Sport plays a major part in the curricular and extra-curricular life of the school. Participation in physical activity contributes to morale, confidence, fitness and co-ordination. Woodhouse Grove’s commitment to the development of the whole person demands a proper balance of work and play and the school’s splendid setting encourages this. The extensive campus ensures there is room for all who want to participate in both popular and lesser known sports. Our sports facilities are exceptional and include a multi-purpose sports hall, rugby pitches, indoor and outdoor cricket nets, swimming pool, fitness suite, aerobics studio, netball courts, tennis courts, cricket squares and a flood-lit all weather court. The Grove is an acknowledged centre of sporting excellence and we have pupils participating at national and county levels both whilst at school and as Old Grovians.
The school’s rugby, squash, netball and cricket teams have competed all over the world including Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe, West Indies, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. This international sporting contest broadens horizons and establishes lasting friendships.
Throughout the year there is an extensive programme of fixtures for rugby, netball, swimming, cricket, rounders, tennis and athletics. Most Saturdays during the school year are dedicated to inter school fixtures, but fixtures also take place during the week, predominantly after school.
Athletics forms an important part of the PE curriculum during the summer term and all pupils participate in a number of track and field events ranging from javelin to long jump to track races. Many pupils represent the school at local and national athletics competitions.
The school has a long and successful tradition of playing competitive cricket and has produced a number of professional players who have represented the county and England. Teams regularly have the opportunity to compete abroad.
Netball is the major winter sport for girls and the school has a very successful record in county, regional and national competitions. The number of teams has grown considerably in the last few years and there are many girls with representative honours, from county to England and Superleague levels. A team of dedicated and experienced coaches lead the teams in regular Saturday and mid week fixtures.
Rounders is a very popular activity and caters for a large number of girls in the summer term. League and tournament fixtures are played throughout the week.
Woodhouse Grove has an enviable reputation on the rugby field with dedicated, highly qualified rugby coaches; we produce a high standard of competitive rugby. Throughout the season, teams regularly compete in inter school competitions both at county and national level and we were the winners of the Daily Mail Vase in 2008. A number of our pupils represent the school at county level and many go on to play professionally for teams such as Newcastle Falcons, Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls.
The Jubilee Pool is a brand new 25m, 6 lane indoor swimming pool completed as part of our Bicentenary Celebrations in 2012. The pool is a popular facility and pupils have the opportunity to swim competitively against other schools. Pupils also represent the school teams in local, regional and national competitions.