Sunday, 26 February 2012


The Big Pedal 2012

The race begins on 5th March.  Oil your chains, dig out your helmets and join in the fun.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Preston Guild 5k run

Preston Guild 5k run
I am looking forward to the 5k running event taking place later this year. The event sounds like a great idea and I hope it is a great success for the Preston guild. By the information given by the site it sounds as if it will be a great success as it will get people of all ages involved in the run. I'm also intreged by the fact that the route will go through all parts of Preston including Avenham Park. By what I have heard it has made me want to compete in this event which will get the whole community involved.


Did you know that Olympic Runner Helen Clitheroe is a former BBEC student.  Have a listen to this news report about her preparations for the big event and make sure you cheer her on later this year.

Keep your eyes out for the Media Team's interview with Helen coming up after half term.

And what's the story behind  BBC Northwest Tonight Football Correspondent, Richard Askam?  Well, he, too, is a former BBEC student and will no doubt be busy reporting on Olympic events over the summer. 

Media Team members are looking forward to bringing you an interview with Richard early in March.

Here is the link to what we accomplished on the day.

Year 7 Boys Triumph at Lancashire Indoor Athletics Final

On Tuesday 7th February the Year 7 Boys Athletics Team travelled to Blackpool Sports Centre for the Lancashire Indoor Athletics Finals.  The boys qualified as a result of winning the Preston Schools event earlier this term and were the area representatives competing against 12 other districts from across the County, including Blackburn with Darwen, Chorley, Blackpool, South Ribble and Lancaster to name a few.  

The team of 6 competed in a multitude of events including the Shot, Standing Tripple Jump, Speed Bounce, Standing Long Jump, Vertical Jump, a 4x1 lap obstacle relay, 4x2 lap relay, 2 lap sprint, 4 lap, 6 lap, and an 8 lap paarlauf. 

The competition began with the obstacle relay in which we came fourth.  We then moved on to the field event in which the team excelled.  Jordan Cooper took 2nd place in the indoor shot with a massive 8m 30 putt, Josh Baron came 3rd in the standing long jump with a distance of 2m and Team Captain, Will Burrow, won the vertical jump with a fantastic 58cm leap.  In the field events we competed in a total of 10 events and we were in the top 5 in all 10 competitions.  Back on the track we started a little slower but kept ourselves in the competition.  Then Will Burrow pulled off a great 3rd place in the 6 lap race.  This was quickly followed with a 1st position from Brendan Loughran and Josh Baron in the 8 lap paarlauf.  We then finished with the 4x2 lap relay and our speed merchants were out in force.  Jordan Cooper, Will Burrow, Josh Baron and Jake Whitlock all put in a tremendous shift against some very quick individuals but at the end of the race the team finished in 2nd place. 

All we could do now was wait for the results.  Team members sat  in the stand nervously awaiting their fate,  listening to the results being announced  in reverse order. Before we knew it we realised we were in the top 4, and then the top 2.  To our great delight our team finished with a staggering 365 points and were crowned the Lancashire Indoor Athletics Champions ahead of Baines School who were some 19 points behind us.  

The team now go onto the North West Finals on the 28th March. 

Congratulations and good luck.
Mr Marquis


Wednesday, 8 February 2012


Please take a look at the Preston Guild 2012 website and share your thoughts on the forthcoming plans for this year's celebrations.  Will you be taking part?  What are you looking forward to? Have your parents or grandparents shared their memories of previous guilds?

(NB: Your comments will only appear once I have moderated them so don't panic if you don't see anything once you have clicked "post comment".)

I had just left school in 1972 so didn't get to take part in the school pageant.  I remember, though, that two of my younger sisters participated in the Pageant in the Park (Avenham) as rainbows, if I recall correctly. I did participate in the torchlight procession walking alongside a float advertising the North Lancashire Centre of the Caravan Club.  For most of the previous day I had helped make hundreds of green, yellow and red flowers out of crepe paper to decorate the float!!  However, it was all so long ago it's a bit of a blur.

Ms Cox.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Y7 girls 5 a side NW Finals

Excited, Eager, Enthusiastic and Equal to the challenge. That was Broughton's Year 7 Girls, fresh from victory as Lancashire Champions, as they travelled to the Trafford Soccerdome in Manchester for the North West Finals. The standard would be high, the length of games extended and a different indoor surface would provide additional challenges.  It was also opportunity to bring in some other talented girls and increase the size of our squad.

Inside the dome the atmosphere was a buzz - dozens of pitches and people of all ages playing and spectating, provided a real atmosphere.  Broughton took on St Georges (Greater Manchester), All Saints (Merseyside), Whitechapel (W.Yorks) and Fallibroome Academy (Cheshire).  We were drawn first and played St Georges in our opener.  Where we started slow in the Lancashire Championships, we were off the blocks in beating St Georges 5-2 (Walling 4, Weir 1).  Next came Fallibroome, and in a frustrating affair with lots of BBEC pressure, but with most of the shots going straight at their keeper, it ended 0-0. Late on, keeper Eleanor Kirton made a great save.

The third game was the crunch game.  Whitechapel had looked strong in their early games and had one girl scoring for fun.  Broughton were equal to Whitechapel initially and took a lead through a fantastic strike into the corner.  They equalised and then scored again.  At the half-time change it was tense and Whitechapel scored a third but Broughton battled back and scored a second.  While having most of the pressure in the dying moments, it wasn't enough to get an equaliser and we suffered a very close 3-2 loss (Weir 2).   
Last game gave us chance to play without pressure and utilise all our players.  All Saints were unfortunate to meet a team who wanted to go out on a high.  The Merseysiders were hit for 7 in a 7-1 BBEC win.  Jessie Walling, awesome as ever, scored a fabulous five, Rachael Lett was energetic and covered every inch of the pitch before scoring and new face to the team, Iman Abbassi, struck a lovely shot into the corner. Alexis Fitzsimons battled well and Lauren Wilkinson had shots on goal to keep up the pressure.

Whitechapel were deserved champions, winning all their games.  Broughton, however, were placed second and can proudly state they they are the 2nd best 5-a-side team in the whole of the North West.  An outstanding achievement and when you are playing at the top standard, the margin between the top two is, and was, extremely narrow.  The girls were excellent, played great football, worked so hard and played with a smile and bubbly enthusiasmThe snow as we came out of the venue just added to the day.

Team: Eleanor Kirton, Dionne Mills, Rachael Lett, Miah Weir, Jessie Walling, Alexis Fitzsimons, Iman Abassi and Lauren Wilkinson.  Thanks go to Miss Jones, always present and positive, and Mr Sharp for his coaching and support.  

Report by Mr Curl

Saturday, 4 February 2012


What can the Media Team possibly be planning on doing with the following materials purchased from B&Q? A ZONDLE T shirt will be awarded to the pupil who comments giving the correct answer or the most imaginative answer.