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The HLC Sports Calendar kicked off in September with the KS2 Cross Country Competition. Teams from 4 schools with a total of 96 runners competed at Allhallows. Three teams qualified in at least 2 of the categories each and went on to compete at the East Devon finals at Bicton. Upottery Year 5/6 girls were placed the highest from the HLC schools, finishing 2nd overall in their category. Honiton Primary Year 3/4 boys finished in 3rd place in their event.
At the Year 1/2 Gym festival at the beginning of October we had a ‘full house’ of 8 schools attending. Throughout the day Honiton Community College Sports Leaders demonstrated, encouraged and coached over 200 pupils to improve their gymnastic ability!
The Year 5/6 Handball competition came next with 7 teams from 5 schools taking part overall. Sports Leaders from Honiton Community College refereed the games with Upottery coming out on top. This is a really popular event with the children.
There was a new format for the Co-ordination event, with the pupils rotating around a number of stations including trampolining, dance (Ied by Honiton Community College Sports Leaders), balance and agility courses. There were 45 pupils attending from 6 schools – the highest number we have had, with this event increasing in popularity over the last couple of years.
The Honiton Hornets Hockey Club is back again this year and ran the first of 2 Quicksticks Hockey tournaments in November with 5 teams taking part. There will be another in the Spring term, which will allow a team from the HLC schools to go on to the East Devon finals at King’s School in February. Thank you once again to the coaches from the Hornets for providing this great opportunity.
The Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics event took place the Leisure Centre at the end of November with Honiton Community College Sports Leaders timing, measuring and recording all of the scores for the 7 teams competing. The pupils completed the standing long jump, standing triple jump, chest push, speed bounce and track events including obstacle races and relays. Honiton Primary were the overall winners and will take part in the East Devon finals at King’s School in January.
The Year 3/4 Dance Festival was the last event of this term and we managed to squeeze 90 children from 7 schools into 3 sessions. The children learnt routines choreographed and delivered by some very talented HCC Sports Leaders.
All of the Sports Leaders have worked really hard to help and encourage the primary pupils this term, thanks to them and to Hannah Bown and the PE team at Honiton Community College. Next term we can look forward to another Gym Festival, Swimming Galas, Hockey, Multi Skills and a new event for 2019 is for Year 3/4 tag rugby.
Sam Ayres has kindly been hosting Year 5/6 Hi 5’s netball at Honiton Primary, supported by Honiton Community College Sixth Formers after school again this year. The session postponed due to the weather will now take place be on Thursday 10th January. Both this one and the last session on Thurs 24th January will take place on the netball courts at the Leisure Centre.
Although there is no longer a Year 5/6 tag rugby East Devon pathways competition, HLC will still hold a tournament in February & March. A trophy will be presented to the winners of the HLC competition.

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