SCHOOL SPORT: Grammar’s alternative sports are a big hit

GOOD ARROW: Pupils trying out archery.
GOOD ARROW: Pupils trying out archery.
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Talented teens from Spalding Grammar School enjoyed an alternative sports day last Thursday as part of their varied ‘flexyweek’ programme.

Some 50 of the Grammar’s year nine pupils got to grips with three new sports as they embraced volleyball, cycling and archery.

The aim of the day was to strengthen community club links and to introduce students to new activities beyond the more common team pursuits of football, rugby, hockey and cricket.

Representatives from Spalding Cycling Club, Silver Spoon Bowmen and Volleyball Spalding put the students through their paces in a range of taster sessions – which demanded they use skills and muscles that they don’t always require.

The day was a huge success, with the pupils enjoying the challenge provided by the new sports.

On cycling, student Freddie Beach said: “The day opened my eyes to new sports and I found them fun.

“I have always been interested in cycling and today has told me that I could try it competitively, which I probably will.”

Pupil Edward Inglis enjoyed the volleyball. He added: “I particularly liked the volleyball. Getting to know the different type of shots and putting them into a game was rewarding, especially as my team won! It is great to know that there is such a club available in the area.”

New archery fan Billy Merz continued: “The archery was definitely my favourite activity. Not only was it interesting to try something new, but I found that I was doing quite well, which I did not know in the past.”

If Spalding Grammar’s alternative sports day has inspired you to join one of the three clubs, here’s how you can get in touch.

For details on Volleyball Spalding, email Tim Barzycki at, or visit for more on Spalding Cycling Club. Spalding-based Silver Spoon Bowmen’s website is, or email lisa@silver for more information.