Sport 

Sheila Kelsall competing in the Long Jump at the Huddersfield Schools Sports in 1957. She set the HGS Sports Day Junior Girls Long Jump record in the same year. The photo was taken by Mr. Leonard.  

Dave McKenzie is practicing Putting the Shot by the Science Block (1962) prior to competing for the North of England Schools against the South. Photo Womack

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I may have mentioned this before, but I cannot stress the point enough - that of the role of sport within the school, as it was an outlet for the passive nature of learning in the classroom. The youngsters enjoyed getting into the gym and on to the field to release pent-up energy. They felt (that is, the majority), that they could achieve and enjoy the games. They developed their fitness. What lethargy that did exist was perhaps due to their own leisurely life style, getting up in the morning to get the bus for school and perhaps the odd late night. Games did build up the competitive spirit, and that is no bad thing, but also cooperative activity within an inbuilt sense of leadership and desire to be come more skilful. Obviously not every one wanted to be expert, but the PE Staff sought hard to provide the opportunities to improve skills and innate talent. Girls as well as the boys really worked hard at improvements. The 1st XI Girls Hockey was always formidable, what I saw of it. Everyone knew they had to achieve improvements through practice and active participation. The system of House matches and Saturday team games were mightily effective in producing a sense of well being within the school. RWH was right when he said to me one day,"Mens sana in corpore sano". We have lost this in our present system of education, and developed the cult of individuality and the forlorn hope of personal improvement which comes from the foundations set when young.


Ken Sale, HGS Staff 1955-61

 
The First Huddersfield Sports - May 1931
The Place          Fartown Cricket Ground
The Schools      The boys of Hemsworth, Penistone, Elland, Hipperholme, Holmfirth and Royd's Hall.
The Sections     Juniors, under 14 years. Intermediates, 14 to 16 yrs. Seniors, 16 yrs and over.
The Awards       A Shield presented by the West Riding County Council to be held for one year for the highest score, from each school, and also inscribed plaques for each individual section.

For Hemsworth, Croft K. in the Intermediate section scored a double victory in both the 100 yards and the 220 yards, and he helped his team to victory in the relay race. Harris was outstanding in the Senior section. The Hemsworth team won the Challenge Shield, and also the plaque for the Intermediate section. The Shield was presented to the Hemsworth captains by Miss A. Loveday Grylls,daughter of the Chairman of the Higher Education Committee of the W.R.C.C. Hemsworth's aggregate was 32.5 points, six points ahead of Royd's Hall, who just beat Penistone. Penistone won the Senior's plaque, and Royd's Hall the plaque for the Junior section.

Mr. Jenkinson later stated that this success had been most unexpected, and that great credit was reflected upon Mr. Sorby, the physical training teacher at the school, who had been very keen in the training of the boys. Throughout the sports, the boys had shown the true spirit of  sportsmanship, and their success was a wonderful achievement for the school. It should be noted that this competition was for boys only.

 
Tony Pickering competing in the High Jump at the Huddersfield Sports in 1956. In that year Hemsworth Grammar School won the West Riding Shield for being the overall winning school. The photo was taken by Mr. Leonard.
 
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Sport 1920s and 1930s
Sport 1940s
Sport 1950s
Sport 1960s 
Sports Days 
Rugby Sevens 
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Cricket Colours Cap, Athletics Colours, Temp. Swimming Colours Cert. 1946, Athletics Colours, Yorkshire Schools Athletic Association Badge, Victrix Ludorum Medal, Victor Ludorum Medal, Sports Club Membership Card, School Rugby Shield, Hockey Fixtures and House Matches 1966-67, Huddersfield Sports Programme 1956 (1), Huddersfield Sports Programme 1956 (2), Junior Victrix Ludorum Cup, Junior Victor Ludorum Base, Individual Cricket Cup, Rugby Fixture Card 1944-45, Rugby 1st XV Results 1944-45 (Unbeaten), Rugby Colours 1943-45, Gym Full and Half Colours 1940s, Sports Day winning ticket 1923, Rugby Fixture List 1966-67, Rugby Colours 1928, the Elementary (1943), Intermediate (1944) and Advanced (1945) Swimming Certificates

 

The Unbeaten 1st XV from 1944-45
Three HGS PE teachers (Jack Leonard, Derek Wilkinson and Les Tate) are on this photograph. There is also a Maths teacher, George Pacy.

 
Back Row L-R: George Pacy, Derek Fox, Joseph Bailey, Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Leonard, Ronald Cotterill, Greensmith J., Keith Ardron
Middle Row L-R: Reg Callaghan, Derek Wilkinson, Geoff Booth (Secretary), Anthony Jagger (Captain), Les Tate, Derek Birkin, G. Davies
Front Row L-R: Cliff Hale, Keith Robinson
 
Names have come from Eric Jones and Geoff Booth. Thank you.
 
Report dated March 31st 1945
The two rugby teams of Hemsworth Grammar School have won every match this season. The final games were played on Saturday, the first team beating West Leeds 82 points to Nil, and the reserves defeating West Leeds' second team by 3 - 0. During the season the first team played 12 matches and scored 405 points against 25 by their opponents. On three occasions more than 50 points were obtained by Hemsworth. Leslie Tate set up a school record by scoring 39 tries, the previous record of 27 tries having been held by Harwood, who has now left. The other principal scorers were Anthony Jagger (19 tries) and Derek Wilkinson (15). The team which served Hemsworth so well in practically every match was: Derek Fox (Full-back); Cliff Hale; Leslie Tate (vice-captain); Geoffrey Booth, G. Davies (Three-quarters). Anthony Jagger (Captain) & Derek Birkin (Half-backs). J. Greensmith, Reginald Callaghan, Ron Cotterill, Keith Ardron, Keith Robinson, Derek Wilkinson, George Pacy, Joseph Bailey (Forwards). Ronald Wadsworth played regularly up to Christmas. In recognition of their success school colours were presented last Thursday to the following: Repeat Full Colours - Tate, Booth, Jagger. Full Colours - Davies, Bailey, Callaghan, Wilkinson, Robinson. Half Colours - Fox, Hale, Birkin, Ardron, Greensmith, Cotterill, Pacy.
 
HGS First XV (Unbeaten) from 1965-66.
 
 
Photo from Terry Mills. Thank you, Terry.
Back Row L-R: Roger Poole, Anthony (Bud) Abbott, Keith Shelley, John Fradgley, Peter Hryschko, Jack Burbeck, Peter Ryan, Michael Osborne
Front Row L-R: Neil Stone, Derek Coop, Jack Marston, Ken Johnson, Terry Mills, David Smith, David Fearnside