Sport at Clayesmore Senior School
Clayesmore is very well-equipped with fabulous playing fields and games courts.
There is a full size, flood-lit, all-weather hockey pitch, which converts into a large number of tennis courts for the summer. The indoor sports centre has long been a major feature of Clayesmore life, with its large hall, indoor cricket nets, badminton and squash courts, multi-gym and indoor 25m swimming pool.
The sporting programme for pupils is extensive and offers a huge variety of opportunity in a range of sports at all levels. The principal boys’ sports are rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics and tennis. Football, swimming, squash, sailing, cross country and fitness are also available. For girls, the major sports are hockey, netball, athletics and tennis. The girls also have a thriving cricket team and may choose squash, sailing, cross country and swimming as they move up through the school. Both girls and boys can opt to take riding lessons each week, and the school has developed a very successful team that competes across the County in dressage, show jumping and cross-country events. Riders are now also able to study for their BHS (British Horse Society) Stage 1-3 exams. These are accredited qualifications leading to the BHSAI (assistant instructor) award which counts towards UCAS points.
We are lucky to have lots of other schools against whom we play in many sports and there is a busy programme of fixtures and tournaments throughout term time. Some pupils participate at county level and some nationally and we are very supportive of this, offering them as much flexibility as we can to ensure they are able to take part in training and events. Obviously, we are very proud of their achievements!
The Sports Development Group is for any pupil who wishes to enhance a specific skill through extra conditioning sessions or improve their general fitness throughout the year with specialist training and activities. The Group is run by Chris Humpage, an ex-international athlete in four different disciplines and ex-conditioning coach with Bath and Richmond RFCs.