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SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

We hope every child will find a sport they can enjoy and will continue with after they leave school to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so we make sport and physical activity an integral part of our overall education.  We offer our pupils a wide range of sports to play, and we give them support and expertise to help them to develop their performance in the areas they choose.

When you come to Wells, the first thing that strikes you is our amazing grounds – we’re so lucky to have one of the most stunning cricket pitches in the country. But even more important than that is the quality of the staff. I’m so proud to have an amazing team here who are incredibly talented and deeply dedicated to supporting our pupils.

Our philosophy is to enable and empower our pupils – whatever their ability level – to understand their own bodies and what they need to do progress and improve. Happily, we have some great success stories of Wells pupils representing their county and even their country.

I’m passionate about what we do, and I’d love to show you around our beautiful part of the world. Please get in touch – I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Webley, Director of Sport

Facilities

Our outstanding facilities include:

  • Cedars Field, widely recognised as being one of the finest cricket pitches in the county
  • a state-of-the-art new astro used for hockey in the winter and tennis in the summer
  • a large sports hall that boasts a fitness suite and climbing wall
  • an open-air swimming pool with a retractable roof that is enjoyed year-round
  • hard courts for tennis and netball
  • a dance studio
  • two full-size pitches suitable for rugby, football, cricket and athletics
  • a new Sports Pavilion, providing lovely views of Cedars Field for spectators
  • a brand-new MUGA (Multi Use Games Area). This fully enclosed all-weather sports facility offers four cricket lanes for bowling and batting practice, alongside an open area that can be used for multiple sports activities.

Our Sport Coaches

Our Director of Sport Tom Webley is a former professional cricketer for Somerset CCC and has completed his ECB Level 4 Coaching Award. He is supported by a team of passionate qualified coaches and teachers. Our heads for each sport include Jeremy Boot (cricket), Glenn Channing (rugby), Tammie Williams (netball), James Mayes (hockey) and Gemma Pritchard (tennis).

The in-house team is complemented by regular visits from professional sport consultants, who inspire our pupils through masterclasses and lectures. Recent visitors have included:

  • former England Rugby Head Coach Brian Ashton MBE, who currently mentors coaches from Man Utd, Man City and Everton, amongst others
  • Sports psychologist Steve Bull, who has worked with the England cricket team (including during their famous 2005 Ashes win) and Team GB in the Olympic Games
  • GB and England hockey player Tom Carson.

It’s fantastic working with the Wells Cathedral Staff and pupils. They are pioneering an empowering approach to developing innovative, problem solving, self sufficient learners.

Brian Ashton, former England Rugby Head Coach and our current Sports Mentor

Options

We offer a number of sport options across the year, including:

  • Air Rifle Club
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Running Club
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Sports Scholars Programme

We award scholarships for current ability and potential. In addition to a financial award, scholars flourish with extra sport sessions, mentoring, regular personal fitness meetings and specialist support. Our sport enrichment programme aims to support each pupil to balance academic lessons with extra training and competitions so that all of our sports scholars will be able to achieve the best of his or her ability. We review our scholarship programme regularly.

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Opportunities

Our competitive 1st teams play regularly on a strong circuit across the region in all major sports. We provide training pre-season and during the week and support our pupils who represent the County or above in their chosen sports, some of whom have gone on to represent Great Britain and help win County and Regional Championships. We extend our offering through our links to local clubs – such as Bath Rugby Club, Clifton Robinsons HC and Tor Netball Club – and by providing workshops from visiting professional athletes. Some of our athletes have extended their development with overseas tours to experience sport abroad.

Pupils of all abilities have opportunities to take part in sport at an appropriate level to enable them to develop their skills and be part of a team. Every term, day and boarding pupils are encouraged to take part in competitions for house trophies, and everyone has a healthy competitive spirit for the house championships. Our fitness suite stays open after school.

Leadership Opportunities

We offer an outstanding Sports Leadership Programme. In Lower Sixth, our sports leaders undertake a practical-based course to learn how to deliver sport safely as well as earn their Young First Aider qualification. The programme culminates in a sports leader-led tournament.

We also offer a Young Sports Leadership Programme for athletes in Years 7 and 8 who have additional skills sessions and learn the following topics at greater depth: nutrition, injury prevention, sports psychology, strength and conditioning, goal setting and pathway to elite sport.

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