Prior to lockdown, the pupils from Hunter Hall were enjoying a very successful year on the sports fields. An impressive total of ten pupils (from years five and six) were selected to represent the District of Cumbria, across a range of sports: badminton, x-country, cricket and hockey.  Several pupils represented their county in more than one sport.

Director of Sport Andrew Hetherington said, “For a small rural school like ours, this is major achievement. We are extremely proud of our pupils. Their attitude to learning is impressive, as is their commitment to practice, both in and out of school”. COVID-19 has put a stop to many sporting events, so it is no surprise that for some of these pupils, they have missed out on representing their county this year. Despite this disappointment, their achievements warrant great praise.

COUNTY HONOURS- Callum Lloyd (badminton), Stefan Carp (cricket), Louis Simpson (cricket), Matilda Harling (cricket), Lucy Hetherington (cricket), Lucy Harnwell (cricket), Matilda Harling (x-country), Lucy Hetherington (x-country), Piers Sweeney (x-country), Casey Briscoe (x-country), Matthew Hetherington (x-country), Lucy Hetherington (hockey).

DISTRICT HONOURS- Matthew Hetherington (cricket), Jonty Reay (cricket)

In addition to benefitting from a full programme of school sport at Hunter Hall, all the pupils in question represent local clubs.

“We are very lucky in the Eden Valley to have such a wide range of sporting clubs available. There will be a lot of young children at present, who are missing their weekly training sessions. The opportunities to develop sporting skills, meet friends, have fun and compete, provided by these clubs are priceless. They will no doubt be hugely missed. The clubs to which our county representatives would like to express thanks include the following: Eden Runners, Penrith C. C., Penrith Hockey Club, Temple Sowerby C.C. & Penrith Badminton Club.

The sporting void in our weekly calendars will be felt by many. This uncertain time provides us all with a chance to reflect and appreciate the work of all the volunteers in our sporting communities.  We miss them all, perhaps the best way to thank them is to keep active at home.

Andrew Hetherington
Director of Sport