A sizzling summer of sport has seen Brentwood School pupils, past and present, showcasing their sporting prowess on some some of the country’s greatest sporting stages.
Essex cricketer and Old Brentwood Tom Moore made headlines when he captured the prize wicket of Australia’s Captain Michael Clarke in the Ashes warm-up game at the County Ground. While fellow OB Kishen Velani continued to play a significant role in Essex Cricket Club’s season and current students Rishi Patel, Kieran Emmanuel and Stephen Heywood played for Essex U17.
On the football field, Brentwood has fast grown a reputation for producing world-class footballers, and hot on the heels of OB Frank Lampard, comes the next generation of footballing stars.
Harvey Dailly and Flynn Downes signed scholarship terms at Dundee United and Ipswich Town respectively, while professional footballer Elliot Lee scored the winner for West Ham United against Lusitans, Malta, in the away leg of the Europa League. Striker Lee partnered another Old Brentwood, forward Djair Parfitt-Williams, in the home leg against the same opponents.
Headmaster Ian Davies said the sight of two former pupils running out for the Hammers was one which filled the 458-year-old school with pride. “Seeing two Old Brentwoods playing side by side in one of football’s European competitions was a very proud moment for Brentwood School.”
Meanwhile, Elliot's brother, Oliver, made his Luton Town debut in the Capital One Cup defeat against Stoke City and recent leaver, George Dobson, secured a three-year professional contract at West Ham and then proceeded to score in his first Under 18 game v Fulham. Further afield, Lucas Cueto continued to represent FC Koln and the Germany Under19 team.
Mr Davies put the School’s enviable footballing success down to ‘outstanding coaching from a dedicated team of staff and very committed, determined and talented children and outstanding facilities.’ During the summer break, the School’s Junior cricketers enjoyed their trip to Alicante, while 50 of the Senior football squad travelled to SL Benfica, Portugal.
And Brentwood’s summer of success was not confined to the cricket pitch and the football field. Following on from the Intermediate Girls’ seventh place finish in the National Schools’ Athletics Championships, the Junior Girls narrowly missed out on a bronze medal as they finished in fourth place at Bedford International Stadium. Furthermore, the Go Karting team finished second in the School’s inaugural attempt on the race track in the National Final in late July.