Sports Round-Up (11 September – 15 October)

16 October 2023

Our sports teams have enjoyed a huge number of fixtures so far this term, travelling to and hosting schools across the county and beyond in several competitions, representing the school with pride.

As always, it’s been wonderful to see our new Year 7 pupils wearing the colours of Penryn College for the first time, competing and giving their all for the school in their opening fixtures, along with many students from other year groups.

Before the term got under way, pupils were provided with a fantastic platform for the year ahead thanks to our PE & Lifestyle team’s invaluable Pre-Season Training events, which always serve as vital preparation.

Check out some of the highlights from our fixtures so far this term!


Our first week of sports fixtures saw all of our Rugby teams in action across all year groups!

Penrice Academy and Plymouth College visited us for some fantastic games against our Year 8, 9 and 10 teams, with over 30 players in action from each year group, and a number playing their first-ever match.

Later that week, our Year 7 students took part in their first fixture for the school when they travelled to Penrice. They were also joined by our Year 9 and 11 teams, as part of another fantastic set of matches.

Most importantly, across the first week of fixtures, all players upheld the PE & Lifestyle department’s values: getting the basics right when it comes to manners, respect and empathy – the foundations of successful performances.


Our U16 and U13 Rugby teams took part in two fantastic tournaments earlier this month: the U16 County Rugby 10s Tournament in Newquay and the U13 County Rugby Festival, hosted by Penrice Academy.

The U16 team adapted well to the 10-a-side format of the Rugby 10s competition, demonstrating quick, attacking rugby and showing fantastic determination and resilience to compete against some challenging teams.

Indeed, the boys grew into the tournament as it progressed, finishing with a tightly-contested game against Penrice.

The moment of the tournament couldn’t be anything other than Hudson’s cross-field kick to set up Yusuf’s first try for Penryn College!

A great day out all round. Well done, boys!

Our U13 team competed well in the County Rugby Festival, enjoying a successful morning in the group phase, losing just one game and registering victories over Callington College, The Roseland Academy, and Sir James Smith’s School.

This meant that the squad was placed in the second pool of teams for the afternoon games, which involved some closely-fought matches against Redruth, Mounts Bay and Launceston.

Well done everyone!


Last week’s rugby fixtures were capped off with the U14 team winning their second round National Cup tie against Torquay Grammar School, registering a 14-10 victory on home soil.

One of the highlights of the match saw fly-half, Zephrin, who scored nine points, intercept an opposition pass and travel 60 metres, before demonstrating fantastic composure to select the right pass to his teammate, Brodie, who got over the try line and finished superbly.

Earlier that week, a completely different U14 team, along with an U12 and U13 team, travelled to Newquay Tretherras for fixtures – and back at Penryn College, two more U12 teams and another U13 team hosted Pool Academy.

Numbers for our after-school Girls’ Rugby sessions on Fridays continue to rise, which is fantastic to see.

Reflecting on participation in rugby for our Year 7 students, Head of U12 Rugby, Mr Bidgood, said: “56 different Year 7s have now represented the school in a game or after-school session. They have upheld the values we expect in our department and are great to work with.”

And Skills Coach, Mr Bowers, added: “The players are making huge progress with their skills and showing great commitment.”

This week, Tuesday will see Mount Kelly visit the school, with our U14s, U15s and U16s in action. On Wednesday, our U15s travel to Truro School for a County Cup fixture, and on Friday, we welcome Camborne for games against our U12s, U13s and U14s!


What an exciting start to the term it’s been for our netballers, with lots of fantastic fixtures in September and October!

Our Year 7 team have produced a host of wonderful performances and victories against Falmouth, Truro School, Camborne and Redruth – demonstrating fantastic togetherness after a short period of time.

All other year groups have also demonstrated their togetherness, developing the skills learned from games and training, producing some fantastic performances.


Our U15 team visited Truro School for the U15 County Netball Tournament earlier this month, finishing in second place out of 22 competing schools!

A narrow loss to Penair School in the final did not take away from what was a fantastic day, with the girls producing a tournament performance they should be hugely proud of!

Last month saw our Year 9 and 10 Netball teams and Year 10/11 Rugby teams travel to Somerset to face Wellington School.

All four teams represented Penryn College fantastically well and showcased some brilliant play within their sports.

Our PE & Lifestyle team noted that it was fantastic to see our students mixing with the Wellington players during lunch and dinner times.

A big thank you to Wellington School for the fantastic hospitality!


This week sees our Year 7-10 Netball teams in action against Richard Lander (away), before the U12s travel to Exeter for an exciting ‘Sisters in Sport’ fixture against The Maynard School on Friday!


It’s also been a busy and exciting start to the term for our footballers, with some fantastic results to boot!

Girls’ Football – National Cup

Our U12, U15 and U16 Girls’ teams progressed to the second round of the National Cup following fantastic victories over Pool, Hayle and Redruth, respectively.

All squads produced brilliant performances, and featured a number of Penryn College football debutants!

Despite an impressive performance, the U13 Girls’ team exited the competition following a loss to a strong Mounts Bay Academy side.

The second round of the competition starts this week!

Boys’ Football – National Cup

Our U12 and U13 Boys’ sides booked their places in the second round of the National Cup following impressive victories over Camborne and Redruth, respectively.

The U12 team enjoyed their first taste of National Cup football and highlighted their potential with a good 3-1 win against a spirited Camborne side. Special mention goes to Henry R, who put in a calm and commanding performance in defence.

A blistering first-half performance from the U13 team saw the boys take a healthy lead into half-time, with a first half hat-trick from Olly and a goal of the match from captain, Eli. That was before Harry added another goal in the second half.

Ed’s speed on the break, coupled with his composure and selflessness when squaring the ball to Olly for the opening goal, earned him the Player of the Match award.

The U15 and U16 Boys’ teams exited the National Cup following losses to Redruth and Camborne, respectively. Both sides produced some impressive football, with standout performances from U15 goalkeeper, Jake B, and U16 captain, Riley H.


An exciting week for our Girls’ Football teams this week, with our U16s and U15s in National Cup action against Truro High School and Wadebridge School, respectively.

It’s a big week for our U14 Boys’ team too, as they welcome Mounts Bay Academy to the school for a National Cup fixture!


Last week saw our U14 Girls’ Hockey team produce a number of fantastic performances and finish as runners-up in the U14 County Hockey Tournament.

This means the team have now progressed to the Regional Tournament at Clifton College, Bristol, in November!

Great job, girls!


This week, our U16 Hockey team travel to Penair School for what promises to be an entertaining County Tournament!

Cross Country Running

County Cross Country Cup

Last week, our PE & Lifestyle team took five teams to Newquay Tretherras for the Cornwall/Devon round of the Cross Country Cup!

This is a team competition where athletes score points based on their finishing position – with the competitor in first place earning one point, the second-placed competitor earning two points, and so on. The team with the lowest score wins.

Last year, our Junior Boys’ team (Year 7 and 8) and Inter Boys’ team (Year 9 and 10) won this competition – so the runners were determined to retain those titles!

Junior Teams

Our Junior Girls’ team finished in a fantastic second place overall, led by Tilly (Year 8) who placed fourth out of the 60 runners.

Our Junior Boys’ team successfully retained the title and placed first – with all six runners finishing in the top 23, highlighting the strength in depth. Matty (Year 8) and Ethan (Year 7) placed fourth and fifth.

Intermediate Teams

Our Intermediate Girls’ team (Year 9 and 10) finished in fifth place in what was a really high standard field of competitors. Girls’ captain, Megan (Year 10) placed fifth.

Our Intermediate Boys’ team (Year 9 and 10) also managed to successfully retain their title and were crowned champions. Some gutsy runs from all the boys saw Josh (Year 9), Sam (Year 10), and Ed (Year 9) all place in the top 10 runners.

Senior Boys’ Team

After last year’s success, our Year 11 Performance Sport team entered into the Senior Boys’ Competition – for school years 11, 12 and 13, including sixth forms and post-16 colleges.

Entering a team for this age group was a first for Penryn College. Five of the six Penryn College athletes finished inside the top 10 runners for this race, meaning that they placed first as a team!

All three Boys’ teams that were crowned champions, plus the Junior Girls’ team who finished as runners-up, will advance to the Regional Finals, which will be held in Taunton in November!

A big well done to all runners and teams who competed!

Training and Competitions

Cross Country training resumes on Wednesdays after school with Mr Nancarrow, and House Cross Country competitions will be taking place PE in the coming weeks to aid the selection process for the Regional teams.