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.
Please click here for information about Games for each term.
Core and Co-Curricular Sport
|Core Sport (Boys)|
|Core Sport (Girls)|
|Core Sport (Girls Year 7 2020)|
|Social Soccer||Running Club||Tennis|
|Pilates||Weight Training||Dance Fitness|
Throughout the year the College arranges various tours and outdoor trips for sports teams.
2018/19 Sport Tours
|Michaelmas Term 2018|
|Year 11 - Upper Sixth Rugby Tournament, Ipswich||19 October - 3 November||Mr Howard|
|Year 11 – U6 Cricket tour to Sri Lanka|
|Lent Term 2019|
|Year 11 - Upper Sixth Hockey Tournament, Norwich||January 2019 (dates tbc)||Mr Thorogood|
|Ski Race Team, Wengen, Switzerland||January 2019 (dates tbc)||Miss Evans|
|Senior School Ski Trip, Les Menuires||tbc||Mr Willatt|
|Year 11 Adventure Course||Dates tbc||Mr Hill|
|Year 7 Sports Development Tour||8-10 April 2019||Mr Thorogood|
|Summer Term 2019|
|Landgraaf Ski Race Team Training||Miss Evans|
|Field Week 2018|
|Year 10 DEAS, Peak District||27-30 June||Mr Copley|
|Summer Holidays 2019|
|Year 11 to Lower Sixth Form Senior Rugby Tour||Mr Howard|
The school runs 15 teams in the senior school 16 teams in the junior school. The 1st XV recently reached the last 32 in the country in the Nat West Cup and we are current Kent u14 champions In addition to the 15-a-side fixtures the school also plays Sevens in Lent Term and have won 3 Kent finals in the last couple of years. 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 and Our 1st XI, U16s and U14s reached the Kent Cup finals in 2018. The school will put out 12 sides on a full Saturday block fixture against strong opposition including St Georges, Weybridge, Felsted, St Lawrence College and Trinity. Several of our players have gained representative honours and we currently have twenty boys in the County set up as well as 3 at regional and 3 at international performance centres.
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 U15s 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. The school has also built a relationship with Kent CCC as one of their performance hub schools and we attract local talented cricketers to use the superb on site facilities.
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)
- Mr S Jervis BA (Hons) MA (Head of Rugby, Head of Sports Scholarships)
- Mr B King BSc (Head of High Performance)
- Miss P Caudle BSc (Head of Girls Games)
- Mr D McGeekie BSc (Head of Aquatics)
- Mr JL Baldwin BSc (Master in Charge of Cricket)
- Mr M Arafat (Cricket Professional)
- Mr S Smith (Sports Graduate)
- Miss E Evans (Head of Ski Racing)
- Mr C Giles (Hockey Professional)
- Mr L Bowman (PE Assistant)