Saturday was a particularly busy day at Ellesmere College when the Headmaster, Academy Directors and their teams welcomed over 70 families from all over the country to the School's first Academy Day.
The event began in the School's Arts Centre with Brendan Wignall, Headmaster, welcoming everyone and giving a presentation about the history of the School that included an overview of what has been achieved by Ellesmere College during the last few years to facilitate the development of young sporting talent, combining this with educational studies and all achieved during the academic year.
Families were then directed to different parts of the School, including the Sports Hall, where they were able to meet the Academy Directors, visit the sports' facilities and learn about all that is on offer at Ellesmere College. Cricket and Rugby training sessions were also given.
Visiting families were then able to enjoy lunch in the School's Dining Hall before a group of existing pupils, who had given up time during a leave weekend, gave guided tours. The event finished with refreshments being served in the School's impressive Big School when there was the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with the Headmaster and Academy Directors.
The School had also invited Glamorgan cricketer, Adam Shantry and Olympic swimmer, Darren Mew to meet the visiting young sports people and both sportsmen emphasized the importance of dedication and focus with training schedules.
Paul Goodwin, Director of the already successful Rugby Academy commented, 'We are delighted with the response we received for our first Academy Day which more than exceeded expectations. We now look forward to exploring ways the School can help secure places for our sports-talented young visitors.'
26th January 2009
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