Sport at Northbourne Park

Our aims and objectives
To give every child the best sporting opportunity, whilst endeavouring to help each individual fulfil their true potential.

How do we do this?
By providing great facilities and a wide range of sporting disciplines. We believe in achieving this through a dedicated, professional and caring team of Games staff. The Games Department is currently divided into two sections, Boys Games and Girls Games. They both fall under the same umbrella and we liaise regularly.

Pre Prep
A new and exciting development has been the design and implementation of a P.E. / Games curriculum in the Pre-Prep. We believe that providing a structured yet fun approach to sport at a young age can only help each child to develop sporting talents further and faster. It also provides the school with a uniform method of teaching PE and Games from Nursery through to Year 8.

Sporting Choices
We offer a wide variety of activities throughout each academic year.  On offer for the boys is football, rugby, cricket, tennis, badminton, athletics, cross-country, hockey and swimming. Girls’ sports include rounders, hockey, netball, badminton, swimming, cross- country, athletics and lacrosse.

Specialists
Over the last three years we have formed partnerships with Kent Cricket Board, Dover Athletic District Football, Pace Football Foundation and Deal and Betteshanger Rugby Club. These organisations provide the school with technical support and specialist coaches.

Trials
As children begin to show a higher level of attainment in certain sports, we enrol them in district and county trials.

Scholarships
We annually advise, support and facilitate talented students in their quest to achieve Sports Scholarships to top Senior Schools.

Matches, age groups, Games sessions
We understand that not everyone finds all sports easy to learn. We play against a range of local prep and primary schools. Every term we select boys and girls to represent the school in three main age groups U9, U11 and U13. We try to provide as many teams and fixtures as possible and in some cases even go on tour. Every child at Northbourne Park attends between three and five training sessions a week, with fixtures inbetween. The pupils read out their match reports after each match to encourage their public speaking and team spirit.

Facilities
The school boasts an outdoor swimming pool, a sports hall with modern changing room facilities as well as  picturesque sports fields comprising of a colts pitch, a senior pitch and two U9 pitches. We also have an enviable cross-country course, another mini field and three tennis courts.

P.E. lessons
We run these every week, with all children attending a double lesson from Year 3 through to Year 7 and 8 combined with the two French Classes.

The PE Curriculum
This includes volleyball, gymnastics, co-ordination and skills sessions, Health Related Fitness, X – Country, Dance, Badminton, Athletics, Basketball and short Tennis.

We have very keenly contested Inter House competitions every term. These competitions run in rugby, football, hockey, netball, rounders, cross-country, swimming, athletics, the eagerly anticipated Burton Race and Sports Olympiad.

Clubs
There is a fantastic range of sporting clubs to choose from, some fee paying, others not. Fencing, Girls football, golf, horse-riding, swimming, running, cycling, board games, clay pigeon shooting as well as extra cricket coaching in our indoor cricket nets are all on offer.

And finally!
We understand that sport bridges gaps, crosses cultures and adds other dimensions to  school life. We firmly believe in what we teach the children, readying them for a diverse yet challenging sporting environment where each person can find their niche and learn to love and enjoy sport whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This will ultimately prepare them for when they reach their respective senior schools as well as for the rest of their lives.

For more information, please do contact the school – we would love to show you the sights and sounds of our Sports Department.

Craig Riley, Director of Sport.