Monk's Walk complete an awards double

PUBLISHED: 16:02 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

FIRST CLASS: Monk’s Walk School’s Ian Athill lifts the Teacher of the Year trophy

FIRST CLASS: Monk's Walk School's Ian Athill lifts the Teacher of the Year trophy

A SPORTY WGC school completed a trophy double at the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Awards. Monk s Walk topped the class of 2007 in the School Team of the Year and the Teacher of the Year categories at the annual awards extravaganza held at Campus West. The Kni

HOWZAT! Monk’s Walk School’s cricket team celebrate their awards success

A SPORTY WGC school completed a trophy double at the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Awards.

Monk's Walk topped the class of 2007 in the School Team of the Year and the Teacher of the Year categories at the annual awards extravaganza held at Campus West.

The Knightsfield school's head of PE, Ian Athill, collected the individual award announced by young WGC cricketer Matt Hill.

And the Under-13 cricket squad then scooped the Team of the Year prize later in the gala evening for their efforts on the pitch last summer.

During his time at Monk's Walk, the borough's sports teacher of the year has put PE, especially rugby and cricket, firmly back on the map at the school.

The drive on extra-curricular clubs now sees the school offer A and B rugby teams across three years, football teams in every age group, successful cricket teams, competitive inter-form competitions, hockey, tennis and trampoline clubs.

Monk's Walk has also established strong links with Welwyn Rugby Club and nearby WGC Cricket Club.

Mr Athill said: "I really enjoyed the evening and it really did prove how hard the students, staff and parents are working at the moment to make sport at Monk's Walk a success.

"We have massive participation rates across all of our major sports and there is a real buzz about the place at the moment. It is by far and away the best school I have ever worked in and I simply love being here.

"The students are fantastic, they work so hard and they make it for me.

"Parents turn up by the dozen on the sidelines week in and week out, whether it be on the rugby pitch, football pitch or cricket pitch.

"They support sport in so many different ways here I owe them the hours that myself and my colleagues put into Monk's Walk sport."

Simon Hills, head of boys' PE at the school, was delighted the cricket team he coached to the county final last summer also collected an award on the night.

They upset a number of bigger and more fancied private schools with proven cricketing pedigrees to reach the Herts showpiece, being praised along the way for their sportsmanship and behaviour.

Mr Hills said: "I was absolutely delighted that the team were recognised for their achievements.

"We really were the fly in the ointment of this competition, upsetting and upstaging the schools we beat, but at all times acting in a sporting manner with each success.

"The team took to training like no other, used the WGC CC nets to their full potential, even having stronger players helping the others."

The Monk's Walk teacher is looking to go one better this summer.

He added: "I'm delighted to have this team again for the coming season and look forward to emulating our success and this time bringing the county trophy to Monk's Walk for the first time in our history.

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