Bradford Dragon Boat Festival


Success continues for the Academy's 'Dragon boaters' after taking part in the 3rd annual Bradford Dragon Boat Festival in Roberts Park, Saltaire.  Approximately 450 young people from schools and youth organisations across the district, competed in the sunshine in a battle to be crowned Bradford Dragon Boat Festival Youth Champions.  Appleton's team was made up of 15 paddlers and a drummer and included students from Years 9, 10 and Post 16.  Having previously been very successful at the Bradford Dragon Boat festival, taking home 1st place each time, the new team were under a lot of pressure to perform and secure a win for the third year in a row.  The team attended three training sessions in what amounted to a total of 7 hours’ worth of training at Doe Park Water Activities in Denholme.  It was evident from the first training session that we had selected a strong team, despite some students having never paddled before.

The first race of the day left a lot to be desired with a time of 1.31.14, which meant that the Appleton Academy Crusaders were bumped into 4th place after a series of reasonably fast races from some of the other teams.  Race number two proved to be our race, with Appleton Academy knocking a huge 16 seconds off their first time and producing the fastest time of the day with an astonishing 1.15.02.  Securing the fastest time of the day by 6 seconds saw us automatically through to the grand final against Hanson KS4 Pirates and Team Oastlers.  With the championship title well within their grasp, the team were focused and feeling good about the final.  The team got off to a flying start, with long powerful strokes and impeccable timing for the majority of the race. When Appleton Academy Crusaders crossed the line a full boat length in front of the other teams, it was clear that they had given their all in the last race of the day.  When the results came through we were amazed at the time that the team had managed to produce - 1.13.96.  They had beaten the fastest time of the day set by themselves by a further 2 seconds.  To watch a video of the final, please visit the following link:

All students were fantastic ambassadors for the Academy and both myself and Ms Foy are extremely proud of the team’s commitment to training and discipline whilst in a boat.

Ms Foy and Mr Ryan

Mountain Bike Club Trip to the National Cycling Centre, Manchester

On Wednesday 4 July 2018 and Monday 9 July 2018, a group of 14 students who had participated in the MTB club at Appleton Academy, had a taste of competitive BMX racing.  The BMX arena at the NCC is comprised of two International level tracks, the pro super cross track and the amateur track.  Students enjoyed an hour long session learning how to pump, jump, brake and corner like a pro, they even had a go on the 5m amateur start hill and learnt how to use a start gate.  The students all had a fantastic time with many eager to go again.  For more information regarding the facilities on offer at the NCC please visit the following website.

Not only did we make use of the exceptional facilities at the NCC, we also made use of the Clayton Vale trails which are literally over the road.  The trail we rode was the Newton Heath Sidewinder which is a fun fast and flowy blue graded trail approximately 7 miles long.  This trail was a fun and challenging way to end our two wheeled time in Manchester.

Mr Ryan