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Sport

We offer a wide range of optional extra-curricular sporting activities ranging from gymnastics, dance and tennis for Pre-Prep to a more comprehensive programme of morning, lunchtime and after-school clubs for girls in the Prep School.

  • Clubs offer coaching at an appropriate level for girls, regardless of their ability.
  • Squads represent Maltman’s Green at local, regional and national level. Trials are held for girls who are interested in being part of our squads.

In both squads and clubs, our coaches help the girls to learn skills and apply tactics appropriate to their age and ability. During these activities, the girls develop their commitment to personal and team goals as well as learn about the responsibility associated with being part of a team.

Although results are important; more emphasis is placed on the the opportunities that competition presents. Exposing girls to the emotions associated with winning and losing is vital for them to learn about sportsmanship. We expect our girls to show exemplary behaviour, manners and courtesy at sporting events; as well as being gracious in both victory and defeat. Most importantly, we hope that being involved in sport helps to develop the girls’ self-esteem and confidence in all areas of their education.

Athletics

Non-chargeable

Our Athletics programme runs during the Summer Term. Sessions take place with our PE teachers.

In Years 3 to 6 we have two levels of Athletics:

  • Squad (Selective): Girls take part in a variety of running, throwing and jumping events, and compete in local inter-school fixtures across all disciplines.
  • Club: This lunchtime club is open to all girls. Girls develop their techniques in a variety of running, jumping and throwing events to improve their times and distances according to the ESAA KS2 Award scheme.

Cricket

Non-Chargeable

Our Cricket programme runs during the Summer Term. Sessions take place with our PE teachers, as well as our external, qualified coach.

In Years 3 to 6 we have two levels of Cricket:

  • Squad (Selective): Girls work on their batting and fielding skills and take part in competitive matches against other local schools. We enter an U11 team into the IAPS Cricket competition.
  • Club: This club is open to all girls who enjoy cricket and wish to develop their skills. Girls take part in friendly, internal matches.

Football and Tag Rugby

Non-chargeable

Our Football and Tag Rugby programme runs in the Autumn and Spring terms. Sessions take place with our external, qualified coach.

This is a non-selective, lunchtime club, open to all girls in Years 3 to 6. Girls play football and tag rugby on alternate weeks and take part in friendly matches.

Gymnastics

Chargeable

Our Gymnastics programme runs year round. Sessions take place with our external, qualified coaches.

  • The A Squad – Years 3 to 6 (Selective): These girls perform at regional and national competitions (including IAPS, ISGA and BSGA) and internal displays/competitions.
  • The B Squad – Years 4 to 6 (Selective): These girls perform at external competitions and internal displays/competitions.
  • Development Group – Year 3: Girls work on set floor skills and vaulting techniques as well as dance and choreography. The girls participate in our annual gymnastics displays/competitions.
  • Gym Clubs and Improvers – Year 3 to 6: These clubs meet after school and are open to a wide range of abilities. Members of these clubs are invited to take part in our annual gymnastics displays/competitions.
  • Saturday Gym Clubs – Reception to Year 2: These sessions are recreational and are open to all girls. The girls work on basic gymnastic skills on Floor and Vault, working towards the British Gymnastics Proficiency Awards.

Judo

Chargeable

Our Judo programme runs year round. Sessions take place with our external, qualified coach.

Judo is available for girls in Years 1 to 6 as a recreational extra-curricular activity on a Saturday morning. It is non-selective and the girls enjoy experiencing a sport not covered in the curriculum. Selected girls are entered into the IAPS National Judo Congress competition.

Netball

Non-chargeable

Our Netball programme takes place in the Autumn and Spring terms. Sessions take place with our PE teachers. We start teaching the girls Netball in Year 3 with a focus is on developing basic passing and receiving skills, footwork and game play. Any girls interested in progressing their skills further may attend the Year 3 Netball Development Club. This session aims to revisit and establish the skills taught in PE lessons.

In Years 4 to 6 we have two levels of Netball:

  • Squads (Selective): Girls are split into the A and B teams. During squad training we aim to improve skills and introduce team tactics to prepare for local matches, regional and national tournaments. Some of these tournaments take place on Saturdays.
  • Development: This club is open to all girls who wish to take their interest and enjoyment of Netball further. In these sessions we work on developing basic skills and applying these to game situations. Girls have the opportunity to play in a few competitive matches throughout the netball season.

Tennis

Chargeable (squads are non-chargeable)

Our Tennis programme runs year round and is open to all girls from Year 1 to 6. Sessions take place with our professional tennis coach.

In Years 3 to 6 we have two levels of Tennis:

  • Squads (Selective): Selection is based on commitment, co-ordination and athleticism. During squad training we aim to improve skills in serving, receiving and ground strokes, as well as knowledge of the rules. Girls play in inter-school and local matches and tournaments, as well as umpiring and assisting at internal tennis events.
  • Group Tennis: These sessions are open to all girls and focus on how to play tennis in a competitive and fun environment. Girls work on basic techniques and tactics and have the opportunity to compete in internal tournaments.

Swimming

Non-chargeable

Our Swimming programme runs year round. Sessions take place with our PE teachers as well as external, qualified coaches.

  • Performance Squad – Years 5 and 6 (Selective): These girls attend local, regional and national competitions.
  • Training Squad: Focusing on stroke technique, competitive swimming and general water confidence skills. There are several swimming matches for the Squad throughout the year. In Years 5 and 6 we develop our swimmers further by focusing on a variety of activities including a thorough warm up, drills, endurance, sprint, strength training and an occasional much deserved fun session.
  • Club: Girls must be able to swim 25m both forwards and backwards with a recognisable stroke. Selection will then be based on times. Girls ​develop their stroke technique in front crawl, backstroke and breast stroke. In addition, they learn a variety of water skills to develop their confidence. Those who demonstrate competent technique and have an interest in developing their swimming further, may be invited to join the Training Squad.
  • Clinic: For girls who may have limited swimming experience, needing additional support to get them started and enable them to swim unaided.