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Eyes on the prize at Haverstock

School's football, basketball and athletics teams aim to make it a historic hat-trick by lifting the Camden Shield

21 September, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Haverstock School pupils are ready to win the Camden Shield for a historic third time – from left, Daniel Costeira, Charles Tagalan, Paul Pringot, Elijah Hall and Hector Pringot

THE sports heroes of Haverstock Secondary School have set their sights on a historic hat-trick as they look to win the Camden Shield for a third year in a row.

The boys’ teams from the school in Chalk Farm have joined previous champions from Regent High School and William Ellis in winning the competition back-to-back.

But so far no school has managed to win that all-elusive treble.

In order to do so Haverstock will once again have to outscore their rivals throughout the coming school year in three major disciplines – football, basketball and athletics.

So whether it’s scoring a big three-pointer, a magnificent team goal or crossing the finishing line in first place, the boys from Haverstock are ready to win the Shield for a historic third time.

Overall competing schools battle it out for points in three age groups – Under-12s, Under-14s and Under-16s – and take part in 12 categories. These include gruelling cross-country events at Parliament Hill Fields.

Haverstock PE teacher Jamie Histed says that, supported by a real, all-round team effort, his troops can once again capture the Shield, which is organised by the Camden Secondary Schools Sports Federation.

“Our success comes from the excellent extra-curricular opportunities that we have at the school,” he said.

“Pupils have access to top coaching and fantastic facilities outside of school hours, including the new 4G sports pitch that we’ve recently had installed. We’ve also got a great relationship with professional and amateur sports clubs across the borough which helps us to get the best out of our promising young athletes.

“To become the first school to win the Camden Shield three years in a row would be a very proud moment for me, all the boys and, or course, for Haverstock,” Jamie added.

Among Haverstock’s secret weapons is rising star Charles Tagalan, who has been part of the basketball team that has helped lead the secondary to back-to-back glory.

He has yet to taste defeat while competing for the school, and says he’s looking forward to getting back out on the court. “Our basketball team has great chemistry, and we can’t wait to start playing again.

“We have been training hard every week and we’re confident that we can help our school score some vital points.”

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