Sport is, and always will be, a major priority at Withington. We maintain excellent rankings in all sporting competitions despite having a pupil roll which is half that of many of the schools we compete against. Our small size also means that, proportionally, more of our girls are likely to get the chance to play competitive sport.
Withington’s Sport and Fitness Centre
Sports practice sessions are structured to enable girls to take part in Netball, Lacrosse and Hockey rather than, as at many other schools, be forced to choose just one. Additionally, the PE and Music departments coordinate schedules so that girls are able to pursue both musical and sporting interests outside school hours.
Lunchtime clubs are open to all girls and teams represent the school in netball, lacrosse and hockey in the two winter terms and in tennis, athletics and rounders in the summer term. Throughout the year, there is a packed after-school programme of sports practices and matches against other schools.
Other sports clubs that move away from the more traditional sports and physical activities are on offer too. These include Yoga, Table Tennis, Football, Trampoline Club, Zumba and Body Conditioning and are open to all ages and abilities. All are designed to be sociable and fun and while improving fitness and flexibility.
The Yoga taught is Children’s Yoga as opposed to the more ‘serious’, adult or traditional Yoga. It is an invaluable aid for maintaining and increasing muscle flexibility and the focus required to hold a posture promotes inner strength and confidence.
The very popular Trampoline Club takes place once a week after school and the girls very much enjoy advancing their trampoline skills. Trampolining is also taught as part of the Withington PE curriculum and this club supplements this. The School is very proud that one of our recent leavers is a full Great Britain trampoline international.
Gymnastics is a highly popular lunchtime activity. In beginners` gym girls gain confidence and improve their range of skills. There is also an advanced gym club who put together an impressive routine for the annual Gym and Dance Display every February. The standard of performance by the girls is excellent!
Withington enters county tournaments, National Schools’ Competitions and local rallies and invitation events. The PE Department also offers a ski trip every year.
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