Games and activities are an integral part of life at Gayhurst whose ethos is ‘sport for all’. The sports’ facilities consist of: an all-weather astro-turf surface, used for Hockey, Tennis, Football and Netball; The sports hall – The Gibbs Hall (located next to the astro-turf) used throughout the wide spectrum of the P.E and Games Curriculum; four full sized pitches used for Rugby, Cricket and Football on Pease Field which is in walking distance from the school and the bottom field, which is used for cricket matches, coaching and four under 8 football/rugby pitches.
We are extremely lucky with the size of our site in that we have a mile loop used for Cross Country Running which goes around our fields and woods. The main sports for the boys are Rugby and Football and Cricket and the girls focus on Hockey, Netball and Cricket. Girls and boys get the opportunity to compete in Mixed Cricket, Cross Country Running, Athletics, Basketball and Swimming. On top of the major sports children take part in clubs and are involved with Table Tennis, Triathlon, Judo, Golf and Fencing. Through the Games and P.E. Programme we aim to introduce as many sports as possible to the children and make sure they develop in the sport they enjoy.
The specialist Games’ staff who supervise and teach sport are often assisted by external coaches from clubs or sports’ foundations.
Matches are arranged throughout the year against other schools at a variety of levels in order to give all the children the opportunity of representing the school. Matches start in Year 3 and children also get the opportunity to compete against each other during inter-house matches too.
The teams are competitive and well coached but the importance of good sportsmanship is high on the school’s list of priorities. Our key aim is ‘sport for all.”