Co-Curricular

Co-Curricular Sport

St Edmund’s School provides opportunities for all pupils to participate in co-curricular sport, and so enjoy the many attendant benefits – increased fitness and skills; increased confidence; and experience in communication, teamwork and leadership.

Pupils can use the facilities outside the formal curriculum to exercise alone or with friends – for example, the swimming pool, tennis courts and fitness suite – or can take part in a rich and varied palette of competitive and recreational team sport opportunities.

Football

St Edmund’s is the only independent school in the area to offer football as its main invasion game, and is very successful at local level. Many of our pupils play for clubs outside school, and our burgeoning relationship with Chelsea Football Club’s youth development team will provide pathways for individuals to develop their game beyond school.

Girls’ football is increasingly popular, and we encourage pupils of all abilities to play football, improve their skills and develop their understanding of the game. We push our elite players, but also provide for those who wish to play recreationally.

 

Hockey

Hockey has been a staple of sporting life at St Edmund’s in recent years. We field boys’ and girls’ teams across all age groups, with fixtures at a local and regional level. The school enjoys tournament success, and welcomes schools in the area to our own high-level competitions. Many of our pupils play for local clubs (we work closely with Canterbury Hockey Club) and we arrange hockey tours – most recently to Holland.

Cricket

Cricket is pursued with great passion and success at St Edmund’s by both boys and girls, with our pupil body including county and international players

We field boys’ teams across all age groups, and have an excellent competitive record. The 1st XI fixtures list now includes the MCC, and from 2020 the team will play on a new ground.

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Practice and net sessions are available to all, with pupils benefiting from the coaching expertise of ex-professionals such as Hartley Alleyne (West Indies) and Chris Penn (Kent). International tours are a popular feature of cricket life at St Edmund’s, with the next scheduled for Barbados in July 2020.

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Athletics

Athletics forms part of the PE and Games curriculum. We take pride in spotting potential in our students, and enter teams in local and district competitions. Many pupils go on to represent Canterbury’s Invicta East Kent Athletics Club, taking their performance to county and national level. We encourage all pupils to take part in track and field events, and our annual Sports Day is a highlight of the St Edmund’s calendar.

Tennis

Tennis is a Games option for Senior boys and girls in the summer term, with an emphasis on balancing fun with achievement. Coaching is available from our own instructor, and we field competitive teams, taking part in local and district cup and league matches.

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Each year, those representing the school are invited to join a trip to Wimbledon.

Less formally, boarders and day pupils have the opportunity to play recreational tennis every day after school in the Summer and Michaelmas terms.

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Netball

Netball thrives at St Edmund’s. We have excellent facilities, and pupils enjoy expert coaching and have the opportunity to train and play competitively from U14 to Senior teams – all of which compete successfully. A number of our players train with Canterbury Netball Academy, and we offer the opportunity for players to watch professional teams and to join tours such as the recent trip to Barbados.

Pupil voice

“I love St Edmund’s sport because the staff are so supportive. When I joined in Year 6 I had never played hockey or netball, but my teachers showed me the ropes and I’ve loved playing both sports ever since.” Amelie Newies

Other sports and activities

Other sports on offer include rubgy, trampolining, dance, climbing, golf, equestrianism, basketball, handball, badminton, indoor rowing, rounders and swimming.