Sport is central to life at Eltham College. Students participate in a wide and varied PE and Games programme which focuses on the development of fundamental motor skills, development of physical literacy and to create a lifelong interest in sport and leisure.
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.
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.
2019/20 Sport Tours
|Michaelmas Term 2020|
|Year 11 - Upper Sixth Rugby Tournament, Ipswich||18 October - 20 October||Mr Jervis|
|Year 11 – U6 Hockey tour to The Netherlands||20 - 25 October||Mr Thorogood|
|Year 9 - 10 Waterpolo Trip, Athens||27 October - 1 November||Mr Wright|
|Lent Term 2020|
|Sixth Form Netball Weekend||17 - 19 January||Miss Caudle|
|Ski Race Team, Wengen, Switzerland||25 - 30 January||Miss Evans|
|Year 8 - 11 Senior School Ski Trip, Les Menuires||15 - 22 February||Mr Hindocha|
|Year 7 Sports Development Tour||30 March - 1 April||Mr Thorogood|
|Summer Term 2020|
|Landgraaf Ski Race Team Training||TBC||Miss Evans|
|Summer Holidays 2020|
|Year 11 to Lower Sixth Form Senior Rugby Tour, Argentina and Uruguay||6 - 19 July||Mr Jervis|
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.
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.
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.
- Mr ET Thorogood BSc (Hons) (Head of School Sport)
- Mr S Jervis BA (Hons) MA (Director of Rugby, Head of Sports Scholarships)
- Mr B King BSc (Head of High Performance)
- Miss P Caudle BSc (Head of Girls’ Sport)
- 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)