Nayland students partake in unusual sport

Ashton under 16s competing in local competiton

There are a few current students and ex-Nayland students that participate in this ‘unusual’ sport outside of school.

The Nelson based teams, Ashton and Excelsior, both offer under 12 and under 16 competitive grades.

Marching is not a popular sport that is well known like netball or football. It is a disciplined, very competitive sport that takes a lot of time, practice and commitment. It’s not all serious and strict, you do have a lot of fun at the same time.

Having a team that works together on and off the field is very important to the sport. A team is like a second family to many. You do have a lot of fun and down time to relax, at the same time as focusing on achieving your team goals. “As a team, we sit down together and discuss what we want to get,” member of Ashton Under 16s, Tacy Eyles said.

Being a leader for this sport isn’t as easy as it seems, nor is coaching a team. The two roles require a lot of responsibility and are both challenging roles to take on. “Coaching a team is hard work and time consuming but I love it,” Ashton Under 12 and Under 16 coach Jodie Jenkins said. 

Leader of Ashton Under 16’s Madison Hawke says that it’s not as simple as it seems. “It wasn’t just blowing a whistle, it was making sure your team had trust in you to lead them.”


By student reporters, Hayley Ewers and Maddison Keir