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EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS


David heavy rolling the main cricket square


during the autumn term, then netball in spring, and now a mixture of rounders and cricket in summer. David describes the rapidity of changeover as challenging. In David’s care over the autumn and spring terms are two under-13 size and seven or eight under-10 size football pitches. For rugby, there is one under-13 pitch, two under-12, two under-10, two under-9, and three under-8. For hockey, there are a full- size and two half-size pitches on the all-weather area, and one half-size turf pitch. In the summer term, much of the grassed area accommodates cricket outfields for which there are two main squares and a smaller two-wicket square, plus eight prepared quick cricket strips around the site and six rounders pitches. “All of our pitches are used pretty well all of the time,” said David.


Sport is a very


important part of school life at Holmewood House for every one of the pupils, not just for those that excel





Summer setting - the 200-year old mansion house, the school’s main cricket ground spread before it


100 PC April/May 2019


Underlying soil conditions are very heavy clay and there are big drainage issues. Only the main rugby pitch, about to be renovated by Bourne, has any drainage. The rest rely on whatever spiking and slitting David and Ian are themselves able to do. When it’s belting down with rain, David’s heart sinks because heavy pitches and surface water will surely follow. The school takes huge pride in all its sport. There has, however, been a noticeable push for rugby since the new headmaster Scott Carnochan took up the reins in September 2017. The fact he was once at junior international for Scotland may have something to do with this. Total pupil participation in sport is unashamedly the school’s philosophy. Each child, regardless of ability, is encouraged to enjoy games sessions. All of them are


encouraged to experience matches and controlled competition. Skilled and experienced sports staff help develop knowledge and skills and instill a love and passion for a variety of sports from nursery age to year-8.


“Sport is a very important part of school life at Holmewood House for every one of the pupils, not just for those that excel,” said David. “Wear and tear on the pitches is massive all year round. There is no respite, but we love our role.” “Working in an environment with very young children does sometimes pose difficulties, but their welfare and safety always comes first and we are mindful of this every single day. I never use granular fertiliser, for instance, anywhere other than on the main cricket square.”


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