THEORY AND PRACTICE
Kingswood’s approach to sport is in line with the College’s central belief that education is concerned with the holistic development of each individual. We believe that every pupil has the capacity to achieve something worthwhile and the ability to excel in some aspect of sporting endeavour, be it from provincial or national representation to the achievement of a personal goal. One of the main objectives of the sports programme, therefore, is to identify and develop skill in every pupil, while ensuring that they understand the health and social benefits that accrue through participation in physical activities.
Emphasis is also laid on the correlation between sport and other areas of the pupil’s life where team spirit, cooperation, effective communication and positive mental mindsets are important. We encourage competition and organise regular sporting fixtures against other schools.
Pupils are expected to participate in sport. Under certain circumstances staff may request that particular pupils choose sports other than the official choice and often a specially gifted pupil might join a club in Grahamstown to further his or her potential in a particular sport.
Kingswood is fortunate in that it offers weights training which is used not only to enhance the pupil’s physical development, but also for rehabilitation after injuries and for identifying, through baseline testing, specific areas that may require special attention.
Our Head of College Sport, Pieter Serfontein, along with outstanding coaches and committed sportsmen and women, create teams of character and strength. A high percentage of Kingswood pupils and Old Kingswoodians achieve Provincial and National representation.
All pupils at Kingswood are expected to participate in sport. The winter sport options available to our pupils are as follows:
Grade 8 and 9
All Grade 8 and 9 students are expected to participate in a minimum of 2 sports.
Compulsory: Hockey and/or Rugby (boys may play both in winter)
Optional: Swimming or Squash
At the discretion of the Teacher in Charge boys may also be able to participate in Rock Climbing or Sailing
Compulsory: Hockey and/or Netball (girls may play both)
At the discretion of the Teacher in Charge girls may also be able to participate in Rock Climbing or Swimming
Grade 10, 11 and 12
It is compulsory for all Grade 10, 11 and 12 students to participate in a minimum of 1 sport offered, however, they are encouraged to take part in 1 team sport and 1 individual sport. A student’s sport choice/s will stand for both the 1st and the 3rd terms.
Compulsory: Hockey and Rugby
Optional: Swimming and/or Squash
- At the discretion of the Teacher in Charge and in consultation with the Head of College Sport, boys may also be able to participate in Rock Climbing or Sailing as their main sports option.
Compulsory: Hockey and Netball
Optional: Tennis and/or Squash
- At the discretion of the Teacher in Charge and in consultation with the Head of College Sport, girls may also be able to participate in Rock Climbing or Sailing as their main sports option.
In exceptional circumstances students will be granted permission to participate in a non-compulsory sport as their main sports option by the Head of College Sport eg. If they have a national ranking in that particular sport.
We believe that all pupils have the ability to derive enjoyment, success and personal satisfaction from the challenge of sport, and we provide the facilities and dedicated coaching to make this possible for all of them.
Kingswood promotes the traditional team sports such as cricket, rugby, hockey, waterpolo, netball and basketball.
In the coaching of team sports, Kingswood promotes the attributes of sportsmanship, fair play and selflessness above all whilst always encouraging in our pupils a keen sense of competitiveness as well the development of a positive training ethic.
We also believe that all the above sports are complimented by the core sporting disciplines of athletics and swimming which are crucial to the overall physical development of all our pupils.
Apart from team sports, Kingswood also promotes those sports which place emphasis on self-reliance and personal flair. We acknowledge that many pupils prefer to play both team and individual sports, while there are those who prefer only the individual sports. Athletics, swimming, tennis, squash, golf, sailing, surfing and horse riding allow pupils to develop their individual talents.
Kingswood College has impressive sports facilities – all centred on the campus around the City Lords Complex. Here you will find the Graham Beck Pavilion overlooking the main rugby field, the astroturf, the High Performance Centre, ten tennis courts, 3 glass backed squash courts, the Gane Field and Knight Field cricket pitches, the water polo pool and heated training pool, cricket nets – and more.