Benenden is a sporty school. It is cool to be sporty and one of the best things about being part of it is that students and staff embrace their love of sport - team or individual.
In the lower years, the programme is compulsory and covers a wide range of sports and activities including lacrosse, netball, hockey, swimming, trampolining, fitness options, cricket, athletics and tennis. There is sport every day for most girls in some form or other! All girls in these age groups play competitive sport in lacrosse, netball and hockey. Saturdays and Wednesday afternoons are filled with sporting opportunities.
From Lower Fifth (Year 9) upwards, there are still mandatory sports and activities, but fitness-type activities are introduced into the curriculum to give the girls some element of choice and new experiences. They have the chance to take part in swimming, badminton, trampolining, indoor cycling, yoga and our new fitness craze, boogie bounce, to name just a few of our options! Specialist fitness staff work alongside the sports coaches to enable the girls to have a varied programme of team sports or fitness options.
By the Upper School, although participation remains compulsory, each girl has the chance to choose her sports sessions entirely. Options are varied and include all of the above with the addition of other activities including TRX, aqua aerobics, functional core training, bootcamp, zumba and pump and sculpt. Team sport is still very popular with five lacrosse squads and eight netball squads competing at senior level.
Many girls complement their sports lesson by using the Fitness Gym and taking part in our many fitness classes throughout the week. SPLASH, our sports complex, is very much like a sports centre with bookable classes, lane swims, clubs and activities that go on from 7.00am until 9.00pm most days for girls and staff.
The grounds are full of girls playing competitively, practicing independently and exploring the surrounding woodlands and making use of the outdoor trim trail.
As part of the academic curriculum, Benenden offers GCSE Physical Education from the Fifth Form (Year 10), as well as the short course GCSE Physical Education Programme in Lower Fifth (Year 9). AS Physical Education is available in the Sixth Form.
Once at Benenden, your daughter is able to trial for a place in each of our sports squads. Currently, we offer squads in lacrosse, netball, tennis, rounders, swimming and athletics. Within all of these sports (except athletics) we offer Performance and Development Squads, in order that we provide opportunities for as many girls as possible to play competitive sport against other schools and clubs.
In addition to these major squads, we also offer external competitive opportunities in hockey, squash, trampolining, rowing, rugby and equestrian. Fixtures take place on most Saturdays and also mid-week depending on the sport. Lacrosse, netball and swimming are our major sports in the Autumn and Spring Terms, and tennis, rounders and athletics are our key sports in the Summer Term.
However, we also have matches in all other sports throughout the year too with some tennis played in the early part of the year, and hockey, squash and rugby featuring mainly in the Autumn and Spring Terms. We have a huge variety of fixtures for teams, particularly in the major sports of lacrosse and netball with continued development of fixtures for C and D teams in lacrosse, and E/F teams in netball.
Internal competition opportunities are also provided for the girls in badminton, tennis and squash. We also run a thriving Inter-House programme, with a plethora of sports activities and various fitness/pool based challenges. A number of specialist activities are also offered on a paid extra basis.