We take sport seriously; not simply because we produce some of the highest performing school teams and players in the region but also because sport gives all our students vital physical and mental skills, on and off the pitch.
We have over 70 acres of of grounds that cater for all our core and co-curricular sports. Add to this a team of professional coaches with international and county experience, and the Old Elthamians Rugby, Cricket and Hockey professional teams that are based on site, and it becomes clear how we inspire every student to play sport to the best of their ability.
Participation in co-curricular sport is positively encouraged at all levels and there are various practices and clubs that take place at lunchtime and after school that the students can take part in.
Eltham College boasts strong fixture lists in all of its major sports, competing against nationally renowned schools. In addition, there are multiple additional sports to take part in, either as part of PE lessons, through the co-curricular programme or in House activities.
Our priority is to help every student find the sport they love, so we give them the chance to try everything and we celebrate very success.
Core and Co-Curricular Sport
|Core Sport (Boys)|
|Core Sport (Girls)|
|Social Soccer||Run for Fun||Tennis|
|Pilates||Weight Training||Dance Fitness|
Throughout the year the College arranges various tours and outdoor trips for sports teams.
2017/18 Sport Tours
|Michaelmas Term 2017|
|Year 11 - Upper Sixth Rugby Tournament, Ipswich||21-22 October||Mr Howard|
|Year 9 and 10 Water Polo Tour, Athens||26-31 October||Mr Wright|
|Year 9 - Upper Sixth Climbing Trip, Swanage||30 October-2 November||Mr Houghton|
|Ski Race Team, Landgraaf, Netherlands||30 October-3 November||Miss Evans|
|Lent Term 2018|
|Year 11 - Upper Sixth Hockey Tournament, Norwich||January 2018 (dates tbc)||Mr Thorogood|
|Year 8 and 9 Hockey Tournament, Bryanston||January 2018 (dates tbc)||Mr Thorogood|
|Sixth Form Netball Training Weekend||January 2018 (dates tbc)||Mr Thorogood|
|Ski Race Team, Wengen, Switzerland||January 2018 (dates tbc)||Miss Evans|
|Senior School Ski Trip, Les Menuires||10-17 February||Mr Willatt|
|Year 11 Adventure Course||Dates tbc||Mr Hill|
|Year 9 Cricket Tour, England||Dates tbc||Mr Baldwin|
|Year 8 Adventure Course, Dartmoor||9-13 April||Miss Edgar|
|Year 7 Sports Development Tour||10-12 April||Mr T Brown|
|Field Week 2018|
|Year 10 DEAS, Peak District||27-30 June||Mr Copley|
|Summer Holidays 2018|
|Year 11 and Lower Sixth Rugby South Africa||Dates tbc||Mr Howard|
|Year 10 Rugby Trip, Biarritz||Dates tbc||Mr Howard|
The school runs 15 teams in the senior school 16 teams in the junior school. We are involved in a very competitive fixture list which includes Brighton College and St John’s Leatherhead. The 1st XV recently reached the last 32 in the country in the Nat West Cup and our lower school teams regularly feature in the latter stages of the Kent Cups at U14 and U15 level. In addition to the 15-a-side fixtures the school also plays Sevens in Lent Term and our U15s are the current Kent Champions. Eltham College students often go on to represent Kent and the school currently has thirteen boys in the various age group teams and also two boys in the Saracens RFC Academy.
The Hockey teams have excelled in regular season games for many years now and we regularly qualify for county finals days at U14, U16 and U18 level. Our 1st XI are the current Kent champions and our U16s and U14s also reached the Kent Cup finals day in 2016. The school will put out 12 sides on a full Saturday block fixture against strong opposition including King’s School Canterbury and Caterham School. Several of our players have gained representative honours and we currently have ten boys in the County set up.
Eltham College has a very proud and strong tradition of developing gifted cricketers. The school will field ten sides in a full Saturday block fixture versus prestigious opposition including Dulwich College and Caterham. In the past few years there have been numerous county cup wins at various age groups and our U12s are currently the Kent Cup holders. Eltham College produce a large pool of district, county and regional standard players with four current students involved in Kent age group teams.
Sport Scholarship and High Performance Athlete Programme (HPAP)
The Sport Scholarship and High Performance Athlete Programme is designed to assist talented sports performers maximise and fulfil their sporting potential whilst achieving academic success. The aim is to provide individually tailored practical support to students that are both specific to their sport and academic commitments.
“This is the time and place to be for Hockey with fantastic backing from the Headmaster and College. The 1st XI are reigning Kent Champions and Eltham College had three squads attend the finals day with the U11s reaching the regional quarter final.”
- Mr ET Thorogood BSc (Head of School Sport)
- Mr M Arafat (Cricket Professional)
- Mr JL Baldwin BSc (Master in charge of Cricket, Head of Livingstone and Assistant Head of Maths – Lower School)
- Mr A Brown BSc
- Mr T Brown BSc
- Mr M Davies (Rugby Coach)
- Miss E Evans (Head of Ski Racing)
- Mr C Giles (Hockey Professional)
- Mr S Howard BSc
- Mr B King BSc
- Mr D Lespierre BSc
- Mr T Sullivan
- Mr M Wilkins (part-time)