Worth has long had a reputation for sporting excellence, with our pupils achieving representative regional and international honours, as well as Junior World Championship and European, Commonwealth and Olympic medals.
Boys and girls in Years 8 and 8 train at separate times from senior pupils, allowing them free access to all the facilities of the School, and also access to the very best of the Senior School coaching. Worth’s leading coaches have also played at the highest level professionally and won international honours. All pupils take part in the formal timetabled sports programme. Enthusiastic games players, and those who represent the School in sports teams, will generally train more frequently than this.
The core team sports at Worth for boys in Years 7 and 8 are cricket, football, hockey, tennis and rugby and for girls in Years 7 and 8 the sports are athletics, cricket, hockey, lacrosse, netball and tennis. Badminton, basketball, cross country, fencing, girls’ football, golf, rounders, squash and swimming are also offered. Whilst there is a strong focus on the core team sports during the main games sessions, there are opportunities to access a broader curriculum through PE and the Wider Curriculum Programme.
In Years 7 and 8 as well as being part of a House, boys and girls are split into ‘Abbot Leagues’ to compete in inter-league competitions. There are three lragues, each made up of day boys and girls from Austin as well as boarders from Junior Rutherford. The leagues themselves are named after the last three abbots of Worth; Taggart, Jamison and Ortiger. Over the course of the year, pupils compete in a number of different sporting, academic and artistic events to gain points for their league. The most important element of any inter-league activity is getting involved and giving your best for your league.
Set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside, Worth is blessed with excellent facilities, including 11 rugby/football pitches, four cricket wickets, a floodlit Astropitch and a golf course, all of which are available to boys and girls in Years 7 and 8. The Sports Hall, squash courts, fencing salle, hard court area, multi-gym and cardiovascular suite provide additional facilities, and there are exciting plans for further development in the future.
Strong affiliations and links with local sports clubs provide even greater opportunities for our pupils, including use of 3G playing surfaces, artificial athletics tracks and an Olympic-sized swimming pool at the nearby state-of-the-art sports centre.
TALENTED ATHLETE SUPPORT PROGRAMME
The Talented Athlete Support Programme (TASP) is designed to offer the essential support a committed and ambitious sportsperson requires to help them towards achieving their goals in their chosen sport(s) whilst they are at Worth. These pupils may be Sports Scholars but the programme is open to all athletes that aspire towards high performance levels. TASP encompasses all elements of training and performance as well as academic and pastoral support. Elements of TASP include: one-to-one/small group coaching with top coaches, access to video analysis and performance monitoring, strength and conditioning, nutritional advice and performance monitoring, and access to top quality competition through fixtures, pathway programmes and club links.
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