With Worcestershire County Cricket Club's ground only a boundary away from our own pitch to inspire us, King's has a strong tradition in the game with good facilities and experienced coaching staff. In the summer term two teams from each year group, Years Seven to Ten, compete regularly against other schools in the region, as do our First and Second XIs. Net and square practices are held twice a week during the summer and groups are given the opportunity to use the school indoor nets for off-season coaching.
Football is played in the spring term from Under Thirteen level upwards. All training and matches take place at the school fields. The First and Second XI teams play in the Mercian League, playing against other Midlands HMC Schools. We also run a Third XI and Under Sixteen team, as well as an Under Fifteen and Under Fourteen A and B teams, who all have regular fixtures. Training takes place twice a week, with most fixtures occurring on Saturday afternoons.
Hockey is played by all girls from Year Seven to Sixth Form. Training takes place weekly after school, with matches in Games lessons and after school with block fixtures on Saturdays. The girls get the opportunity to play in matches on a weekly basis throughout the autumn term. This is the main hockey term but training continues throughout the spring term with occasional fixtures. King's participates in the local district and county tournaments and is frequently highly placed; over a number of years our teams have qualified for the Midlands finals.
King's encourages pupils of all abilities and ages to enjoy playing netball, whether it is at recreation or team level. Sixteen teams operate in total, approximately three per age group, so there are plenty of opportunities for players to compete against local schools and in District, County and West Midlands Tournaments. Girls can choose to play netball for the autumn and spring terms. Each age group has its own coach, whilst regular fixtures are held throughout the week and on a Saturday mornings or afternoons. We participate in the Local District and County Tournaments in all age groups.
Students can enjoy the sport of rowing from Year Nine. With our very own boathouse on the school grounds we have high participation levels in the games programme giving all the opportunity to try rowing. Pupils may then, in addition, wish to join the club, which competes at regional, national and international competitions.
In 2015 the Year Eleven boys' quad were crowned National Champions. James Beattie was crowned the National Champion at the British Rowing Indoor Championships; he also won Bronze in the Year Eleven single at the National School's Championship Regatta. Our Year Nine girls' second quad also won Bronze at the same regatta. Every year the Boat Club has a number of students trialling for the British Junior Rowing Team. Members of the Boat Club train on selected evenings after school and Saturdays. The Boat Club is an extremely social club with a number of fundraising and social events throughout the year.
Rugby is the major boy's sport in the autumn term with Saturday fixtures often involving twelve teams from King's. Training and matches take place at the school fields at Slingpool Walk and the school is very fortunate to have a large number of well qualified coaches on the staff. The fixture list involves games for all senior teams on every weekend in the autumn term and there are some midweek matches, usually cup games, whilst the majority of the Under Twelve fixtures are held on Friday afternoons. After Christmas all year groups play in a number of seven-a-side competitions with preparation for these running in parallel with the football programme. Major tours to Australia and South Africa as well as European trips are undertaken regularly.