HCH Students team
At HCH, we are able to offer team-sport experiences in our focus sports of netball, basketball and sculling and we are keen to ensure that pupils with a particular enthusiasm for sports that we don’t provide have the opportunity to play at sports clubs where specialist coaching is available.

Our sport programme is primarily concerned with providing variety, to facilitate the sampling from which children are best able to discover their sport – or sports – for life.

A growing range of sporting options is already available and Hampton Court House via the curriculum and clubs. We have adopted seven focus sports: athletics (including cross-country running), basketball, golf, netball, Olympic weightlifting, sculling and table tennis. These will form the core of our curriculum and are the sports in which we will develop school teams and individual competitors.

In addition, lessons and clubs provide opportunities for learning and recreational play in tag-rugby, football, judo, gymnastics, boxing, softball, rounders, badminton, racquetball, skipping and juggling.

Sport and physical education at HCH continues with all provision on site and all sport lessons being single periods for the remainder of the school year 2020-2021. Conventional team games involving physical contact have not been possible, nor has travelling off-site for the upper years – to Molesey Boat Club for sculling and Olympic weightlifting and to the Xcel Centre for racket sports – and to Imber Court for Early and Lower Years’ swimming. All these activities will be reintroduced in school year 2021-2022.
Roy HeadeyDMS
  • Director of Sports

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