the floor and in the air and Lewis Hutchings and Kieron Dolan showing great determination and composure at the back defensively the team was rock solid allowing the attacking players to really show what they could do. Dan Horton, Matt Hazell, Vincent Ramilloza and Farron Leggett-Gage showed some great pace, skill and vision making life extremely difficult for their opposite numbers.
We continued to have lots of chances and the pressure told with our second goal. Matt Hazell picked the ball up on the edge of the area at a slight angle, quickly gained control of the ball and shot low to the keeper’s bottom left. Matt was outstanding throughout the game both defensively and offensively and really deserved his goal.
The team started the second half as they finished the first applying lots of pressure in midfield and creating some excellent chances.
But for some excellent goalkeeping and some bad luck more goals would have followed. We finally got a third when Callum Fratel glided past his marker and finished smartly with the outside of his right foot to the keepers bottom left. Both Nathan Baker and Ben Barkes were excellent when they came on adapting to the pace of the game superbly and performing their individual roles to great effect.
Thurston did get a goal back late on but the game ended 3-1.
The boys will now be playing Farlingaye in the semi-finals and should be very proud of all they have achieved so far. Each and every player was superb, not just in terms of the football they played but their attitude towards the game so please congratulate them when you see them. Thank you to all those students and staff who braved the weather to come out and see them as well.
The Year 10 squad included:
Mr Cain & Mr Cumberland
The PE Department were delighted to welcome Olympic Great Britain player Louise Jukes to the Academy for a very successful introductory session to Handball.
Handball is the second most popular female sport in the world, and one in which women can earn a good salary. In many parts of the world it is played to full
stadiums and the introductory sessions by Louise proved a real hit with students!
Female students in Year 9 can become disillusioned with the usual mainstream sports, but judging by the photos and response to their first training session they were highly motivated and enthusiastic about continuing both within the curriculum and as an after-Academy session at club level.
Lucy Fruin in action during the training session...
Year 9 student Lucy Fruin has already been ‘talent’ identified for regional Handball trials and was really pleased to be able to play the sport within the Academy. Lucy explained how she got into the sport ‘Having lived for ten years in the Spanish Canary Islands, Handball is a very popular sport where young people get involved at a very young age. I started playing at the age of 10 and was so pleased to find a club locally in the Felixstowe and Ipswich area where I can continue playing.’
Louise was very impressed with the sports facilities at the Academy and sees the potential to integrate the newly formed community Handball Club to become our satellite club. This would mean publicity, funding of new equipment and coaching and potentially some of our students attaining national levels. We wish Lucy the very best for her trials and look forward to developing a Handball programme at Felixstowe Academy in the New Year.
‘Brilliant’ is how you can describe the outstanding performance of our gallant Year 7 Boys Basketball Team that took part in the Schools Tournament held at Copleston High School.
Felixstowe Academy demonstrated such a high standard and quality of play that even the host and home of Ipswich Basketball, Copleston, were made to look very ordinary.
In the first game against Copleston we took a commanding 8-0 lead but Copleston staged a big fightback to draw 10-10. Felixstowe then raised their game to another level resulting in the final score of 26-18 in favour of Felixstowe Academy!
The final game against Kesgrave High School was very one sided as they were simply no match for Felixstowe and the score could have been much higher. Felixstowe Academy won 28-0.
Congratulations to the whole Year 7 team who included:
The Year 7s played their final County Cup match against St Albans, and friendly match against Northgate High School, in very competitive games.
Within the County Cup match, our players performed extremely well cutting out their two main threats who were very skillful. The Academy team took the lead in the first half after Oscar Kearney closed down the goal keeper and forced him into a mistake, which Edward Swain capitalised on.
At half time we moved things around slightly which worked in our favour as Edward scored a further two goals to get his hat-trick. The defence played extremely well and the goal keeper, Jack Webster made some OUTSTANDING saves in a full size goal which they are not used to playing at this age. That was our last competitive match of the year for this year group as you are normally required to win 3 out of the 4 games to progress however we have now won 2 and lost 2 but time will tell.
The team listed below, have done extremely well in their first year at Felixstowe Academy. The Year 7 squad included:
Year 11 students recently represented the Academy in the Center Parcs National Schools Championships held at the Ipswich Inspire Arena.
Matthew Haskell, Joshua Smith, Ganenthiran Ramaswamy and George Lee, took part in the Badminton Competition held in Ipswich and proudly came second in their group, winning 12 out of 15 team games. They have qualified for the next round of the competition in December. Congratulations to the team and best of luck in the next round.
Rachel Rudd and Eleanor Piotrowski played in the Singles matches while Tiegan Fielding teamed up with Georgia Carr for the Doubles tournament. Our girls team proudly came 4th in their group against an impressive field of quality players from 10 other schools. Well done to the team.
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