At Bennett we believe strongly in developing the whole person, body and mind. We strongly believe in the positive benefits of exercise, both for developing co-ordination, a healthy body, an active and enquiring mind and teamwork skills. Studies have linked physical activity and good aerobic fitness with good school grades. In an increasingly pressured academic environment, we understand the importance of being able to let off steam, and have developed a comprehensive and varied range of extra-curricular activities to suit all aptitudes and interests.
For those interested in highly competitive sports, we have our elite teams of rugby and netball, under the guidance of our dedicated coaches, Mr Alex Darbyshire (Rugby) and Mrs Kate Watts (Netball). All students in years 7 and 8 have opportunities to take part in trials for these teams. Students are then grouped into our rugby and netball academies, these students train several times a week and play to a high level locally, as do our older students who continue to play throughout their school careers. Our football is also of the highest standard, with teams in each year group.
For those who prefer more recreational sport, there is table tennis club, and basketball club. To simply keep fit, students can try out our well-equipped fitness suite or combine fitness with fun by getting involved in our rowing club intra school league. For those with a more aesthetic focus there are our trampoline club, gymnastics club and dance club. There is a chance for students to perform at our annual dance show in February. Our programme is growing all the time, as we introduce new opportunities, and as the seasons change so does the programme; from football and rugby to cricket, tennis and rounders, there is always something active and exciting going on at break and at lunch.
We also offer all students the chance to compete in the inter guild competition that runs throughout the year, culminating in the year’s finale at our annual sports day. We are also keen to develop our students in the areas of leadership and coaching and volunteering for sport at all levels. There are various opportunities for students from writing team match reports, to acting as line judges, score keepers or assistant coaches for younger year groups.
Sport is high on our list of priorities. Under constant review on our School Improvement Plan, we are always seeking new opportunities to get our students active and involved, and working to improve and develop our facilities. Please review what we have to offer; we are interested in your feedback, and if you would be interested in helping out as a volunteer with one of our activities, please don’t hesitate to contact us.