The King’s School RFC has been playing competitive fixtures since 1873. We have strong links with Worcester Warriors and regularly provide their Academy with players across all age groups. The school has produced a number of full International, Premiership and Schoolboy Internationals along with strong representation at County and Divisional levels.
We have a competitive fixture list playing from U12s to 1st XV every Saturday during the first term. This regularly means over 200 boys representing the school in rugby games on a weekly basis. Our 1st XV has regularly reached the latter stages of the Natwest National Cup in recent years.
During the second term, we move to the shorter format of the game with each age group playing in at least four 7s tournaments both regionally and nationally. The 1st VII has won a number of tournaments across the country in the last ten years.
As a rugby club, our priority is to improve an individual’s decision-making ability and their skill base within the game. We also understand the importance of athletic development and provide training programmes with regular access to the gym throughout the year.
The club also embarks on a major tour every two years taking boys from years 11 and 12 on a U17s tour in preparation for the following season. Destinations have included South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North America.
Hockey has been a major sport, in combination with Netball, for the girls at King’s since their introduction to the school. Since then and through to the present day, the sport has continued to grow and now boasts a number of very successful teams and individuals. We are fortunate at King’s to be blessed with two National League hockey players as part of the coaching staff.
We have 16 teams competing regularly each season. Matches take place on a weekly basis through games afternoons and an extensive Saturday fixture list. Over 140 girls can be seen representing the school at this sport at any one time.
Hockey is played across both the Winter and Spring term with competitive matches and team training taking place throughout. Our astroturf pitch and the introduction of Indoor hockey in the impressive Keyes hall have produced some outstanding results over recent years.
King’s Worcester hockey teams regularly attend and compete and the Regional Finals across all age ranges. We have strong club links with Worcester Hockey club and Stourport Hockey club and consistently produce a number of regional performers. In the past five years, we have had two girls go on to represent their Country at Hockey.
All senior hockey players are encouraged to invest in the strength and conditioning side of the game and have access to a personal trainer in the fitness suite throughout the year.
Cricket has a long tradition of success at King’s. Many boys, past and present, have represented Worcestershire at all age groups, and we have had boy’s and girl’s involved in the academy system. Recent players have also been involved in the Bunbury Festival and the Super Fours.
The 1st XI play over 20 fixtures a season against a variety of opposition, ranging from other schools to foreign touring sides and a number of local men’s teams. All other age groups will put out an A and B team on Saturday’s and during games afternoons.
Coaching is of a very high standard, with external coaches being brought in to supplement the in-house provision. Winter nets start in January where age group and one to one work is undertaken. King’s is proud to have encouraged female Cricket for a number of years and girls actively play alongside boys in practices and fixtures.
The school regularly tours with a senior squad and has visited the Caribbean and Sri Lanka on a number of occasions.
There has been a fine tradition of rowing at King’s since 1877, with the Boat Club able to celebrate four Olympic oarsmen to date. The most recent, Zac Purchase winning Olympic Gold and Silver in the lightweight double sculls. Many other students and OV’s have represented their Home Countries and Great Britain at international events, along with extensive and regular regional representation. In recent years our Boys and Girls have won national championships and medals at all major events. We have enjoyed success at indoor championships and on the water; in both Head and Regatta seasons across the year.
We strongly encourage all Lower Removes to try rowing at some point in the year during the games programme, they may then choose to become more involved in the Boat Club. A range of activities are undertaken as part of the basic training including; running, core exercises, strength training, cycling and the use of the rowing machines to build fitness and technical skills. A strong technical focus is maintained throughout their time in the club to ensure their development into robust athletes.
King’s has enjoyed a strong tradition of producing exceptionally talented netballers and netball teams. There is an extensive netball program which is run, in combination with hockey, for all girls across the Autumn and Spring terms.
King’s is nationally recognised as being an excellent school for netball. We have enjoyed recent success medalling at the National finals on a number of occasions and regularly competing at the Regional Finals in a range of different age groups.
As a school, we aim to provide opportunities to be involved in sport for as many girls as possible. On any given Saturday in the Autumn and Spring terms, it is not uncommon to see in excess of 180 girls playing netball for King’s.
The stand out occasion in any netball season is the Superball Netball event held at Worcester University Arena. This is an opportunity for the 1st and 2nd VII to play in front of a full house at a Nationally recognised venue.
As a school, we have strong club links and regularly have individuals going on to represent the county and region. In recent years we have also had four girls represent their country at Netball.
Athletics is one of the major sports in the summer term for both Girls and Boys. In recent years the sport has flourished, with numerous athletes qualifying to represent both the District and County. In the past five years 3 athletes have represented their Country in International Competitions.
The fixture list is growing with Saturday matches being added into the programme alongside the ESAA Track and Field Cup and District and County Competitions. This year over 150 pupils have represented the school, 44 have represented Worcester City District and 5 have represented Hereford and Worcestershire County.
King’s have access to a grass track on site and make use of Nunnery Wood Athletics Track when required. We are starting to build links with Worcester Athletics Club and encouraging our top athletes to develop their talent further at club level.
We are lucky to have a personal trainer on site in the fitness suite, where athletes can get a tailor made programme for their specific event.
Football has become an established sport at King’s over the past decade. Four senior XI’s and two junior sides at each age group regularly represent the school.
In the second term, we play an extensive fixture list on Saturdays and games afternoons. The 1st, 2nd and U15’s teams are in the Mercian League, which comprises of independent schools within a 100-mile radius of King’s. In 2016 we won both the 1st and 2nd XI leagues, cementing our reputation as a Footballing school.
Recently we have had a number of boys who have represented Worcestershire and some have gone onto play for the ISFA including at England level. Others have been involved with local academies at WBA, Cheltenham Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Worcester City.
The senior team regularly tours Spain and Portugal during the Christmas break as part of their pre-season preparations.
ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The King’s school sports programme has a Nationally and locally recognized reputation across a wide range of sports. The school has produced a number of full and age group international performers over the years. We also have strong representation at County and Divisional levels on an annual basis.
The aim of the Athlete Development Programme is to provide support to talented individuals; facilitating excellence in both their sporting and academic careers. It supplements the strong coaching, training and competitive environment that exists at the school. We firmly believe that the drive to succeed in sport should transfer to achievement in all aspects of school life which is one of the primary goals of this programme.
We want you to improve as an individual within your sport and achieve your potential academically. In addition, we are looking for athletes who are committed to making a significant difference to the performance of King’s School sport.