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Sports and Physical Education Department

The Physical Education Department seeks to :-

1.    Offer a varied programme designed to meet the needs of all students in order to discover and develop their talents.
2.    Assist in the development of the whole person by fostering a spirit of self - discipline, fair play, team-work and co-operation through understanding the capabilities and limitations of themselves and others.
3.    Promote a safe and healthy participation in a variety of sports that students may enjoy and continue through adult life
The College has a long tradition of excellence in sport and we are proud to have achieved the prestigious Sportsmark award from Sport England in recognition of our commitment to promoting the benefits of Physical Education. On site, boys enjoy the use of the new Sports Centre, opened in June 2014, which includes a Gymnasium, Sports Hall and fitness suite. There are also two classrooms and an ICT suite for GCSE and A Level theory lessons. The College ground adjacent to the Sports Centre is also used for training, whilst our main sports pitches and pavilion are situated a short distance away at the Ridings, Noctorum. Students are offered a wide range of activities including athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, cross country, gymnastics, hockey, rugby and tennis.
Throughout this programme, we endeavour to develop the physical, moral, cultural and spiritual well being of each boy through his participation in sport. We are proud of the high standards achieved, particularly in athletics, cross country and rugby. Our teams consistently reach the finals of national competitions in both athletics and cross country, the rugby teams compete successfully against many of the best schools in the Northwest and the College has even represented England in an international Cross Country event. The Games Faculty organises numerous events including, pre-season practice, training weekends in the Lake District, an annual ski trip and sports tours abroad. The most recent being a ski trip to Colorado in April 2017, a Year 9 Rugby tour to Italy in May 2017 and a Canada Rugby tour in July 2016.
Many boys progress to representative honours, competing for their county at regional level and their country at national level. Distinguished old boys include several recent rugby internationals – British Lion and Heineken Cup winner, Austin Healey; England three-quarter, Ben Johnston; and Ireland backs Simon Mason and Christian Saverimutto. In Athletics Ikem Billy represented Great Britain in the 800m and Graeme Matthews won the Triple Jump Gold Medal at the Junior Commonwealth Games in 2005.