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 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.
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Core and Co-Curricular Sport
|Core Sport (Boys)|
|Core Sport (Girls)|
|Core Sport (Girls Year 7 2020)|
|Athletics||Go Karting||Social Soccer|
|Cross Country||Rowing||Water Polo|
|Dance Fitness||Running Club||Weight Training|
At Eltham we provide a wide ranging core and co-curricular programme that enables our students to engage on many different levels and at any different sports. We pride ourselves on giving everyone the opportunity to train, develop and in turn represent the school. Our core sports for girls are hockey, netball, rounders and cricket and for boys rugby, hockey and cricket. Our extensive co-curricular sports programme runs throughout the year and details of the sports we offer are below. We very much look forward to welcoming you to the Eltham College sporting family – Mr ET Thorogood (Head of School Sport).
Eltham College currently run 15 Senior School teams, as well as 16 teams in the Junior School. In recent years, the 1st XV reached the last 32 in the Natwest Cup as well as the lower year groups showing impressive performances regionally. The extensive support and guidance given to Eltham students often results in them going on to represent Kent; Eltham College currently has boys throughout the school representing their county. In addition, we have recently had players selected to represent Saracens in the U18 academy league, as well as international representation at U18 and U20 level and intend to open a pathway for girls rugby in the next few years- Mr BJ King (Director of Rugby).
Eltham College is committed to student welfare and supports the RFU’s Schools Rugby Injury Surveillance and Prevention Programme, as well as promoting the RFU’s Headcase initiative on concussion prevention. In the Junior School, Eltham College is a centre for the Quilter Kids First scheme in which extra provision is given to coach development in order to delivery high quality coaching.
Hockey – Boys and Girls
This is an incredibly exciting time for hockey at Eltham with the arrival of girls to increase an already successful boys programme. The boys U13 & U14 both reached the regionals this year and we aim to have our new cohort of girls competing on that same level in the near future. The breadth of high level coaching and facilities has developed students into representative players with the school boasting numerous county players, four Futures cup players and an England international in the last three years. – Mr CM Giles (Head of Hockey).
Cricket – Boys and Girls
As the number one summer sport for both boys and girls, our cricket programme is developing all the time. There are a wide range of fixtures in the summer term for every age group as well as extensive training opportunities throughout the year. We have a number of highly qualified coaches to run sessions and these are led by our Cricket Professional and former International Cricketer, Yasir Arafat. Our facilities and availability of pitches means that we can provide cricket for all and give both soft and hard ball experience to our students as they develop.
Our priority at Eltham College is to give every student an opportunity to be part of the netball community. The netball program allows the development of elite performance as well as the opportunity for every student to participate at all levels. Our healthy fixture calendar allows for a competitive level of netball and the college is proud to host its annual Senior Netball Tournament every March, where our seniors have been crowned winners for a number of years – Miss PD Caudle (Head of Girls Sport).
Sport scholarships are available to candidates who demonstrate exceptional talent and potential in school sport (whilst also fulfilling the normal academic requirements for entry into the College). Scholarships are awarded following the appropriate assessment and interview, on the basis of merit to those who show potential in one of more of the school’s major sports of Rugby, Hockey, Netball and Cricket or additional sports such as Athletics, Chess, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Skiing, Swimming, Tennis and Water polo.
Benefits of the Sports Scholarship Programme:
Sports Scholars have access to the following with the aim of improving individually and progressing the standard of sport within the school:
- Regular high quality coaching sessions
- One to one sport specific sessions from professional coaches Regular meetings with a Mentor to receive guidance on lifestyle management, nutrition, psychology, technical development and injury prevention
- Trips to elite sporting venues and facilities
- Sports Scholars’ forums and talks from internal and external professionals in specific fields
High Performance Athlete Programme (HPAP)
The High Performance Athlete Programme (HPAP) is designed to assist our young sportsmen and sportswomen as they progress throughout the school. The programme aims to educate in areas such as nutrition, psychology, workload management and elite performance. By balancing external and internal resources, we are able to create the perfect environment for reaching and exceeding sporting potential. Following an application, which is completed at the end of each academic year, students are divided into four tiers depending on their sporting achievements.
- Platinum – International Representation
- Gold – Regional Representation
- Silver – County Representation
- Bronze – District/Elite School Player
Students can receive access to the following:
- Biomechanical Screening and Growth Monitoring
- Termly Fitness Testing
- Individual Training Programme
- Training Programme Review (Once a Term)
- Individual and Group Mentoring
- ‘Basics of Nutrition’ Seminar
- ‘Energy Balance’ Seminar
- ‘Hydration’ Seminar
- ‘Parent and Child Psychology’ Seminar
- ‘Performance Psychology’ Seminar
- ‘Safety in Social Media’ Seminar
- ‘University Challenge’ Workshop (Y10-13 Only)
- Access to Weekly Drop In
- Mr ET Thorogood BSc (Hons) (Head of School Sport)
- Miss P Caudle BSc (Head of Girls’ Sport)
- Mr B King BSc (Head of Rugby)
- Mr M Arafat (Head of Cricket)
- Mr C Giles (Head of Hockey)
- Ms K Harding (Teacher of PE)
- Mr J Kelly ((Head of Cricket & Teacher of PE)
- Ms B Holmes (PE Assistant and Ski-racing Co-ordinator)
- Mr S Smith (Sports Graduate)