Sport is a vital part of everyday life for a Vinehall pupil.  We aim to provide a programme based on inclusivity, enjoyment and performance.  We are focused on providing a broad and varied sporting experience for all our girls and boys.

Teams in all age groups compete in inter-school matches, which take place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons with the occasional Saturday.  Vinehall has an outstanding reputation for sporting excellence, winning medals at national IAPS events, and many pupils train and compete with county and regional squads.

We ensure that all children are given a chance to represent the School and this usually means there are at least two teams in each year group.  Children in Years 3 and 4 are gradually introduced to playing competitive sport in friendly tournaments and matches.  This provides an opportunity for pupils to play in mixed-ability teams without over-emphasising the importance of the final result.

There is a main sporting focus each term, with this being augmented by a varied PE curriculum.  The pupils have lessons in swimming, basketball, gymnastics, badminton, volleyball, small-sided games, tennis, golf, athletics and fitness testing.  There are also a number of very popular sports activities that take place after school; these include gymnastics, dance, table tennis, fitness, team and multi-sports.

In the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, the main team games for boys are football, rugby and hockey, and for girls are Hockey and Netball.  In the Summer Term, boys play cricket and tennis and girls play rounders, cricket and tennis. Athletics, swimming and gymnastics are also important sports throughout the year, with teams in these three sports having had great success at a national level in recent times.

The pupils at Vinehall have the use of wonderful facilities.  The School has its own nine-hole golf course, extensive playing fields and a floodlit all-weather hockey pitch.  There are also four tennis courts, two of which are floodlit, and six Netball courts.  There is also an indoor sports complex, which includes a sports hall, a gymnastics training hall and an indoor swimming pool.  There are indoor cricket nets, as well as facilities for badminton, basketball and judo.  Several specialist coaches in gymnastics, swimming, judo, tennis and dance enhance the school’s games-coaching staff.

Vinehall also enter several specialised IAPS competitions, including Slalom Skiing, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Equestrian Events.

SPORT IN SUMMARY

Michaelmas Term

BOYS    Football, Rugby
GIRLS    Hockey

Lent Term

BOYS   Rugby, Hockey
GIRLS   Netball

Summer Term

BOYS    Cricket, Athletics & Tennis
GIRLS    Rounders, Cricket, Athletics & Tennis