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VPPS Sports Reports

Our sports reports have now moved to the full school newsletter. Here is a selection of sports reports from the archive...

Football (13th March update)

The girls’ football tournament started off well for VPPS with four games, three wins and one loss. But more importantly, nine players who showed great cooperation, determination and a growth mindset. Great goals from Shya, Megan & Maha, strong defence from Nyah & Connie, with Helena in goal meant that we only gave away a few points. Kara, Brieya and Lilly-Mae completed the team showing their flexibility in any position. We are looking forward to two more weeks of exciting football. Thank you to all the supporters who helped with lifts and cheering.


Netball (13th March update)

The VPPS Netball team had their very first match on Monday against Oasis Academy Connaught. There were lots of excitement and nerves as, for most of our pupils, this was their first game. As soon as the whistle blew, our players threw themselves into the game and showed a brilliant growth mindset. There were some stand out performances from Sonia, who stuck like glue to her opposite player, and sharp-shooting Jess, who drove the team forward as our most experienced player. Well done VPPS - there will be more matches coming soon.


Hockey (13th March update)

Congratulations to the Year 5/6 “quicksticks” hockey teams who represented the school on Tuesday 10th March. Our B-team turned up to the annual hockey festival full of energy and ready to go. Although not everyone was sure of the rules they were all keen to master them by the end of the morning. The team played their first game very timidly and took a while to grasp the concept of the game but after four games and a team-talk, they were raring to play again. Captain Ella Wilson declared - ‘’It was so fun!!’’ Everyone in the team hopes to come back next year. Our A-team remained unbeaten in all eight high-scoring matches until the final against Headley Park where they narrowly lost 2-1. The team have now been invited to represent the school at the County finals next term. Sonny stated, "This is the best day ever." Well done to both teams who played with determination, reliance and increasing confidence showing true Victoria Park values - we are incredibly proud of you.


Football (6th March update)  Last week, the two Year 3/4 teams enjoyed another week of football at the last session of the Ashton Park Sports Partnership tournament. Mrs Casling and Mr Kellow’s instructions were to try their best, be proud of their performance and give 100% to every match, which every player did. The emerging squad started the games with a very positive attitude. The team were very impressive all afternoon, showing they could challenge any team in the tournament. Although some of the results didn’t go our way, the players all expressed how much they enjoyed the games and were very keen to tell each other how well they did. There were some stand out performances from Thomas (whose weaving and dribbling skills were a pleasure to watch) and Aiden (who fearlessly tackled players twice his size!). In the league, there was sharp shooting from Shya, Ellis and Ludo plus devilish defending from Oscar Khalid and Jack. In addition, Ralphie and Suleyman showed they have the skills to play in a range of positions, and Oscar played each game with never ending energy and confidence. The squad only lost one game to maintain their impressive record. We are currently waiting to see if both team has qualified for the playoffs and fingers crossed and watch this space. Thank you to all the supporters and helpers - you've helped make this a fantastic tournament.


Football - On 6th February, VPPS Year 3/4 football tournament started with a positive attitude, determination and a new kit for the league team courtesy of SH Clothing.  This year we took two teams so that we could play in the league (7 a side) and the emerging tournament (6 a side).  The league team performed with skill, increasing confidence and fantastic team work resulting in 2 wins and 2 draws.  Ellis and Ludo both scored cracking goals, with a number of assists from the very reliable Oscar and Shya. With Oscar defending and Jack in goal, they ensured that the opposition only scored once. Ralphie, Khalif and Suleyman all grew in confidence and improved in each match. On the smaller pitches, the emerging team showed off their multiskills by rotating their goalie so that Thomas, Arlo and Charlie all played on the pitch and in goal. The ever cheerful Shazil ensured that team spirits were high whilst Louis, Jayden, Aiden and Weiland proved that they can attack and defend with increasing confidence in such a fast paced and challenging game. We're all looking forward to the next exciting games on the 13th and 27th of February. Well done VPPS. Thank you to all the supporters who helped with lifts and cheered from the sidelines. Your support is so important. Please keep the kit until the end of the tournament and then wash it and return it to the PE Team.





Well done to the two year 5/6 football teams who have played with determination and resilience over the last two weeks. We have seen skills, confidence and teamwork improve in both teams.  Archie (captain of the A team) reported "The first week was not for us as we were defeated in the first match, drew in the second but lost in the last game. However, in the second week we improved our attitude and teamwork resulting in a 1-1 draw in one of our hardest fought matches. We are proud of our performance and how we progressed as a team. Goals were scored by Harley and Malick.”  Zakariya (top goal scorer from the B team) commented “We improved in the second week scoring five goals with an amazing free kick from Zubeer.”  Well done to the pupils for their excellent sporting attitudes, and good luck to the two Year 3/4 teams who started their tournament this week.




An enthusiastic, determined and excited dodgeball team dominated the recent tournament with an undefeated record until the last match. We saw amazing catches, powerful throws and skilful dodging by our team of 4 girls and 4 boys; Fatima, Wiki, Lexie, Lauren and Thomas, Barley, Ashton and Zed. Their hard work and fantastic teamwork paid off with a well-deserved second place - silver medals all round!  Well done Team VPPS. 



Year 3/4 Sports hall athletics

On Thursday 12th December our year 3 & 4 sports hall athletics team competed at Bridge Learning Campus. To say that Mr Kellow and Mrs Casling were over the moon with what they achieved would be an understatement. The year 3 & 4 students – most of whom had never competed before – performed at an elite level across all the events, especially the speed bounce and the running races. Samuel managed to beat his personal best TWICE, and Eve took the running races by storm. After an energy zapping evening, the VPPS team came in second place overall! Everyone who took part should be so proud of themselves. We all agreed to come back next year to try for the gold medal. Thank you to all the parents and carers who helped with lifts and supported our athletes. We couldn’t do it without you. GO VPPS!


Friday 6th December update...

Sports Hall Athletics - Sometimes you go along to a sporting event knowing that the competition will be tough. You don't go to win but you do go to compete. Last Thursday, twenty competitive, bouncy, enthusiastic and fun loving athletes from Years 5 and 6 competed in the sports hall athletics competition at Ashton Park School. They all took part in two field events ranging from chest throw, javelin, vertical jump, standing long jump, triple jump and our favourite event – speed bounce! Next followed some very fast track races including a tricky obstacle race, over/under race, and a range of relays. Each child competed in three or four events in total. We may not have won but we had the best support from parents, the most resilient and determined team and children who kept asking what they were doing next because they wanted to compete again and again. It makes us so proud to hear children say, "I just want to compete for Victoria Park" and "When is the next event? Can I be in the team?"

Basketball - Year 5/6 basketball team started strongly in the King of the Court competition winning 3-1. Luke was captain this week and commented with Malick that "We were good a creating space but we need to get better at defending."  Beya also noted that each player needed to remember who they had decided to mark.  After the second win of 4-2 with some sharp shooting from Archie, Callum, Luke and Beya, Connie noted that we need to get back quickly after scoring. Our third game ended in a 2-2 draw which led to a nail-biting shoot-out for the golden basket. Only Archie and Callum had to shoot and we were successfully through to the final. Unfortunately, following a spirited game, we lost 1-0. The team played over 4 weeks and showed such improvement in both skills and confidence. Thank you to the parents for helping with lifts. Well done VPPS Basketball team - you did us and yourselves proud.

Cross Country - A huge well done to Kara Morgan and Felix Parfitt who represented South Bristol in the County Cross Country event on Sat 23rd November after successfully getting through a previous round. A tough, wet and very muddy course but a great result. Well done.


Tuesday 26th November 2019 - Basketball

In the third week of the APSP basketball tournament, VPPS got off to a slow start with a 6-1 loss. After the game there was plenty of feedback from the players to help the team improve. From the side, Constance noticed we needed to mark more and Luke commented that the team needed to be more positive towards each other. After a further team talk, the team won their first match of the evening 3-0. Despite the team not getting all of the results they wanted, they still showed some brilliant resilience and finished off with a 2-1 win. Well done VPPS and thank you to all the parents that helped with lifts.


Tuesday 19th November 2019 - Basketball

Under a new captain, VPPS Year 5/6 basketball team took to the court for five more matches. Captain Callum and Finley started well with sharp shooting for a win. Connie, who defended and attacked with increasing confidence, commented "We've improved our passing this week but we need to mark their players more." After two losses, Mr Kellow gave a team talk and reminded them that it's a player for player sport and to pick and mark someone. The team won the next match and Finley remarked, "We were good at finding space." In the final game Beya scored an amazing basket, then super sub Callum scored a last minute basket for a draw. Well done VPPS - you continue to make us very proud. 


Tuesday 12th November 2019 - Basketball

The VPPS basketball team enjoyed their first week at the Ashton Park Sports Partnership tournament where over 30 other primary schools competed. Captain Malakai praised the team for their first tournament where they won 1, drew 1 and lost 2 - but never lost their team spirit and enthusiasm! Malick reflected "Good marking but we need to get better at shooting." Archie commented "We did really well at creating space and accurate passing." Beya suggested that the team need to pass to everyone and try to shoot. Callum and Luke both agreed that they had fun, improved in each game but would practise at home and in school before next week.  What an excellent attitude from all players!



Monday 11th November 2019 - CST Football

This week VPPS took part in the first of this year’s CST football friendlies. It was an excellent chance for all the schools involved to get back into football after the 6 week holiday. The team competed in three fifteen-minute games where they played Headley Park Primary School, Cathedral Primary School and Stoke Park Primary School. The team did exceptionally well to win their games against Headley Park and Cathedral and draw 1-1 to Stoke Park. Well done for a great start and huge thanks to Headley Park for hosting us.


21st October 2019 - Tag Rugby

Following umpteen cancellations due to wet weather, the Year 5/6 tag rugby team were out in force playing their final matches. They all showed a positive attitude and worked exceptionally well as a team. Phoebe scored her first try of the tournament whilst Archie and Dylan continued as the top try scorers. Malick and Amar ran forwards with confidence - as instructed by Phoebe's dad - whilst Felix, Otto and Helena defended, attacked and supported with determination and skill. Thank you to the parents who came to support. 


17th October 2019 - Swimming gala

Fourteen motivated children from year 5 and 6 had a fun morning competing in a primary school swimming gala held at Hengrove leisure centre. The event was split into shallow and deep races with the emphasis on inclusion, having the opportunity to compete in swimming and doing our best. Each child pushed themselves and swam in at least one individual and one team event. Stand out performances came from Winnie and Albert who swam the long 50m freestyle, resulting in a silver for Albert. Plus the boys’ freestyle relay team also achieved a silver with Albert swimming the first and last leg. A great day was had by all. Thank you to the supporters who came to watch and to Headley Park for lending us their minibus. 


7th October 2019 - Tag Rugby

Well done to the tag rugby team who have played their first competitive round of the Ashton Park Sports Partnership tournament after a few weeks of rain forcing the event to be cancelled.  The team fought valiantly all evening, playing four tough, high-tempo games. The team won one of their games and are keen to come back on Monday for their last outing and better their performance.  What a brilliant attitude our tag rugby players have! Thank you as always to any parent helpers who cheered the team on and helped with transport.


2nd October 2019 - House Cross Country

On the only dry day of the week, every pupil from Victoria Park Primary School took part in our annual cross country house competition. Everyone showed the school values of determination, respect, kindness and cooperation as they ran, skipped and walked around the various courses. Years 4, 5 & 6 tackled and beat the 'hill of power' to discover a sense of pride and inner strength. Years 1, 2 and 3 learnt that when spectators cheered loudly, their muscles and legs worked harder. Our newly arrived Reception children joined in with their first event and raced around the course with ease. Thank you to all the staff and spectators who cheered, encouraged and helped to create a fantastic atmosphere and inspire the children to do their very best and not give up.  House points were awarded for the front runners in each group – this year’s winning house was More! Congratulations to all the pupils.

17th September 2019

VPPS Year 5/6 tag rugby team enjoyed a taster session at Broadplain Rugby Club before the start of the tournament next week. They all showed great determination with marvellous Malik defending like a professional. Fantastic sidestepping and swerving skills were demonstrated by Felix, Archie and Dylan and super speedy Finley scored a number of tries. Thank you to all the supporters  - roll on next week!


Friday 8th February 2019 - Year 5 Swimming Gala


A very excited Year 5 took part in the annual House Swimming Gala on Friday 8th February at Bristol South pool. It was fantastic to see so many parents cheering on from the viewing gallery as all the children showed true Victoria Park determination in all their races. The children demonstrated all that they have learnt during their swimming lessons over the past 2 years and had great fun in the process. Overall Stevenson house came out on top just stealing top spot from Campbell house with Aardman third and More house fourth place. Huge well done to all the children!



Wednesday 10th October 2018 - VPPS House Cross Country


On Wednesday 10th October, we hosted our inter-house Cross Country event.  This was our first inter-house event of the year, and it was one to remember!  Every class from Reception through to Year 6 channelled their inner Mo Farrah in an impressive display of determination and perseverance.  The morning races showcased some exceptional performances from the younger half of the school.  In the afternoon years 4 to 6 ran with equal gusto, including our new challenging uphill section on the Year 5 and 6 track.  House points were awarded for first, second and third places with the following results:


* First place – Stephenson (69 points)

* Second place – More (61 points)

* Third place – Aardman (56 points)

* Fourth place – Campbell (51 points)


Congratulations to everybody on a sterling effort. We can’t wait for the next inter-house event.




Broadplain Rugby Club was the venue for the 2018 VPPS Sports Day,unlike the previous years wash out, the sun was shining!!! Following lots of careful planning and preparation by Team P.E, hundreds of excited Reception, Year 1,2 and 3 children began a morning of sporting fun and games. Cheered on by a large crowd the children took part in a number of field events such as the obstacle race, the ever classic egg and spoon race and the sack race before embarking on the sprint races. With the sun still gleaming, Years 4,5 and for the last time our Year 6's arrived in the afternoon for their turn. Competing in events such as the space hopper race, relay race, standing long jump and then the sprint races and there was lots of fun had by all. It was lovely to see all the children showing our school values through-out the day and really demonstrating a growth mindset but overall competing with smiles on their faces! Huge thank you to all the teachers, TA's, Year 6 helpers and our Ashton Park School Year 10 helpers for their hard work on the day. Furthermore, thank you to all parents and families that turned out to make the day so special for the children and the school. After totting up all the scores, the overall winners of Sports day 2018 were More house, 2nd were Campbell house, 3rd were Aardman house, with Stevenson house finishing 4th. Huge thank you and well done to everyone. Go VPPS!!!


Year 5 Bikeability Level 2 Training


22 of our Year 5 children spent the week successfully completing their Level 2 Bikeability cycle training with Bristol City Council. Huge well done to all the children who have picked up some valuable skills such as recognising typical road hazards, hand signalling and passing parked vehicles and side roads safely among others. For more information about Bikeablity sessions you can contact the Bristol Family Cycling Centre on

Bikeability Level with Year 3!

Level 1 Bikeability Training for Year 3

Year 3 took the opportunity to take part in Bikeability Level 1 training sessions over the past 2 weeks. They children have had great fun and learnt some valuable cycling skills. The purpose of these sessions was to prepare the children with some basic cycling skills such as getting on and off your bike without help, stopping with control, using gears and avoiding objects and how to share space with pedestrians and other cyclists. For more information about Bikeablity sessions you can contact the Bristol Family Cycling Centre on

Beth Tucker 

On Monday 21st January we were lucky enough to have a visitor, Beth Tucker, who is a local para athlete and is part of England Athletics Futures Programme, She gave an inspirational assembly focussing on determination and staying positive. Later Beth was quizzed by sports leaders and other children from year 5who asked her many questions. Barley asked “What was your most challenging race?” Beth shared that it was at the Olympic Stadium in 2018 when she face planted at the end of a race in front of ten thousand people. Z asked “Which sport would you choose if you couldn’t run?” Beth delighted the children by answering football. Joseph asked if Beth felt that she would one day go to the Olympics. Beth explained that she was earmarked for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. We wish Beth lots of luck in her training and future competitions and will avidly follow her progress.



On Thursday 17th January Year 4 were treated to a cricket session courtesy of Crispin at Wicketz. They were taught ground fielding, throwing and catching and finished with a game of caterpillar cricket. Hamza said “ I learnt the skills of long barrier to stop the ball.” Varshine exclaimed that she liked playing caterpillar cricket. Megan stated “I surprised myself by being able to hit the ball after only one lesson.” A huge thanks to Crispin for a fun filled session – we hope to see you again soon. Wicketz is a free local cricket club – all details can be found on the attached flyer.



Year 5 enjoyed an afternoon of yoga with Karina, a local yoga teacher. They completed a fun warm up, followed by learning a range of yoga poses and mini routine which they had fun teaching each other including Mrs Casling. The lesson was finished with a short mindfulness session. Thank you Karina for stretching us – we hope that you can come back soon.

A silver medal for our Dodgeballers!!!

Wednesday 16th January 2019 - Year 5/6 Dodgeball Festival


An enthusiastic and talented Year 5/6 dodgeball team played with increasing skills and determination to secure second place in the Ashton Park Sports Partnership dodgeball tournament. Thomas Ellis ‘last man standing’ read the court like a professional whilst Fatima ‘ safe hands’ caught out many of the opposition to help secure multiple wins. Harrison and Thomas from Year 5 played the games with increasing confidence, while Roxy and Luke from Year 6 showed that determination and team work plays off. The legendary dodgeball team played and won their nail biting semi- final game but narrowly lost in the final to secure silver medals. Well done VPPS dodgeball team, we are so proud of your resilience, team work and positive attitude.


Year 5/6 at the 10th annual London chess classic!!

Thursday 13th December 2018 - Year 5/6 London Chess Classic


On Thursday, 14 excited Year 5 and 6 headed to London for the 10th annual London Classic. They had a fun filled day where they got to meet real Grandmasters (and get autographs), be coached by chess pros and even play themselves in a chess competition with over 450 children competing. All the children were a credit to the school, demonstrating respect, kindness and determination throughout the day. Well done!

Wednesday 4th December 2018 - Year 5/6 Basketball league (Finals Week)


An enthusiastic, determined and slightly nervous Year 5/6 basketball team made VPPS history finishing joint third in the Ashton Park Sports Partnership tournament. Previously undefeated, the team of Layla, Roxy, Abraham, Crishawn, Arnold, Harry, Ziggy, Jacob and Malakai won their first 3 games in a row only losing in the final game. There followed a nail biting shoot out (which they won in a tense sudden death finale) for a place in the semi final. Unfortunately they conceded 1 hoop resulting in third place overall. We are so so proud of the whole team. Also a huge thank you to all the parents for helping with lifts and coming to support the team. Well done everyone.


Wednesday 28th November 2019 - 5/6 Basketball league (Week 2)


I am pleased to announce that the VPPS year 5/6 basketball team are still unbeaten. VPPS has now gone 3 weeks, playing 12 games in total unbeaten. We are so proud of the whole team but we would like to mention a couple of special performances. The resilient Malakai Davis who has worked his socks off every game so far managed to get his first hoop and it was worth waiting for. Also Arnold once again turning heads with his long distance pot shots that seemed to always go in. Let’s hope that the unbeaten run continues into next week where we hope to complete in the finials. Well done VPPS and as always thank you to all the parents who helped with lifts and came along to support. We couldn’t do it without you.

Wednesday 14th November - Year 5/6 Basketball League


On Thursday VPPS basketball team continued their unbeaten record with an outstanding 4 wins and 1 draw. A newly recruited Jacob showed his amazing dribbling, shooting and defending skills, while Malakai's confidence and skills increased in every match. Sharp shooting Layla used her netball skills to score a hat trick of hoops while Chrishawn continued to dominate in both attack and defence. The whole team are being rested next week in preparation for their final games on the 28th November when,  we hope, to progress to the final on the 5th December. Watch this space.


Thursday 18th October 2018 - Year 5/6 Swimming Gala


On the 18th of October, we took part in this year's Ashton Park Sports Partnership swimming gala at Hengrove Leisure Centre. The whole day was a fantastic occasion for all who competed. Eli Roy played a key role in the winning relay team and Taylor- Lou Betty put her all into every race. A huge thank you to all parents that helped out and came to support our athletes in the viewing gallery. Well done VPPS - onwards and upwards!

Monday 8th October 2018 - 5/6 Tag Rugby League (Week 3)


The third and final week of the Year 5/6 Tag Rugby league arrived and Team VPPS approached their matches with confidence. This week proved harder for the team, who had to dig deep and demonstrate lots of determination. After two tough opening games against St Peters and Christchurch the team flew out the traps with two brilliant victories against our CST friends from Cathedral Primary. A huge well done to all the players who took part over the three weeks. They can be proud of their efforts, attitude and achievements and have represented Vicky Park superbly. Finally, an extra special thank you to all the parents who came to show their support from the touch line. Well done!!



Monday 1st October 2018 - 5/6 Tag Rugby League (Week 2)


Team VPPS headed back to Broadplain for a victorious second week in the Tag Rugby league. The team began with some quick fire passing and moving warm ups to get them ready for 4 tough matches. They showed a tremendous attitude and this was demonstrated on the pitch with a fantastic 5-1 victory against Perry Court, followed by a thumping 7-2 win, a 5-5 draw and a narrow defeat in their final match. All the players can be very proud of their effort, teamwork and growth mindsets. Congratulations!

Monday 24th September 2018 - 5/6 Tag Rugby League


Team VPPS headed to Broadplain Rugby club for the first week of the Year 5/6 Tag Rugby League. The team were in good spirits and following an intense warm up and some passing practice, they took part in 4 matches. Following a tough start in their first two matches against Greenfield and Perry Court, the team picked up two brilliant and entertaining results against Ilminster Avenue and Parson Street. There were some tremendous stand out performances from the tough-tackling Chrishawn and the ever-running Isabelle. Overall a great first week. Go VPPS!!

Congratulations to our Year 3/4 boys Cross Country team on their silver medal!!

Cross Country - Wednesday 19th September


On Wednesday some of our students took part in a 1100m cross county race.

We took a team of year 4 girls, year 4 boys, year 5 boys and year 6 boys. Everyone that raced ran  incredibly well and did us all proud. Some shout outs to our whole year 4 boys team who placed 2nd as a team collecting silver and Felix from the year 4 team who placed 3rd out of over 80 competitors, collecting an individual bronze medal. Also Ziggy- who as a year 6 took it upon himself to give the younger year 4s some tactics before they raced. A huge thank you to all the parents who gave up their spare time on Wednesday to help with lifts and supporting our runners, we couldn’t do it without you. Well done team VPPS.

Girls Tag Rugby - Friday 14th September 2018


Well done to all the girls at VPPS who took part in the girls’ tag rugby tournament on Friday 14th September. Despite the cold and wet conditions, the team did not fail to ignite the pitch with hard work and determination. Star performances came from the brutal Brooke - who took no prisoners when it came to tagging - and also Milla who gave the spectators something to clap with her invading runs towards the opposing try line. Overall, a great display from everyone who played - you’ve done VPPS proud. Well done!

VPPS Sporting Year 2018-2019