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Your body – sports

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Basketball

Recreational basketball happens on a Tuesday and Thursday in the sports centre, with some sessions coached by former Argentinian international player Diego Maggi.

It is a chance to try out a new sport, improve your skills and maybe even get selected for the school team. It is open to all with an interest in trying out something exciting and new.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? TBC
When does it happen? 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Who is in charge? Mrs Fettes

Rackets

Rackets is open to the whole school, and is open all the time. It is one of the most exciting, but also one of the most difficult sports in the World.

No one plays Rackets until age 13, and so Wellington is a great place to start. Similar in many ways to squash, and popular with cricketers and tennis players, this sport has traditionally attracted those most gifted sports people in the school. Current students have become national champions and two OW’S have gone on to become World Champions.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? TBC
When does it happen? All the time
Who is in charge? Mr Tulley (twitter @wcracketsclub)

Squash

For those wanting to play squash socially, we offer sessions on a Monday and Friday afternoon from 4.35pm – 5.30pm.

Please make sure you wear goggles and correct kit. There is professional coaching available for those who express an interest.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? TBC
When does it happen? Monday & Friday 4.35pm – 5.30pm
Who is in charge? Mr Meads

Real Tennis

Real Tennis is the latest rackets sport at Wellington College and is proving to be very popular and exciting sport to play and learn.

Real Tennis is available to all students during sports in the afternoon. We have regular fixtures against other schools and colleges plus national tournaments throughout the season.  If you would like to register, please visit the club and we will find a suitable time to introduce you to the game of Real Tennis.

Real tennis is also available to teachers, parents and friends. If you would like to find out more or experience the game first hand please contact Mr Roundell on sfr@wellingtoncollege.org.uk or Danny Jones on dpj@wellingtonfitness.co.uk for more information.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? TBC
When does it happen? During sports in the afternoons
Who is in charge? Mr Roundell and Danny Jones

Tennis

Tennis is a very busy summer term sport with over 20 teams representing the college, with a full fixture list.

Throughout the two winter terms, we are proud to offer professional coaching both 1:1 and to groups. Head Coach Chris Hearn is in almost every day coaching pupils in their spare time. He has recently won the World Over 50’s Mixed Doubles Championships. Details on how to get involved are on the intranet.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? TBC
When does it happen? Winter terms (in free time).  Summer term (as a sport and free time)
Who is in charge? Mr Tulley (twitter @wellytennis)

Open Water / Cross-Channel Swimming

The Wellington College Open Water Swimming Club has completed the English Channel relay crossing for the past 3 years and this year the Channel Swim is booked for the final week of the Summer Term.

The training is open to all those interested in open water swimming. The training includes acclimatising to (cold!) open water at Horseshoe Lake early evenings and mornings Michaelmas Term (Mondays and Fridays at 5.00pm, Saturday mornings at 7.00am). For those interested in Channel swimming, this will be non-wetsuit swimming, but there will also be events / training for wetsuit swimmers.

Training outdoors pauses at October half term and moves into the indoor pool (Mon & Wed 9.00 – 9.45pm). Training and selection resumes in the Summer Term, in the outdoor pool and every Sunday in Dover Harbour, building up to the 2 hour qualifying swim. In Summer Half Term, there will be a training camp in Brighton, including night swimming and some iconic swims along Brighton seafront!

There are six places in the channel swim relay team – each person swims for one hour in rotation for approx. 12-15 hours in total.

If you’ve already swum in the relay in previous years, do sign up as we will be aiming to organise some other events, including the possibility of solo swims of Lake Windermere and across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? TBC
When does it happen? Various times through all terms (see description)
Who is in charge? Mr Murphy ( twitter @wellyopenwater) rabm@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Sailing

The Wellington College Sailing Club (WCSC) prides itself on being a fully co-educational club at Wellington for all year groups.

We sail at Horseshoe Lake, which is around 10 minutes from Wellington. Sailing is a summer term sports option, although if you would like to combine it with another sport then please get in touch. Places are limited due to number of boats – initial sign up is at the college carnival in September and also by invitation. If you missed the sign up at the college carnival then just send an email to Mr Peat. We welcome interest from all year groups and abilities, although experienced sailors are particularly encouraged to put themselves forward. Interviews for those newly interested in sailing will happen in the second half of the Lent term. These will involve an assessment of your prior sailing experience and of your reasons for wishing to join the club. Georgie Huckle is this year’s Captain. Please contact Mr Peat at ojp@wellingtoncollege.org.uk if you have any questions.

Who is it open to? All years (although places are limited)
Where does it take place? Horseshoe Lake
When does it happen? Tuesdays/Thursday/Saturdays in the Summer term (summer sports option)
Who is in charge? Mr Peat (OJP)

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving is open to everyone. It takes place at various points during the year in our indoor and outdoor pools and culminates in a summer trip in July.

July. Pupils can do courses in all the PADI dive qualifications from Open Water Referral (no experience necessary) all the way through to Divemaster. Courses consist of a theory module sat through an e-learning portal and then a series of pool sessions where the practical skills are learnt. The trip in the summer is a fantastic opportunity for students to cement their training with a week of diving every day. They stay on a live-aboard boat, and move dive sites each day to give students a variety of open water experience from shipwrecks to reefs, drift dives, deep dives etc. Over the last six years the trips have gone to Egypt and the Maldives and this year we are back to the Maldives with world renowned reefs and wrecks.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Indoor & Outdoor Pools
When does it happen? Open water courses November & May.  Rescue diver course in May.  Summer trip in July.
Who is in charge? Dr O’Loughlin jmao@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Fencing

Fencing currently takes place either in Cherry court studio above the sports centre café or in Waterloo Hall.

We have many matches throughout Michaelmas and Lent Terms against other schools including, Winchester, Eton and Marlborough with the season ending with Public Schools Fencing championships in March at Crystal Palace.

Training takes place throughout the afternoon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and is open to all pupils. For further information contact Mr North (rwn@wellingtoncollege.org.uk).

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Cherry Court Studio or Waterloo Hall
When does it happen? Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays (afternoons)
Who is in charge? Mr North (rwn@wellingtoncollege.org.uk)

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is the Korean Art of self-defence and means ‘Art of Hand and Foot’. It is a version of an ancient form of unarmed combat practised for many centuries in the Orient.

Tae Kwon-Do was perfected in its present form in Korea. Tae Kwon Do lessons are currently run at College by Miss Jackie Marie and Mr Howard Douglas and are arranged directly with HED Tae Kwon Do http://www.hedgroup.com/ they are willing to expand provision at Wellington and all enquiries to them should be copied to Mr Kirkham. Training may have to move locations occasionally, so check with the instructors.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? TBC
When does it happen? Wednesdays & Fridays 4.45pm – 5.45pm
Who is in charge? Mr Kirkham

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art practised as much for defense training as for its health benefits.

Developing your body and mind at the same time! Classes can be arranged if there is interest; contact Mr Kirkham for further details.

Who is it open to? TBC
Where does it take place? TBC
When does it happen? TBC
Who is in charge? Mr Kirkham

Cross Country

Cross country now runs for two of the school terms, with the majority of its fixtures in the Lent term. Growing interest amongst both boys and girls of all standards has seen the cross country team more than double in numbers in the past year.

The Cross Country club meets at North Front under the clock tower on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2.30pm, and Saturdays at 13.30. All runs cater for a wide range of abilities, for all Year Groups and for staff as well as pupils. Whether you are looking to improve your running, fitness or see some of the local area you are welcome to join the cross country run.  If you have any questions about Cross Country do please contact Mrs Lynch at dal@wellingtoncollege.org.uk.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? North Front (under the clock tower)
When does it happen? Tuesdays & Thursday 2.30pm.  Saturdays 1.30pm (Michaelmas and Lent terms only)
Who is in charge? Mrs Lynch

Equestrian

Recreational Riding happens on a Tuesday and Thursday at a local BHS approved yard- Burley Lodge.

It is a chance to try out a new sport, improve your skills and maybe even get selected for the school team. It is open to all with an interest in trying out something exciting and new.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? BHS approved yard, Burley Lodge
When does it happen? Tuesday 2.30pm – 4.45pm & Thursday 4.30pm – 6.45pm
Who is in charge? Miss Bavin

Ski Racing

Ski Racing is open to all students of all age groups, who are interested in developing their ski race skills and wish to represent the school in this challenging and exciting sport.

The teams will be selected from these sessions. The race training takes place at Alpine Snowsports in Aldershot, on Tuesday afternoons from 2.30 – 6.30pm. There is a charge of £20/£25 per session including all equipment and experienced professional race coaches. The races that are open to pupils are prestigious British Schoolgirls Races and the British Schoolboys Races, both of which are held at the end of January. In December, there is the Canada Cup in Jasper, which is open to both boys and girls. Please contact Mr Clarke for further details.

Please note; your timetable sport option ordinarily takes priority. Please consult with Mr Clarke and Miss Brown if you are interested in ski-racing.

Who is it open to? All years (upon selection)
Where does it take place? Alpine Snowsports, Aldershot
When does it happen? Tuesday 2.30pm – 6.30pm
Who is in charge? Mr Clarke

Get Started!

If you have any questions about the information below please contact the named staff in charge or contact Mr Kirkham on sjk@wellingtoncollege.org.uk. Similarly, if you wish to adapt or create a club yourself email or chat to Mr Kirkham. We warmly welcome pupil led activities and will support you in any way we can.

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