“Sport is fun and at King's we ensure that as many pupils as possible are able to enjoy it. Everybody, no matter what their talents, is catered for and we offer an extraordinary range of sporting options. ”
Sport at King's College
Sport is pivotal to the all-round development of pupils at King's College. It provides engagement, responsibility, enjoyment, and a sense of pride in many achievements, regardless of scale or magnitude. King's Sport aims to actively enable young people to take on a variety of challenges to help build confidence, take leadership roles, and enable them to work as part of a team.
Our sport is built on the ideals of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, respect, discipline and a sense of sporting integrity. Throughout, it is firmly believed that everyone has something valuable to offer, and the systems in place aim to encourage general participation in an inclusive programme covering a wide number of sporting opportunities.
Sport is pivotal to the all-round development of pupils at King's College. It provides engagement, responsibility, enjoyment, and a sense of pride in many sporting achievements, regardless of scale or magnitude. King's Sport aims to actively enable young people to take on a variety of challenges to help build confidence, take leadership roles, and enable them to work as part of a team.
We have recently developed a structure to our sport that we believe caters for every single one of our pupils. It continues to use the most up to date coaching methods, equipment and principles to ensure our pupils thrive regardless of standard. We have three sports programme units:
- Engagement and Development
- High Performance
The sport programme is tailored towards the needs and requirements of our individual pupils.
Engagement and Development
Here at King’s we pride ourselves on a sports programme that allows every pupil in the school to engage in a wide variety of sports throughout the year. This not only promotes a positive, active and healthy lifestyle, but also encourages vital social skills that play a big part in our pupils' overall development. Furthermore, our coaching, facilities and fixtures provide a wonderful opportunity for all pupils to improve their sports skills and to further encourage participation in sport beyond the school (known as the King’s sport for life strategy).
A vast majority of our pupils go
on to represent universities and clubs when they leave and this is a crucial
driving factor within the Engagement and Development unit of the sports
programme. This unit of normally provides two to three training
sessions per week and also allows flexibility to take part in a variety of
sport options each term. Pupils will also gain access to sports
fixtures, which play a large part in their physical, social and mental development.
The Performance programme is designed for pupils who want to take their sport more seriously and therefore wish to put in extra hours outside of the main games programme. It has been created particularly for those pupils who wish to specialise in one or two sports.
Pupils will gain access to optional early morning or lunchtime strength and conditioning (S&C) sessions and will also take part in out of season training (that will cover technical, tactical and physical improvements).
We pride ourselves on developing our pupils who are looking to achieve the next level of performance; to gain selection to county, regional or even national level programmes.
We have a number of specialist sports staff who are highly qualified and can provide pupils with the support they need outside of the normal school day. This includes three full time S&C coaches.
The High Performance Programme is a reflection of the success of our coaches and sports department. We have a number of pupils who have gained selection onto academies, performance Programmes and regional or national teams.
Due to the demands of High Performance, pupils who fall into this category require additional support from our qualified staff. Each High Performance pupil will receive a sports mentor to oversee their time management, helping to create a system that will provide a healthy balance between academic work and the demands on time from a training point of view.
Each High Performance athlete will also gain access to their own individual S&C coach who will develop a King’s designed programme or will work with the programmes put forward by performance centres. A large amount of off season training will be undertaken as part of this programme.
Movement within each unit is fundamental to the success of sport at King’s.
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