Sport

Sport is the best tool to learn about yourself. How do you deal with pressure, are you an effective team member or gracious opponent, can you make the correct decisions quickly, are you a good leader or official? Sport gives you a springboard to gain a huge number of essential life skills that can be transferred to everyday life, or used to achieve greatness and become an elite sports person.

We fully believe that there is a sport for everybody, it is merely a case of applying ourselves to various skill sets and game situations in order to find and nurture our strengths. Our coaching staff are on hand to not only develop and strengthen skills, but instil desire, motivation and passion to achieve and strive to be the very best we can be, while having fun along the way. We support and nurture individuals with our high staff to pupil ratio whatever level they are representing at Sport.

Sport plays an essential role in supporting our school ethos. Sport teaches us how to respect, our peers, our opponent, our coaches and the officials. Sports teaches us humility and cheerfulness in the face of adversity, it gives us the want to do better. Sport gives us courage and integrity. Sport at Abbotsholme encompasses all of this.

Lessons are split in to PE and Games sessions. PE lessons focus on offering a broad and balanced curriculum, while focusing on basic skills which can then be transferred to a Games situation. Games lessons are an opportunity for the school teams to train and work together, those not in the team will receive support and coaching to further advance their skills, allowing them to strive towards being in the team with time and practise, without knocking their confidence but building each individual up so that they can be placed in a competitive situation against an equal opponent and achieve success.

We believe in ‘Sport for all’ and ‘High Performers’. Engaging and challenging all pupils at every level, yet at the same time fostering, nurturing and developing pupils to aspire and achieve excellence in Sport. We also believe in having fun and the need to laugh. Enjoyment of Sport is crucial and essential in order to make it a long standing hobby for after school life. Abbotsholme School has built links with many local clubs in a range of different sports and we work closely with them to allow our pupils to engage and reap the benefits of being part of a club setting as well as school sport.

Every pupil is unique and so is their personality. This is respected and recognised by the coaching team so that each pupil can be coached in a way which is appropriate to their learning, making the session most effective to them.

Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to Sport and this is when our teams play competitive sport against other schools with great success.

Sports offered on a Wednesday afternoons include hockey, football, rugby, netball, cricket, rounders, tennis, swimming, strength and conditioning, table tennis, cross country/athletics, basketball, badminton and equestrian.

Scholarships are available for potential sporting scholars who could offer in the main team sports of hockey and cricket. Please contact the Head of Sport for more details on laura.askew@abbotsholme.co.uk.

STUDY SPORTS AT ABBOTSHOLME - GCSE LEVEL

In year 10 we offer the Edexcel GCSE PE course which runs over the two years. During this time pupils learn and prepare all topics that are covered on the two hour exam as well as cover practical sessions in order to be graded in three different sports. We are very lucky to have our own climbing wall and equestrian centre at Abbotsholme and a high percentage of our pupils will carry those marks forward for their individual sport.