Sports A - Z<h1 style="text-align: center;">SPORTS A-Z</h1> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Athletics at Tettenhall College forms an important part of our summer sports' curriculum and is taught to all pupils from year 1 upwards during the Summer term. This culminates in the Senior School annual sports day at RAF Cosford's Athletics Stadium where parents and pupils gather to watch children from year 5 up compete for the House Cup. Our younger athletes participate in their own sports day on the School's sports fields.
Cricket is one of our most popular sports at Tettenhall College and has formed part of our sporting curriculum since we first opened our doors in 1863. The tradition of strong cricketers continues today with several professional county cricketers amongst our alumni. Many of our current pupils throughout the School play at county level, some of them playing above their age group and captaining their sides.
Cricket is taught in the summer to girls and boys and we have coaching links with Wolverhampton Cricket Club who help us with our winter training programme. On site we have both a senior and junior cricket square set in beautiful surroundings and overlooked by our own pavilion; this is the setting for our annual School v Old Tettenhallian's Cricket match.
Tettenhall College has a strong ethos of fitness for all our pupils and consequently everybody takes part in our House Cross Country event which is held annually in September. The infamous TC mile through our woodland grounds provides a wonderful course for our cross country runners and this is used for our pupils to warm up prior to their games sessions. We host regional events and our pupils take part in the ISA Cross Country championship every year with several qualifying for the national finals.
Dance is taught to both girls and boys in Years 7 and 8 on a weekly basis by a qualified dance teacher. From September 2017 dance will be included in our Key Stage 4 sports' curriculum and will be offered as a GCSE option. Styles such as Bollywood, contemporary and street are taught as well as choreographic techniques, all providing a broad range of dance experience and opportunity.
Fencing is taught as an extra-curricular subject from Year 3 upwards and we have enjoyed considerable success at national level with our senior fencers.
Football is a major sport during the Spring term and we have two full-sized football pitches in our grounds. We take part in several local and regional competitions and our U14 team finished runners up in the Midlands ISA competition in 2016.
Hockey is one of our major sports and is taught throughout the Autumn and Spring term to girls from year 3 upwards. Teams from all year groups participate in local fixtures and ISA tournaments and several girls have been selected to play at County level.
Netball is one of our major sports and is taught throughout the Autumn and Spring term to all girls from year 3 upwards. With both indoor and outdoor courts available throughout the year, the school fields netball teams in all age groups and has enjoyed considerable successes in key competitions, with many players being selected to play at county level.
Rounders is our main summer sport for girls and we have four full-sized pitches on which teams from year 3 upwards can practise. We have enjoyed considerable success in the sport, winning the Wolverhampton Primary Schools Tournament in 2015 as well as having an England U16 player in our Senior School.
Rugby is one of our major sports and is taught throughout the Autumn and Spring term to all boys from year 3 upwards. With extensive rugby pitches, the school fields rugby teams in all age groups and has enjoyed considerable successes in key competitions, with many players being selected to play at county level. The U13 team finished runners up in Midlands ISA Rugby competition in 2016.
We are fortunate to have our own squash courts on-site and squash is one of our developing sports with the formation of our Squash Development Squad in 2016. It is taught as part of our extra-curricular programme to all interested pupils from year 3 upwards. Squash is also an extended day activity and we have formed strong links with Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash club allowing for professional coaches to work with our pupils.
Swimming is a very important element of our sports' curriculum and we are fortunate to have our own on-site indoor heated swimming pool which is an ideal size for teaching and coaching. All pupils from Pre-School upwards take part in swimming lessons, the youngest children swimming with their own teachers whilst under the supervision of a qualified swimming coach. Swimming continues as a games lesson throughout Senior School until Year 9 after which it is a popular games option for our older pupils.
Our elite swimmers are part of our Swimming Academy that trains twice a week before the start of school. These early morning sessions are followed by breakfast in the boarding house ready to start the school day. We take part in many local and regional competitions and enjoy considerable success at this level.
Lifeguard training is a popular option in our Extended Day timetable for year 6 swimmers upwards and there are lunch time developers and improvers sessions for all our pupils.
Tennis is one of our summer sports and is taught to both boys and girls from Reception upwards starting with racket skills for our younger pupils. We are fortunate to have four full-sized outdoor tennis courts as well as indoor facilities in our sports hall. We have strong links with Wolverhampton and Newbridge Tennis and Squash club and our elite players have all year round training with their coaches. Tennis is also offered as an extra-curricular activity and is a very popular after school club.
Gymnastics is taught in the Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 curriculum and is a fundamental sport that helps pupils control core strength and performance skills. Many of our pupils compete at club level and we even have a member of the GB squad who's training is very much supported by the school. Our pupils take part in the ISA and Wolverhampton Schools competitions.