DHSB Sports Newsletter

Autumn Term 2018


Welcome to the Autumn edition of the PE Newsletter here at DHSB. It's been another very busy term with some exciting changes. The shortening of the school day has enabled the department to run practices after school for the first time. The students have embraced this opportunity and we have seen huge numbers staying on for "period 6" on a regular basis. Football, rugby, hockey, surfing, golf, climbing, basketball and ultimate are some of the clubs which have taken place and have contributed to hundreds of boys participating in sport each week.

In terms of individual and team success, all five football teams reached round 4 of the National Cup, three reached round 5 and two have reached round 6 (the last 32 in the country).

In rugby most year groups won all of their local central venue games and year 10 reached round 5 of the Natwest Vase before having to concede to Penryn due to player unavailability.

We won two Plymouth Schools Badminton championships and finished 3rd in Devon at table tennis in three age categories. We also won the Plymouth Schools Cross Country championships.

In addition to team success we have many students representing Plymouth Schoolboys at football, some Devon county rugby players and an England international in badminton.

We are also offering bespoke strength and conditioning training sessions for individuals who are eager to excel at their chosen sport.

I would like to thank Messrs Burt Strang Carpenter Manley Bunney and Anderson for their hard work this year.

Mr Orkney

Director of Sport


The Year 11 team have been involved in National Cup action this term and made brilliant progress, making it through to Round 5 which they've never done before. Victories against Liskeard, Callington and Helston boded well for our Round 5 tie against St Peters but we weren't able to finish them off and lost 5-3.

The team are involved in Devon Cup action in the last week of term and then play Tor Bridge in the Plymouth Cup after Christmas.

Football Tour to London

During Challenge Week we took 35 students to London on our now traditional Football Tour. We played a school from Dagenham and Eton College and on the Wednesday evening we travelled to Wembley to watch Tottenham v AC Milan in the Champions League. This was a fabulous week and the boys had a great time.
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U14 Badminton team finished 2nd in the Plymouth Schools Championships

U16s and U19s both won and have qualified for the Devon Finals.

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Table Tennis

Table tennis club has been a really popular activity this term, Joola table tennis club provides a coach to work with the boys on a Thursday lunch and the club also runs on a Friday. With the popularity of this activity continuing to grow.

Cross Country

The West Devon Cross Country Championships took place at Staddiscombe Playing fields back in November. DHSB had representatives in all the races, with 21 pupils running in total. DHSB finished 1st in the Junior boys team race and 2nd in the Inter boys race. Particular mention should go to Jamie Williams of year 13 who was 3rd in the Senior Boys race and Harry Cane of 9E who was 6th in the Junior Boys race.

In total 7 pupils were selected to represent the West Devon team in the Devon Schools Championships to be held in January.

Training takes place every Wednesday lunch time and all pupils are welcome to attend.


Mr McConnell has been running Ultimate training sessions 3 times per week in preparation for the National Championships in which we hope to do well


Once again we enjoyed a very successful surf club. Teaming up with the instructors at Surfs up Polzeath the club once again reached capacity with 30 students heading down and taking to the ocean. The club ran for 6 weeks and will do so again when we get warmer seas and lighter evenings!

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Golf Club

The DHSB golf club continues to grow and the practice really is paying off. Led by the PGA professionals at Boringdon Golf Club, the numbers taking part in this activity are up once again and all the boys taking part are really progressing with their abilities. We will take a break from golf for the next half term with it once again making a return in the spring and summer.