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Jayke Hartley

Old Hymerian, Jayke Hartley, joined Hymers in 2005 aged 11. He recently reflected on the impact of sport, specifically rugby, throughout his time with us.
OH Jayke Hartley returns to school as staff
OH Jayke Hartley returns to school as staff

Old Hymerian, Jayke Hartley, joined Hymers in 2005 aged 11. He recently reflected on the impact of sport, specifically rugby, throughout his time with us.

“As an 11-year-old joining Hymers in 2005, I was more of a footballer or swimmer than rugby player. At this point in my house, we had always enjoyed sport and celebrated as passionately as anyone when Martin Johnson lifted the Rugby World Cup in 2003, but really, we were a rugby league family and the thought of rucking and mauling in a game of union was alien. Nevertheless, the first games session of secondary school arrived and I pulled on my red and black jersey like everyone else. From the first moment clumsily hitting a tackle bag (held ruthlessly by Mr Nicholls) I was sold.

Our first year of rugby was what Mr Fitzpatrick called a ‘steep learning curve’ (back then rugby was introduced in year 7). However, our strong team bond and willingness to learn meant we improved quickly and developed to enjoy our fair share of success. Reaching the late stages of the Daily Mail Trophy, winning Pocklington School Sevens Tournament and even our annual clash against Bradford Grammar are just some of the memories to be cherished for years to come. Not only was the social aspect of Hymers sport enormous fun, but looking back I was unaware how my attributes as a person were allowed to mature. Many of the skills I now have are thanks to participating in Hymers sport, and I value my time as rugby captain just as much as being a member of the cricket C-team!

At the present day, as I look to return as a teacher, I cannot wait to give back to Hymers sport. Some of my proudest and fondest memories are in a red and black jersey and it will be a privilege to be a part of the next generation’s turn.”

Jayke has come full circle as he joins the teaching team at Hymers in September 2020.

We are looking forward to welcoming him back.

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