Saturday, 22 February 2020

You don’t have to be ‘sporty’ to enjoy sport

GREAT learning is rich, varied and should offer challenges and rewards far beyond the classroom.

GREAT learning is rich, varied and should offer challenges and rewards far beyond the classroom.

The wellbeing benefits of extracurricular activities — having fun, making new friends and feeling good — are linked to higher academic performance and involvement in sport is an excellent example.

Your daughter certainly doesn’t have to be “sporty” to enjoy sport at St Helen and St Katharine, which is based in Faringdon Road, Abingdon.

Differentiating between PE lessons, voluntary clubs, sport practices and training squads and delivering a balanced, accessible and inspiring programme — everything from badminton and basketball, to dance and dressage, fencing and football — enables us to inspire girls positively in a way that suits them. The school’s director of sport, Sarah Wilson, said: “This has been another fantastic year — from the hundreds of girls participating in voluntary sports clubs each week for enjoyment, fitness or competition; being represented in the national finals of more sports than ever before; to the 18 girls wearing GB shirts proudly to represent the country in international competitions.

“Covered in glory at an international championship or just covered in mud on the lacrosse pitch, we celebrate involvement, effort and progress at all levels. Being competitive and winning as individuals and teams is important, so elite sportswomen have everything they need to become champions — but we also we believe that ‘having a go’ — at anything new or different — should be championed too.

“Our new leading-edge sports centre opening in the autumn will impact every girl and reinforce our reputation as one of the leading independent girls’ schools for sport in the UK.

This flexible — and huge — space can house everything from national league standard netball and badminton matches to indoor hockey, to facilitate a wider range of higher quality activities.

It’s a clear statement about the importance of sport at St Helen’s, curricular and extracurricular, demonstrating that it is possible to achieve ‘sport for all’ alongside success in elite competition.

This will be a facility to be proud of well into the future.” Please do contact us to find out more. Our next open day will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 10am to 2.30pm.

This is a lively and informal occasion and there is no need to book to attend.

For more information, please visit our website at

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