There is a huge programme of co-curricular sporting activities on offer at Queen's College running throughout the week and on Saturdays, giving sporting enthusiasts the opportunity to do at least one sporting activity every day should they so wish! As well as club opportunities for the major sports (rugby, hockey, netball, athletics, cricket, swimming, tennis) pupils can participate in a range of other sports including cross country, badminton, basketball and canoe polo. Pupils have been nationally placed in hockey, swimming, cross country, athletics and riding this year.
Recently we opened a Hockey Academy to encourage youngsters, under the watchful eye of our South African Olympian and coach Ian Haley, to improve their hockey skills; this is also open to talented hockey players in the local area. This year three teams have reached the nationals and our U11 girls and boys, U14 girls and boys and U16 girls and boys have all reached the West of England Championships. To see more details about our Hockey Academy please click here.
Last spring we also extended our sporting excellence by opening a Cricket Academy run by former Somerset cricketer, Gary Palmer. As an Old Queenian with a high level of cricket experience, Gary is a highly regarded specialist batting coach to a number of professional cricketers currently on the English county circuit. The techniques utilised by Gary have already had noticeable effects on the skills of the young people involved. Again, this Academy is not only open to Queen’s cricketers but also to talented cricketers from across the region. Former Somerset CCC player Arul Suppiah joined Queen’s College as Director of Cricket in January 2014 and he is looking forward to helping to improve the standard of cricket for both boys and girls across all of the age groups. For information on our Cricket Academy please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cross country and athletics are also strong and are both part of the curriculum and a co-curricular activity taking place at weekends during the season. Pupils enter national competitions and have recently won two cross country titles as well as having national representation in running.
At Queen's we are fortunate in being able to provide some of the best sporting facilities in the South West. Our superbly maintained playing fields extend to over 30 acres and provide seven rugby pitches, several cricket squares, a grass athletics track and rounders pitches. We have two state-of the-art Astroturf pitches providing us with superb hockey facilities which double up to provide tennis courts in the summer. The hard court surface in the middle of the field is used for netball in the Spring term and for tennis in the Autumn and Summer terms. Alongside this area are cricket nets for use in the Summer term.
The large and spacious Sports Hall is extensively used for gymnastics, dance, basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor hockey and indoor tennis. There is also a squash court adjoining the Sports Hall and an extremely well-equipped fitness room where students are provided with individual training programmes and group classes.
Within the sports complex there is an indoor heated pool which is used at various times both for team and recreational swimming. Swimming is a strength at Queen’s College and we currently have swimmers in the national training squads. Team swimming, canoe polo and diving are regular activities throughout the year.
The department has ten sports specialists as well as a team of qualified sports enthusiasts who undertake training for specific teams in particular year groups. Sportsmen and women are always welcome to join the sports tours which are run both in the UK and abroad and have included in recent years travelling to South Africa, Canada and Barbados.