Bethany School Sixth Form pupils Folahan Peters, Freddie Porritt, Georgina Hill and Will Smith were amongst the award winners at a gala dinner on Wednesday 28th March to celebrate achievements in Senior Sport over the past year.
The Sports Awards Dinner is fast becoming one of the main events in the School calendar, and this year over 100 pupils, parents and friends enjoyed a fantastic celebration of pupils’ achievements in sport at Bethany. Special guest Tim Stimpson, former England, Leicester and British & Irish Lions Rugby player, captured everyone’s attention, admiration and enthusiasm with his pitch-perfect speech.
The highlight of the evening was the awarding of Honours medals, Sports Colours and Cups to our pupils. Sporting highlights at Bethany over the past 12 months have included the boys 1st XV Rugby Squad celebrating an unbeaten season, an unbeaten girls rounders team, and our first whole-school swimming gala against Sutton Valence School.
Matt Payne, Director of Sport, said: “This evening illustrates perfectly, the level of sporting talent here at Bethany, as well as the dedication of our pupils, who work so hard in training to achieve sporting success in their chosen field. It is a privilege to celebrate their achievements, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event. Thank you to everyone who supported our auction of promises and to the local businesses who were so generous in donating items for the auction.”
An auction of promises was held in support of Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, which provides sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas, as well as respite, medical and community care, and funds around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. We are delighted that over £720 was raised thanks to the generosity of attendees. Thank you to everyone who participated in the auction for your support of this very worthy cause.
We are hugely grateful to the local businesses and supporters who offered promises, including: Breakpoint Tennis, Holroyd Howe, Hush Heath Winery, Leeds Castle, Maidstone United FC, Risebridge Health & Sports Club, Slap’n’Dash ceramics, Tunbridge Wells RFC, and The Vine in Goudhurst.
Headmaster, Francie Healy, said: “Every year I am impressed by the sporting achievements of our pupils. The dedication that they give to their training, alongside their academic studies, is truly impressive. At Bethany, our greatest aim is to enable each of our pupils to realise their potential in every area – academic, sporting and creative, and this event is testament to that approach”.