We have expert coaches who come and train our pupils in fencing, laser shooting, which combined with cross country, swimming and showjumping comprises the modern pentathlon. Some of our pupils opt for the triathle (shoot, swim, run) and compete at national level.
There are some extremely strong competitive cross-country runners in the School, who participate at county level representing Somerset in the National Championships. In addition, we run an annual “Monument Run” – a historical event where the whole school from Year 9 upwards run up to the Wellington Monument and back.
Tennis is an important sport for girls and boys during the summer. Our juniors, colts and seniors receive at least 2 training sessions and regular weekly fixtures for A & B teams. Our specialist coaches and professional tennis coach Dan Sizer can provide individual or small group sessions for pupils during and after the school day. Our teams play other local clubs.
Swimming at Wellington School is very popular and we have a number of highly qualified swimming coaches, including three Level 2 coaches/Level 2 aquatics and additional experienced assistants.
The School Swimming squad participates in a number of local competitions, including the Meade King Cup, the oldest inter-school competition in Europe. Wellington School is still the only school to win a clean sweep of all the cups in a single year in this gala. Many of our swimmers have achieved regional and national times.
Girls and boys train together and mostly compete at the same competitions. They train across ages and as a consequence swimmers learn lifelong skills such as effective goal setting, dedication, team work and co-operation.
Training sessions are offered throughout the week. Swimmers opt for the training sessions they can make, as many swimmers like to compete in more than one sport in the summer. The atmosphere in the swimming squad is one of enjoyment and challenge, creating a positive and productive training environment.
Utilising out sports centre allows us to offer year-round cricket to keen cricketers and the opportunity for aspiring cricketers to become involved out of season, Cricket nets, bowling machines and other training devices are available.
We have an extremely successful Equestrian team who have performed excellently at national competitions, including Badminton and Hickstead. We had the National Schools Equestrian champion in the school and the team is achieving great things! Pupils will be given specific fitness programmes to support their sport.
Not everyone has the desire and ability to play sport, but should be aware of the need be healthier and lead a more active lifestyle. The main focus is to improve general fitness levels through a variety of fun and motivational methods and activities:
• Circuit training
• Yoga and Pilates [‘Yogalates’]
• Spinning classes
• SAQ classes