At Coworth Flexlands sport is an important part of school life from the beginning of your child's journey through our school. We provide wide variety of sport clubs and encourage each student to participate. We believe that the skills of teamwork, communication, concentration, stamina, winning and losing all aid a healthy body and mind.
Fencing is an excellent sport to improve lower body strength and speed, as well as hand-eye coordination, (it) also develops agility and flexibility and is probably most similar to many of the martial arts in terms of the collection of skills it requires.
Jason Rogers, Olympic Silver Medalist
An extra-curricular sport that is open to all Year 3 to 6 girls, Go-Fence club is held every week after school. Fencing is introduced to the children via Go-fence with plastic foils and helmets and pads. It is a fun structured course which works on hand/eye coordination and agility. It is coached by Sophie King, owner of Sports Coaching Ltd (SCL), who holds a Level 1 Go-Fencing qualification.
The boys and girls in Reception to Year 2 learn football skills at the after-school club throughout the year. They develop basic dribbling, passing and shooting techniques in the Autumn and Spring term, and then play games in the Summer term.
Coworth Flexlands School has linked with Berks Football Club and hosts their girls’ U8 to U12 football team training on Saturday mornings on the school’s dedicated football pitches. It is coached by Miss Lisa Phillips, Coworth Flexlands’ Sports Director hence attracting a large contingent of Coworth Flexlands’ girls. The Under 12 team, comprised mainly of Year 5 & 6 Coworth Flexlands' girls, will embark on their first season in the Berkshire County girls league playing weekly matches from September 2016.
Judo Club is a popular club run by an outside specialist Judo coaching company, Core Judo. Core Judo’s own syllabus is development-led and designed to challenge and reward judoka where they are able to demonstrate their knowledge in bi-annual gradings. The emphasis is on continuous learning in an environment that is fun and safe but with a focus on discipline and hard work. School judo development tournaments and team events are part of the syllabus.
Coworth Flexlands has a very successful judoka squad which enjoys competing against other local schools and in the IAPS Tournaments. At the 2016 annual IAPS School Championships, held at High Wycombe Judo Centre, six Coworth Flexlands' girls were in action. The girls came home with two bronze and two silver medals.
To win four medals at the IAPS school championships is testament to the work rate and commitment of the Coworth Flexlands' judo squad.
Sam Wyke, Head coach
The Core Judo Academy is hosted at Coworth Flexlands every Friday and open to the wider community.
Whilst we believe that there is no such thing as ‘talent’, and that hard work and resilience is the key to success, we have an academy scheme that earmarks children with the potential to do really well in judo.
Jonathon Purssey, Founder and Head Coach at Core Judo
Several Coworth Flexlands’ pupils have secured places in the Academy.
Girls interested in improving and consolidating their netball skills and fitness attend coaching with Cardinals Netball on the school courts. Cardinals Netball was awarded the 'Outstanding Netball Club award' for London & the South East region by England Netball at the recent Golden Globes Awards.
Both are fast paced sports which strengthen speed, agility and opponent awareness.
Tchoukball is a fast-paced spectacular sport for children of all ages and abilities. It is the fastest growing non-olympic sport in the UK and has proven to be very popular with the girls at Coworth Flexlands. It is a non-contact sport that involves two rebound nets, a ball, and a court. It helps children to develop reaction times and strengthens their throwing and catching skills at the same time. Tchoukball club will be alternated with dodgeball club termly throughout the school year. It is run by a specialist coach from SCL.
Another club run through our strong partnership with SCL, Dodgeball is a sport that every single child will happily get involved in. It has many different variations, and encourages children to develop awareness of what is going on around them when they are competing. Dodgeball is all about outwitting opponents, which is an assessed section of the PE curriculum. Children get the opportunity to work as a team and create a plan of action together.
Tennis Club is held year-round on our hard courts (or indoor sports hall in the event of rain) for Years 1 & 2 and Years 3 to 6. It is coached by Mr James Donaghy, an LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) Level 4 professional tennis coach.
The school has an arrangement with the nearby Laris Farm offering riding lessons for Coworth Flexlands’ pupils. They can progress from beginner to jumping and trekking as their ability improves.