Kirkham Grammar School

Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School

Kirkham Grammar School Content Area

Isle of Man Annual Sports Tour



On Friday 2 February, twenty five J4 pupils, accompanied by Mrs Farquharson, Mr Brookes and Mr Oddie met at KGJS to embark on their annual sports tour to the beautiful Isle of Man. After a 24 minute flight over the Irish Sea, they reached their destination. On day one the J4s played Football and Netball against The Buchan School which was a fantastic start to the tour. In the evening, they went to the swimming pool and experienced flying down the slides and swimming against the rapids. Day two involved Rugby against Ramsey Rugby Club U11s and Hockey against King William’s College U12s. Both matches were very competitive and were played in a fantastic spirit. In the afternoon they visited Castletown and took part in a quiz about the Isle of Man. The evening entertainment was a visit to Laser Blast in which all of the pupils and staff took part! Day three started off with a KGJS J4 World Cup Hockey Tournament and Australia won! The final fixtures of the tour were against the IoM Rugby and Hockey teams and yet again these matches were played in a fantastic spirit. During the tour the children were well supported by the largest ever contingent of Kirkham parents who made the journey over the water. This is a good opportunity to thank the following families/companies who sponsored the tour kit, which enabled the group to look extremely smart in matching coats, hoodies, t-shirts, beanies and tour bags:

BM Furniture (Margerison)

Caffè Dolce (Barber)

Napthens Solicitors (Allison)

Firth Architects (Firth)

Choice Hotels (Kollard)

BMW Bowker (Bowker)

FAB Home Interiors (Jones)

TNT Fireworks (Ribchester)

UK Acoustic System (Wilkins)

Whittaker Stott Packaging (Stott)

All the pupils and staff really appreciate your generosity.

The full set of results were as follows:

Netball v Buchan School lost 16-12

Football v Buchan School A team lost 4-3 / B team lost 4-1

Rugby v Ramsey won 45-15

Hockey v KWC U12s lost 8-5

Rugby v IOM lost 15-10

Hockey v IOM won 5-2.

We are very grateful to Ramsey Rugby Club and the Isle of Man Hockey and Rugby Teams for their involvement. Finally, we would like to thank everyone at King Williams College and The Buchan School for their hospitality and organisation in making this a fantastic tour which our pupils will never forget. Thank you to the parents who kindly presented Mr Oddie, Mrs Farquharson and Mr Brookes with a gift for taking their children to the IoM. It is very much appreciated...just doing their jobs!