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Welcome to Sullivan House

As leader of Sullivan house, I feel very honoured and proud. I love the engaging with the competitive environment of the house system and love challenging myself and seeing students challenge themselves to be the best they can be every day and in every competition. The Sullivan house values are; Determination, Personal Drive, Modesty and Resilience which I strongly believe will allow our students to thrive during their school career and beyond.

I have always been a competitive person and have loved playing sports and still do. I played football very competitively as a teenager for Hull City and want to instil this competitiveness in all the Sullivan students. Developing students has always been a passion of mine from a young age and my dedication to this started when I was still at school myself and started to coach and teach youngsters at sports camps and after school clubs. The house system plays an integral role within promoting healthy competition and developing the grit and determination that every young person needs to thrive in the competitive world we live in.

I fundamentally believe that every single person who is or is wanting to be successful needs to champion the Sullivan house values in their everyday life. As a house, we pride ourselves on winning competitions and striving for excellence, we look to build character that will last a lifetime and this comes from our values. It is fitting that Sir Clive Sullivan who was the first black professional athlete to captain his country in any British sport, displayed these values and overcame many challenging situations within his career. He was told he would never play rugby again after an operation on his legs at an early stage in his rugby career; he battled and fought to become the legend and icon he is today. His determination and resilience to go against what others had told him is inspiring, with his goals set he smashed through any barriers with his relentless personal drive to succeed. Even though Sir Clive went onto become a superstar within his sport, he maintained a huge amount of modesty which endeared him to the fans and the City of Hull. In Sullivan house, students model themselves around these values that Clive Sullivan displayed and if they continue to do so they will go on to become very happy and successful people.

Ultimately our goal is to knock Reckitt off the top spot and win our first House Cup. We will strive to do so with confidence and passion. The old saying of ‘Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard’ will resonate with both staff and students. No matter what the competition, we will be there in numbers; aiming to take the top spot. If each student champions our house values every day then we will not go far wrong!

 Mr J Slater

sullivan@thekingswoodacademy.org

About Clive Sullivan

Clive A.Sullivan MBE (born 9 April 1943 in Cardiff, died 8 October 1985 in Hull) was a Welsh rugby union and professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. A Great Britain and Wales international winger, he played with both Hull and Hull Kingston Rovers in his career. He was the first black captain of the Great Britain Lions and for any national British sporting side. In his debut for Hull, Sullivan had an outstanding game and gained the support of the Hull club and city. He played a total of 352 games for Hull, scoring 250 tries. In his 213 games for Hull K.R. he scored 118 tries. His international career took him to great heights having made his debut for Great Britain in 1967. The following year he played three World Cup matches, grabbing a hat-trick against New Zealand. In 1969, he toured Australasia, but only participated in one game due to injury. He however won a further three test caps against New Zealand in 1971. In 1972 he was handed the captaincy of Great Britain and played two tests against France. The World Cup took place that same year, and he captained Great Britain to become world champions. He scored a try in each of Great Britain’s four games. Sullivan scored possibly the most famous try in the history of the World Cup to level 10-10 against Australia in the final, after a length of the field run. The 1975 Rugby League World Cup saw Sullivan lead Wales in all four matches, scoring a try in the defeat of England in the second game for the Welsh team. Wales ended up finishing 3rd in the five-team World Cup. Sullivan was unexpectedly called back into the Hull FC team in 1982 after a period on the coaching staff. At the age of 39 he played in the Challenge Cup Final replay at Elland Road which Hull won against Widnes. When Sullivan died of cancer in 1985 aged just 42, the city of Hull held him in such high regard that a section of the city’s main approach road (the A63) between the Humber Bridge and the city centre was renamed Clive Sullivan Way in his honour.

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