Sports Scholarship

The Sports Scholarship scheme supports students with sporting excellence with a number of students already benefiting from bursaries towards regional and national events. Any queries  for the Scholarship Scheme should be sent to the PE Department and applications for a bursary to the Principal, Ms Adams.

Cory Baker


Cory in Year 8 is a fantastic swimming, representing the Wey Valley School in the Sampson Cup. Cory trains four times a week with the West Dorset Swimming club and is in the top squad for swimming with 14, 15 and 16 year old swimmers!  Cory has a number of County qualifying times and at the County championships earlier this year, Cory was ranked in the top 6 for his age group in Dorset.  Cory has also attained two Regional qualifying times for the 50m and 100m breaststroke  and competed in the South West & Wales championships where Cory was ranked in the top 25.

Grace Morgan 

 

Grace in Year 10, travels to Bournemouth three times per week for training.  Grace has also played in the national futsal festival twice in Birmingham coming in the top 5 in the country on both occasions.  Grace added, ‘I played for Bournemouth against teams from Swansea, Plymouth, Exeter and Northampton and appeared on Sky Sports whilst also training for Bournemouth.  I have played for Dorset and invited to attend the south region international trial at Thatcham’. 

Emily Seymour

 

Emily in Year 10, has been competing at Tae Kwon do for 4 years and sparring for just over a year. Emily said, ‘I really enjoy Tae Kwon Do and love helping teach the lower belts.  I have moved up the belts to black tag and I am hoping to be able to take my black belt grading this year.  I train for 2 hours per week but regularly practice outside of training sessions.  I am very passionate about Tae Kwon Do and will continue to work hard until my competitions start in April’.  

Lauren Holder 

Lauren, in Year 10 is on the school’s Gifted & Talented programme and plays basketball for Weymouth Huskies and has sights on the ‘Nationals’ at the start of next season.  Lauren said, ‘I play regularly in an Adult team with trips to Exeter and I thoroughly enjoy the sport – I have been voted player of the match and have aims to go further in this great sport’. 

Megan Hunter 

 

Megan in Year 7, swims for the Tornadoes Swimming Club, based on Portland, training three nights a week for a total of 5 hours. Megan is currently in the transition group for national/performance squad and competes for the club at novice league and junior league. Megan added, ‘I was selected for the Arena league, competing at level 2 and 3 competitions at Swindon, Weston super mare and Millfield School and achieved silverware at last year’s galas’. Megan’s aim is to compete at national swimming levels soon. 

Hayden Scott

Hayden has been playing basketball for about five years and made an immediate impact, advancing rapidly through the ranks. Today, Hayden plays and trains with older students and adults, and regularly plays for the Under 16 team that competes in the Solent League.

Last year (2016) Hayden was the only player from Dorset to be picked for the inaugural South West (Under 11) team, that competed in the National Basketball Tournament in Sheffield.

This year, Hayden has been selected to represent the South West team at Under 13 level, which is a year above his age.

Hayden's aspirations for the future are to play (sport) to as high a standard as he is able; he is naturally gifted, and works hard on improving any areas he needs to, and is forever practising in his spare time.

Hayden has been selected to play for the South West England under 13 Basketball Team in France and Manchester within the next few months. This is a great achievement for him after several trials, hard work and real commitment.

Daniel Kingman

I have been competitively swimming for the last 4 years and I swim at West Dorset Swimming Club where I train 4/5 times a week. I also have broken 11 Club records for my age group since 2016.  I have just competed at the Dorset County Championship where I won 3 golds in 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke and a Silver medal in the 200m Freestyle, I am now the current county champion for my age group in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke. My next important competition is the South West Regional Event where I have already achieved 7 automatic entries. In 2016 I won a bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke at the South West Regional Event.

In October 2016 I was chosen to represent Dorset at an Inter counties team event in Sheffield where the team won Division 2 and was promoted to Division 1.

Thank you for the sports scholarship this will enable me to buy my next set of Racing Skins for the South West Regionals.

Eden Wrighston

Eden is an enthusiastic and dedicated dancer and takes part in after school clubs, performing art shows as well as dance and performing art studies in school. Eden hopes to gain a scholarship place in one of the four performing arts schools nationally.  Eden’s dance career is progressing to the next level which involves a lot of travelling around the country for competitions.  The school scholarship will support Eden with some of the costs for these competitions.

Emilia Ambrico

Emilia is passionate about cheerleading and really enjoys this sport as it is energetic, fun and a team sport.  Gymnastics have helped me get more flexible and I can do the splits, leg holds and a scorpion.  Cheerleading has also increased my strength and balance. I can now lift a team member into the air and catch her when we do cradles. The sport has also helped me increase my confidence; however I am nervous but excited for the upcoming competitions!

Alexander Barton

I have used my Scholarship Award to enter two competitions and to buy a new Poomsae suit. One of the competitions was an International event which had competitors from 13 different countries and although I didn't get into the finals I still very much enjoyed the experience of meeting people in the GB team as well as different countries like France , Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Bulgaria and many more. The extra training has really helped as I have improved my score and got a personal best.

In the next few months I am hoping to go to Wales for another competition so will keep training as hard as I can.

Ben Jones

I really enjoy my athletics and after joining Weymouth St Pauls Harriers in September 2012, I haven’t looked back!
In 2012/13 and 2013/14 I competed in the indoor season for the team and became Indoor County Champion at the U13 4 lap and the U13 Paarlauf, finishing 2nd in the Vertical Jump.  In the 2014/15 Indoor season, my last year in the U13 category, I finished with 3 x 1st in the U13 4Lap, Vertical Jump and Paarlauf.
I have competed for Team Dorset in the Sports hall Championships in Paignton 3 years running.  I have been competing in 100m, 200m and Javelin in most competitions around the south of England.
Last year in the Under 13 section, I broke Poole's arena Javelin record with a throw of 33.99m. Last May I became Dorset County Champion U13 in 200m and Javelin.
Last year alone, I competed in approximately 30 competitions for my Athletics club and Team Dorset in the Youth Development League.  I compete most weekends, some both days, and I hope to come away this year with more success.
I am very grateful for the Scholarship Award; it will certainly help me with my Athletics as I look to develop my abilities and passion for this great sport.

Ollie Sanderson

 

I am very grateful for the Sports Scholarship Award which will enable me to enter more Biathlon competitions this year.
I will be participating in the National School’s Biathlon Championships in March, representing the Wey Valley School at Crystal Palace and also the Regional Triathlon Championships at Leweston in March,( Run, swim, shoot) with the aim of getting into the Nationals.
Last November, at the National Modern Biathlon Championships in Solihull, Ollie achieved the necessary times to be considered for the English Talent Programme for Pentathlon GB. I went on a training day with the Dorset Pentathletes to Run, Shoot and Fence to support all the areas in his training.

Ava Barton

 

During last year I entered an International Tae Kwon Do Competition in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was a new experience for me as I had never done a competition at this level before. I enjoyed taking part alongside colleagues from other countries around the world. I was also invited to a seminar the next day to have exclusive training with some of the Grand Masters. I have now also passed my Second Level Black Belt Grading with another Master. I wish to continue improving so I can achieve more great things again in my competitions this year.

Scott Stallman

I have been windsurfing since I was 9, mainly in Portland Harbour, and have progressed through the sport and am now competing nationally in the UKWA British Slalom Association (BSA) series set at various locations around the country. During 2015 I have competed at the National Watersports festival (junior) and came first; the National Watersports festival speed challenge and won the fastest under 16; Weymouth Speed week and won fastest youth, the BSA National Championship Amateur Fleet and won 1st junior, BSA National Championship Amateur fleet and won 2nd overall and was awarded the Windsurfing trophy at the Wey Valley School Awards day.
My next goal is to achieve 40 knots (the fastest officially recorded speed by a Windsurfer in Portland Harbour is 44 knots) and I am hoping to hit this speed during 2016. I am also hoping that during 2016 the 2016 BSA season I will be able to improve on my 2nd place overall to win the amateur fleet and retain my other titles.

Sam Anstey

I first started windsurfing when I joined Wey Valley School three years ago via the Will Mackaness Trust. I was given the opportunity to complete my RYA level 1 certificate at The Official Test Centre, Portland and was then completely hooked!
With the help of The OTC I progressed to the level of being able to take part in the UKWA British Slalom Association events which are held throughout the UK. In 2014 I was 1st Junior in the Master blaster Fleet and this year moved to the Amateur Fleet to gain further racing experience. My aim for 2016 is to be in the Top 10 BSA Amateur Fleet and to travel to more events, some of which are further away from Portland. My long term aim is to progress up in to the Pro Fleet. I have also taken part in the Weymouth Speed Week competition and was 2nd Youth this year.
I get out on the water whenever I can to practice and improve my slalom/speed sailing skills and also enjoy wave sailing at Overcombe Corner whenever the waves and wind are good.
I also really enjoy helping out at the OTC, teaching and encouraging people to Windsurf so that they can enjoy it as much as I do.

Pascal Maclean-Wood


During my first term at Wey Valley school I have been invited to join a number of Regional training camps. These are made up of the top 16 players (12yrs and under) in the Southwest, this is an area covering Cornwall to Bristol and including South Wales. This gives me the opportunity to train and play alongside some excellent opposition.
I moved up in to the 12yrs and under age bracket in April 2015 and have worked my way up to 3rd in Dorset.  I have managed to maintain this position despite being injured for a while!  I wasn’t actually able to play tennis whilst injured but I kept up a high level of fitness by following a stretching and physical exercise programme and attending my elite training programme. Having my individual lessons as part of my school day helps a lot by freeing up space after school enabling me go to squads at the Bournemouth tennis academy and also to get involved in other sports.
In the future I hope to be number 1 in Dorset and to reach National Level in 12yrs and under (as I did in 10yrs and under last year).  

Jerry Thompson

 

My sport is basketball and I have had experience playing at high levels - County and South West England (both for the age group above me).

I am currently captain of my u16 team (Weymouth Tropics). I have also been playing men's division 1 and 2 basketball since the age of 14. At Wey Valley basketball I'm also the captain of the year 11 team. I have contributed massively to all the teams I have played for and been recognised for this with numerous awards and trophies like MVP and at Wey Valley last year being awarded the James Mckay  Basketball Award.

Cameron Shearer

I have been taking part and enjoying Taekwondo since I was 5 years old. I am now a black belt (1st Dan) and I am now ready to sit my next grading (2nd Dan).  I enjoy taking part in competitions for which I am grateful to the school for the funding they have provided, which makes this possible.  Taekwondo has helped me to improve my self-discipline, concentration and my determination to succeed in other areas, which has helped me through my school years and will continue into the future.

Alexandra Stevenson

I first started sailing in year six at primary school and was fortunate enough to be funded by the Will Mackaness Trust to get most of my RYA sailing qualifications. I started competitive sailing during the 2012 season.  As a member of Weymouth Sailing Club for three years, I have won several race series, including one at Castle Cove Sailing Club.

I have taken part in the Youth Nationals two years running and represented Dorset at the Nationals Schools Sailing Competition. This season, I took part in my first National Qualifier competition on my Laser Radial and was sailing against the Olympic finalist, Ali Young and the two times World Champion. Being able to compete at this level is extremely valuable and I have learnt a lot. This year I aim to improve my results on the race courses, take part in more National and International Competitions and continue to enjoy my time on the water- it's a great sport.

Max Gilmartin

 

I was introduced to basketball before I started Wey Valley - I was at St Nicholas & St Lawrence Primary School and Wey Valley offered basketball training.....I was hooked!

I have been playing 'men's' basketball for Weymouth Basketball Club for the last two years, for their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd teams. I have also played under 19's.

With Weymouth Cowboys (2nd team) we won the Exeter finals. In 2014, the under 19's were undefeated in league and cup. In Solent Basket Ball association, we were league and cup winners. So far this season Weymouth's U16's tropics are undefeated.

I also played national league basketball for South West England team at home and in Europe.

I have applied to specialist basketball colleges in Southampton and Bristol. When I am accepted I hope to leave home next summer to board there, for the next 2-3 years. This will lead me towards a career in sports teaching and coaching. They have connections with Colleges in USA, the ‘home of basketball’.

The Wey Valley School has been exceptional in accommodating my extra basketball training as well as my strength and conditioning training. I will always be grateful!

Kate Norman

I have been doing Taekwondo since I was eight years old. I train three times a week with my Grand Master Rob McDonald and I have now gained my black belt. This year, I competed in the Chungdokwan National Championships where I came fourth and in September I travelled to Dublin to compete in the All Ireland International Taekwondo Championships where I won a Bronze medal. I also help to teach younger members of the club.

Charlotte Hall

I have been competing in motocross since the 2012 season. I started on a KTM 65 and in that season I finished 6th overall in my class and also won girl rider of the year.

The following year I went up a class to 85s/w.

I have competed for my club in the MCF grand slam final twice and also the Girls Nationals twice, coming 10th overall this year but unfortunately I broke my arm the first year!!

Next season I will be moving up to another class and my aim is to finish in the top 6 in my club and hopefully get into the top 5 at the girls Nationals.

April Heasman

At the moment I am training at Christchurch at least once and sometimes twice a week with top girls coach Rowden Fullen. On a Wednesday I go to the Way Valley after school club with local coach Andy Millar.

I also train with local league players under the coaching of Andy Millar. I have represented Weymouth at cadet league and also represented Dorset at under 13 level. I am hoping to be picked again to play this year at under 15 level.

I have represented Wey Valley in many school team tournaments with the team coming first at the school games last year and second this year. I have also won the girls under 13 local championships two years in a row.

This year I have started playing in the Weymouth and Portland league, division 3 gaining valuable match play experience.

Mark Rankin

 

I recently competed in the National Skills Challenge Final  at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, the home of England Golf.  The Wey Valley Scholarship Grant has helped me with the cost of travel and accommodation.  The competition was a great experience and the day ended with me in a tie for first place however I lost out after count back.  Despite just missing out, I enjoyed the event and the opportunity to play against other players with a high standard of golf.

I also play golf for Dorset County Boys U16 and I am working towards making the South West England U16 Squad. 

Golf has taken me all over the country over the last couple of years, but when I am not on the road I will normally be on the course or on the practice area at Weymouth Golf Club where I am the Junior Vice Captain.

In the future I am looking towards gaining a golf scholarship to America where I can further my studies and hopefully improve my game to a higher level".

 Libys McGuiness

 

Libys McGuinness, who is in Year 11 at Wey Valley School competed in the International Poomsae Championships in Ireland with Wey Valley School. The scholarship grant helped Libys with the cost of which is a Sports College helping with flights, accommodation and entrance fees.

Libys said: “The competition was outstanding and in my division I proudly came eighth competing against others from Britain, Ghana, Gibraltar, Ireland and Scotland. Because of that I have been invited back to Ireland to fight in September this year.

“Whilst in Ireland I also had the privilege of training with twice world champion grand master Shin, Master Derek Somner, which was an unforgettable experience.”

Phil Thomas, Principal at Wey Valley School, said: " Libys has really made the most of her sports scholarship. She works hard at her sport attending lunchtime and after school martial art sessions with the lead tutor Rob MacDonald and as part of these sessions, Libys has coached some of our younger students. Libys is a great ambassador for the school and for the sport and was awarded the Martial Arts student of the year at last month's Sports Presentation evening.

“She is a credit to the school as she has not only engaged with sporting opportunities but also initiated charity work and sought to protect and encourage other young people. The confidence she has demonstrated in her sporting achievements is now reflected in all aspects of her life.”

Mr Heath, PE teacher at Wey Valley added ‘ Libys follows a number of students from the school who have received a sports scholarship grant. Many students go on to compete at regional, national and international level and we are pleased that the school can support these opportunities for our students.

Abbie Jolliffe

Since receiving the scholarship I have competed in senior national ranking tournaments in Devon and Wiltshire, junior ranking tournaments in Gloucestershire and Devon where I came runner up in the singles event. I also qualified for the u17 National Championships in Essex and I competed in all three disciplines.  I also travelled up to Nottingham with the u17 Dorset team (top 5 boys and girls in the squad) to compete in the Harrods Inter County Tournament where I was the no. 1 seeded female player for Dorset in singles and doubles. I have also this weekend just completed my Level 1 Badminton Coaching Qualification in Winchester.

My national ranking for England is currently 86 for woman’s singles, 148 for women’s doubles and 92 for women’s mixed.

I am currently training hard for the new season which begins in August. In addition to my normal badminton training, I am also working on my strength and conditioning with my personal trainer in Poole.

My aim for this season is to qualify for the u19 National Championships and to be ranked within the top 50 women in the country. My ambition is to represent England in international competitions.

I will always be very grateful for the support the school has continued to give me throughout my time at Wey Valley.

 

Rebecca Raybould

 

 

  

I joined the Wey Valley cycling club when I was in Year 9 and took part in after school Mountain & Road biking. Many of us in the club also competed in inter-school cycling events which I really enjoyed. During Year 10 the school introduced me to track cycling through a 10 week Course at Bournemouth Outdoor Velodrome. I really enjoyed these sessions and was soon asking my Mum to look for some more coaching sessions for me to go on during the summer holidays.  I took my first coaching sessions on an indoor track just before the Olympics and really loved it. 

My family booked tickets for me to go and watch the Track cycling at the Olympic velodrome which was a fantastic experience and it really inspired me to get into competitive cycling. I had joined Poole Wheelers cycling club which gave me opportunity to ride the track regularly.

I starting competing in November of 2012 at a weekly winter track league and really enjoyed the whole experience. My teachers at the school always took an interest in my cycling and were very encouraging and supportive towards me.

Sports staff applied for me to receive Bursaries to help me to buy kit I needed to help me progress and I have just been told that the school have decided to award me with a Sports scholarship to again help me  during my final year at school.

It is hard to juggle studies/homework with training and competing and I don’t get much time for anything else but the school has always been very supportive and offer additional help when they think I need it, and it makes it all worthwhile when everyone around you is so happy to help out.

This year I have competed in almost all the under 16 female National Road events. I qualified for the track national finals and finished overall 9th. I have also been selected to represent the South region in the inter regional track finals in Glasgow & inter regional mountain bike final at the Olympic venue which I am really looking forward to, as it will be my first time travelling to compete in an event as part of a team.

During my time at Wey Valley I have tried lots of different activities that I might not have ever done such as surfing /skiing/ adventure weekends including DOE & mountain biking trips and thanks to the school I have found something that I want to pursue and really love.

 

Matthew Mildon

I have found school life at Wey Valley a huge inspiration to stay encouraged and focused on my future goals. The school has always given me great confidence in my potential ability and consequently I have become more ambitious with my career pathways. 

The P.E staff have supported my studies and career direction and I continue to be grateful for their support. The Sports Scholarship Scheme has supported my cycling ambitions but more so, my confidence and experience to achieve greater results locally, regionally and nationally.

My achievements to date:

Cycle speedway British champion both Under 10 and Under 13

Cycle speedway British Team Champion – Under 16, Under 19’s and seniors

Invited to become a member of the Regional School of Racing Olympic Development Program

 Invited to be a member of the South Sainsbury School Games where my best achievement was 5th in the street sprint.

National Junior Series my best achievement was to reach 18th place out of 80 competitors, racing against top 80 national juniors within the British Isles.

What I would like to achieve:

My next goal is to gain A levels to support my future learning and career pathways. 

Within cycling, to continue to balance school life and my social wellbeing. To continue the rigid training prepared by my personal trainer who has taken over the role of my wonderful teachers who I have huge respect for.