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This term we say goodbye to Mr Dave Garrod

Badminton team with coach Dave GarrodDave has been the badminton coach at AGGS for over 20 years since his daughter was a student at the school. In order to help her with her badminton he decided to get his coaching qualifications and worked hard to help AGGS shape the amazing badminton teams we have today.
He leaves us after helping secure the U16s in qualifying for the National Badminton Finals in Milton Keynes and we are all hoping for a win to end his legacy on a high.
He is retiring at the end of this season and will be missed massively by all. .

Here is a message from Dave:

Dear All,
thank you all so much for the cards and “treats”. I really, really appreciate them. Over the many years of coaching I have thoroughly enjoyed it, especially, of course, the successes. However it has not been all about the successes, it has been primarily been about working with very nice girls who’s enthusiasm, attitude to learning and wanting to improve has been outstanding. This has not been “at all cost” because one of the most satisfying aspects of the coaching has been the bonding between the team members and the high standards of integrity and behaviour that you have maintained. You have always been a credit to the school.
Thank you all, once again.
I will miss you all
Best wishes


AGGS Alumnae, Sophie Morrison at the Winter Olympic Ceremony

Sophie Morrison, a former AGGS student , was at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Korea today.

Sophie now lives in London and works for the British Olympic Association and has been doing so for some 5 years. She will be there as Ski & Alpine Team Manager and is part of Team GBR in the Winter Olympics. Her last Role took her to Rio where she looked after our Female sailing team who did very well.

Team GBR are hoping for some medals with most of the Athletes having done well in their chosen sports, in the various world championships , over the last 2 years.

AGGS Are Greater Manchester Badminton Champions.

Medals and celebrations all around for the AGGS badminton teams in the Greater Manchester badminton finals held at the Amaechi Centre.

Lavanya, Janhavi, Alicia, Samyu and Anusha before their games.

The U14s Squad with their medals after beating Sale 3-2 in the final.

The Under 16s squad had two teams through from the first round and both teams go through to the final winning all their matches, therefore having to play against each other.

Hania, Sophie B, Olivia and Maariyah with their second place medals.

The Winning A team.
Natasha, Aisling, Georgia, Raavi and Priya

AGGS also took 9 Sports leaders to the event who spent the day looking after the teams, umpiring, and keeping score.

Sports leaders, Chloe, Hrishika, Cindy, Amber, Dani, Jess, Ellie, Anisha, Lauren.

 The AGGS Squad team, leaders and coach.

Manchester Indoor Rowing Competition

On 12th December AGGS took 21 teams (84 participants) to the Manchester indoor rowing competition. All girls competed well and were by far the best in Trafford with each year group taking first place out of the Trafford schools. GO US!

The results were then compared with the Stockport and Manchester schools to see who was the over all winners.

In Year 7
Emma C, Yasmine I, Megan B and Olivia B came 2nd over all.

In year 8
Kirsten M, Selin C, Jemima H and Georgia H came 3rd over all.

In year 9
Alicia M, Beth H, Neave B and Charlotte Lord Came 1st over all.

In year 10
Ellie F, Milan W, Dani G and Millie P came 1st overall.

This means the year 9 and 10 team will be representing Greater Manchester in the next round in February.

Well done to all who entered.

Tilly’s Success

Tilly competed with the Whizz Kids Junior Team at the Winter Cup this weekend and came away with an international silver medal. The ISU event attracted 30 teams from 8 different countries. The Whizz Kids are back in training now for their next big event, the British Championships in January.

Well done Tilly!

Match report 
National Schools Tournament

Match report 
National Schools Tournament

We arrived with high spirits and played Sedbergh and won 3-0, keeping most of the possession throughout the game. The goal scorers were Jenny (2) and Laurie (1). Then we had no time to rest and played Merchant Taylor and the final score was also 3-0. We were capable of a scoring more goals but we didn’t play as good as we have done before. So we won our group and our next match was to play Kings Macclesfield and the team fought but unfortunately we lost 
1-0. It was a very tight game which could’ve gone either way. Well played everyone, maybe next year!!!

Netball Round Up

It has been a fantastic start to the 2017/2018 Netball Season, there has been some outstanding performances and plenty of areas highlighted during match play, that have created an ‘eager to learn’ ethos at training sessions. We got off to a slow start against Withington girls at our first Saturday fixture with some heavy losses across some of the year groups, particularly for the year 7 A squad. Tilly Y (Year 7 captain) put in a strong performance but the experience and determination of the Withington side lead to our first defeat. Since then the Year 7 squad have worked extremely hard in training, they have been enthusiastic and keen to learn and as a result gone from strength to strength and secured some amazing victories against teams such as Bradford Grammar and Loreto.

The year 8 squad have also had some great performances, defensively they have persisted with the centre pass defence strategies and made some game changing interceptions, particularly against Lymm High School where the score finished 9-7 to AGGS. Lucy B has shot consistently in every game and has become a key player for this squad and I know if they continue to train hard and put into practice during matches what they have learnt in training they will only grow stronger and have potential success at U14 National schools next year.

Our year 9 squad have some extremely talented players but have not yet realised their potential. As a squad they perform well as individuals but have yet to bring it together to produce a strong TEAM performance. Our superstar shooters Neave B and Emma B shoot consistently well and their skill level is outstanding. Charlotte T plays with passion and determination in every game and never gives up and is an asset to the team. Defensively Sarah A has improved every week and I know she will continue to work hard and make game changing interceptions. We attended National Schools earlier this term at Bury Grammar School where the team came up against some of the strongest opposition in the country against schools with very strong club links. As a team they gave some great performances and showed glimmers of brilliance, but unfortunately it was not enough to secure them a place in the next round. It did however give this squad a fantastic experience and the determination to ensure they improve for their next opportunity in 2 years’ time.

The year 10 and 11 squads have been training extremely hard and had some great wins so far this season. The year 11 squad were joined by Issy C, Kitty H and Raavi S at the U16 National Schools competition in November where they just missed out on a place in the semi final having only lost to Stockport Grammar and Bolton Girls School. They played some outstanding Netball and they are improving every match.

We have had some super stars emerge through the Manchester Thunder Performance Pathways with Laura M and Niamh H making it onto the Under 17 Squad and Elena N making the U21 squad. A huge achievement. These girls are true role models to every student at AGGS and we are extremely proud of them.