Sport

Subject Overview

Kent College has an impressive reputation for sporting excellence, and the school’s teams regularly progress through county and regional to national tournaments. We aim to provide something for every pupil in the school – from a large range of recreational sports to delivering top-level coaching for our new established elite programme.

Facilities

The sports’ facilities include a sports hall, gym, an Astro-turf for hockey and tennis and extensive sports pitches for football, rugby and cricket. Kent College also has a Riding Centre and offers horse riding lessons, and the opportunity to take part in competitions, as part of its sports programme.

Options

The major sports for girls are hockey (Autumn term), netball (Spring term) and tennis (Summer term). The major sports for boys are football/rugby (Autumn term), hockey (Spring term) and cricket/tennis (Summer term). However, for exceptional players (boys and girls) training is available over all terms in our Elite programme. This focuses on pushing both our scholars and most talented athletes through additional training. These sessions focus on our 4 pillars of performance: Technical, Tactical, Physical and Psychological.

Girls' cricket is very popular at Kent College – and we are delighted that our U13 girls' team won the 2018 National Indoor Cricket Championships at Lord's. Many pupils take part in our activities programme which give the pupils the opportunity to experience a range of diverse sports, offering activities that are designed to not only educate students about the importance of exercise but to empower them to pursue sports long after they have left.

Fixtures

There is a full calendar of fixtures against schools in the southeast of England and further afield, and information about all sporting events and teams can be found on the Kent College Sports website. Sports tours give all of our pupils the opportunity to expand their sporting horizons – recent tours have been to Berlin (indoor hockey), and Holland (Euro Hockey tournament).

KS3 GCSE iGCSE Pre A level / Pre IB IB A Level Cambridge Technical Pre U

Facilities

Sports Hall, Strength and Conditioning facility, specialist classroom, all weather sand dressed hockey pitch, tennis courts, athletics track, 2 x cricket squares, 3 x football pitches, 3 x rugby pitches. Yoga and Dance.

Additional access to facilities:

UKC S and C facilities, CCCU Sportslab for fitness testing/anatomy physiology and biomechanics. Polo Farm and Apetti Tennis facilities and coaching, Aire Trampolining facilities and coaching, Kingsmead and Kings Recreation Swimming Pool, Athletics coaching, Chimera Rock Climbing Centre, rowing,

What else will I get to do?

We work closely with Kent University and Canterbury Christ Church University. GCSE students visit the Sport Science labs at CCCU and this aids the students’ studies and brings to life the training and fitness methods element of the course which underpins a significant amount of the course.

A Level students also visit CCCU to supplement their studies, generally focused around the biomechanics element of the course.

Sport scholars and exam groups also benefit from having access to the Strength and conditioning coaches at Kent University who come into school and work closely with students.

Trips and Tours

Recent tours have included European tours to Belgium and Holland for international Hockey events, visits to the Olympics Park for Hockey and Netball, annual visits to Eastbourne for Aegon International Tennis and Wimbledon Championships. Visits to CCCU Sports lab for biomechanics and fitness testing.

Alumni

KC students have gone on to represent England and GB at Hockey and Rugby. Grace Balsdon and Lizzie Neal (England and GB Hockey), Piers Francis (England Rugby), Abigail Pritchard ( England touch Rugby).

A number of current KC students represent England and SE England at Junior level. Hugh Scott (South England and Kent 2nd X1 Cricket), Alexa Stonehouse (South England Cricket) Adam Lee-Browne (U.18 Hockey), Oliver Weston and Jessica McMeeking (South of England Hockey), Josh Sharp ( England Jet Ski). We have a huge number of students representing Kent in the chosen sports, including Netball, Rugby, Tetrathlon, Cricket, Hockey, Cross Country and Athletics.

Sports Science, Physical Education and Sports Management are popular choices for university courses. Recent KC students have gone on to study a sports-related degree at a range of institutions including Loughborough, Nottingham Trent, St. Mary’s Twickenham, Brunel and Canterbury Christ Church University.

Meet the Director of Sport

Lara-Wilkinson-PE

Miss Lara Wilkinson, Director of Sport, BSc (1st) Sport and Exercise Science, MEd.

directorofsport@kentcollege.co.uk

Lara has always been a keen sportswoman with a passion for teaching and learning. After graduating from The University of Birmingham, she undertook her teacher training and began her career in Oxfordshire teaching both Science and PE. Progressing through to Head of Department, Lara decided to take onboard a new challenge and taught at The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City. On returning to the UK, Lara worked as Director of Sport at The Abbey School, Reading. Lara has also worked for the IB as a moderator, delivered courses for The Youth Sport Trust and has been involved in developing the Tyhtan programme - a sports performance enhancement and well being programme. In addition to this, she is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education through The University of Reading.

In her spare time, Lara plays at Canterbury Hockey Club and heads up the ladies section of Hockey for Heroes.

Have a question?

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