PE and School Sport at The Minster

Sports funding breeds success

The Minster Junior School has a proud tradition of excelling at Sport and celebrating our children’s sporting talents. Our 2016/17 school year has been our most successful year to date.  We were the champions of Croydon at tag-rugby, boy’s football and Quadkids athletics. We achieved a bronze medal in the London Youth Games in the boys' football, losing on penalties in the semi-finals. This is the best any Croydon football team has done for the past 50 years. We also won the boys' and girls' football leagues, as well as the Croydon Cup in the boys' football. Our athletics team performed magnificently, winning the boys' cup and breaking a 34-year-old boys' relay record. In October 2017 we achieved a Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Mark for giving our children so many different opportunities to participate in a range of sports.

We compete in a large variety of sports including football, tag-rugby, athletics, gymnastics, basketball, etc. We believe that sport allows children to enrich their lives by allowing them to achieve and develop their sporting abilities as well as academically.

Our excellent Sports Hall boasts some fantastic facilities to help give our teachers the foundations to teach engaging, high quality PE lessons. The hall has 4 height-adjustable basketball hoops, a large court for basketball, football, hockey and handball, 3 smaller courts for tennis, badminton and volleyball. Our Sports Hall has hosted Croydon Sports Partnership CPD courses and has been considered as the best sports hall for a Croydon primary school.  

Our Sports Premium is spent wisely to help ensure PE and Sport at the Minster Junior School has the equipment needed to make PE accessible to all ages. Throughout the year, our sports clubs/teams consisted of 34% Pupil Premium children in total. This is a percentage we want to increase next year because we aim to give all children the opportunity to participate in a range of sports, to help encourage and develop physical and social skills, such as teamwork and co-operation, as well supporting gifted and talented children. 

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Some Sporting Successes at the Minster:

January 2018: Girls' football team win all their matches in the Crystal Palace Primary Stars competition

March 2017: Boys' football team win Croydon Cup for the first time since 1907

March 2017: Boys' football team reach finals of London Youth Games and gain bronze medal; best perfomance by a Croydon team for 40 years

March 2017: Tag rugby team comes 10th out of 33 boroughs at London Youth Games

June 2017: Boys win the athletics cup and handicap cup at Croydon Arena, aswell as breaking relay record held for 33 years


A selection of match reports:

Our boys' football team have won the Croydon Cup for the first time since 1907. 

Many parents, families and teachers turned up to cheer them on in the evening sunshine at Royal Russell School.

It was a hard fought match against St James the Great School, with Minster taking a 2-0 lead. However, a second-half fightback saw the opposition pull two goals back. It was a nail-biting end to the game, with Minster going close to sealing victory with a number of close chances, but also saving the game at the other end with some last-ditch defending and goalkeeping.

We were spared the indignity of a penalty shootout, and the Cup was shared between both schools.

The schools' names will both be engraved on the the winner's cup and the runner's up trophy. Minster won the toss to display the cup first, which will take pride on our ever-increasing traophy table. The boys were also proud to show off their medals.

It was also nice to see both teams sportingly applauding one another and shaking hands at the end. Well done!

The London Youth Games

Our boys' football team were also in action at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in the London Youth Games. 33 London boroughs were represented by the best team in the borough, with Minster obviously representing Croydon.

Our team went 8 games without conceding a single goal in open play, but sadly lost in a penalty shoot out in the semi-finals. Achieving a bronze medal however, was still the best a Croydon team has done for 40 years!

The Tag Rugby team also competed, and came 10th out of the 33 boroughs, which was also an amazing effort considering some of the boys competing were also in the football team, and would have been exhausted from the previous day's exploits!

A big thank you has to go out to coach Mr Davies, ably supported by Mr Saunders. Our sporting achievements are no mean feat, considering our limited facilities.


Minster Wins Boys' Cup for Second Year Running

We had another exciting evening at Croydon Arena in the Mediterranean heat on Wednesday! Despite temperatures of 32 degrees celsius, our athletic superstars treated us to another mammoth performance.

Not only did our boys win the cup, AND the handicap cup, but also they broke the record for the fastest relay time held in Croydon since 1984! The new time to beat is 54.98 seconds! Emmanuel won the 800 metres with a dogged performance, refusing to let the second-placed boy past him in a nail-biting final lap.

There were amazing performances also by Zitelu in Year 3, Henry in Year 6 and Sy'ria in Year 4 who came 1st in their individual running events.

Well done to the whole team: Henry, Andre, Raph, Emmanuel, Chidi, Sy'ria, Praise, Zitelu, Hollie, Onyinye, Dunsin, Michael, Temora, Zino, Deborah, Gibril and Sarai.