Rodillian Sport

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At the Rodillian Academy, we pride ourselves on creating an environment in which students are actively encouraged to participate in sport, inspired by the benefits and rewards which subsequently arise through their involvement. Our group of coaches are very experienced and deliver superb coaching sessions, supporting students physical, mental and social development. We strive for sporting success and achievement, but foster a culture of participation and development through regular extra curricular training sessions across a busy week.

As our reputation grows across the north and nationally as a sports hub, our fixture list has developed hugely. We now play many of the most prestigious and traditionally successful sports schools in the North of England and these challenges only help to build a true sports culture within the school community.

Our expectations of our students are incredibly high and whilst supporting our students in meeting with the high academic expectations placed upon them, we provide our students within our sports programmes with an abundant access to training and fixtures.

Commitment to the sports programmes once selected for one of our Sports Academies is outlined early on in the students journey through the sports pathways at The Rodillian Academy. Once part of the Sports Academy’s, the students commit to morning Strength and Conditioning Sessions, Breakfast Clubs, Netball or Rugby Applied Resilience (Games) training sessions, Leadership Clinics and Video Analysis Sessions. We have forged strong links with Leeds Beckett and Sheffield Hallam Universities and our link with Loughborough University provides our students with the opportunity to visit truly world class sites of elite preparation, performance and recovery.


Sports Trials 


The Rodillian Academy has now established itself as one of the leading sports schools in the North of England. We offer an outstanding rugby and netball program which includes excellent training facilities, regular competitive fixtures against some of the most prestigious rugby playing schools in England and trips and tours which provide our students with amazing and challenging experiences throughout their school journey. We are proud to provide students with the opportunity to join The Rodillian Academy through the Sports Trials route and join us in Year 7. If you love sport, believe in a demonstrate the values of commitment, integrity and resilience and would like to represent The Rodillian Academy within our very competitive fixture list then please attend our Sports Trials event which will take place in October 2020. The sports trials will take place within midweek, after school sessions and not across a weekend this year. Exact dates will be confirmed once all application forms are submitted and we have a better idea of numbers wishing to trial and also have a greater understanding of which Primary Schools those wishing to trial currently attend. It is vital that those wishing to attend the Sports Trial events, must complete the online application form. You will not be allowed to trial if you have not completed the online application form within the application period:

Online Application Form
Opening Monday 21st September
Closing Wednesday 30th September

The dates for the Sports Trial sessions will be published across The Rodillian Academy Twitter and Facebook pages as well appearing on the main school and Rodillian Academy Sports websites towards the end of September.
The video provides more details about the trial process as well as outlining the measures and protocols the PE and Sports staff are employing to ensure those students and parents attending the sports trials are safe.

Many thanks and I look forward to meeting you (as a social distance) at the sports trial sessions.
Mr Gostling


At The Rodillian Academy, we provide our students with a sports pathway through the school and beyond. Our sports pathway begins with our engagement with local Primary Schools, working with students in Year 5 and Years 6 to enhance physical literacy and game understanding as well as introducing the values and expectations we have of our students at the Academy early on in a students school life. As students progress to The Rodillian Academy, they are challenged on the sports field, fitness suite and class room to develop and excel and with these opportunities our students thrive. As student progress into 6th form, they are selected to become part of our Elite 6th Form Sports Academies (Netball and Rugby). Here they will become part of an Elite Sports Programme which will accelerate their development and understanding of sport. Combined with their academic studies, students will engage in leadership pathways in which they will gain National Governing Body qualifications. Students will coach within our cluster of Feeder Primary Schools ensuring that our role models are feeding back into the very start of our sports pathways,  inspiring our next generation of sports academy students.

Those within the sports programmes have the opportunity to tour to venues within the UK and internationally. Sports teams have toured to Cambridge, Newcastle, Belfast and London and we plan to tour to South Africa in 2018 with both the Netball and Rugby academy squads.  

The Rodillian Academy sports teams regularly take part in National Competitions; The Natwest Rugby Cup Competition, The National Schools Rugby Competition, The Rosslyn Park National Rugby Sevens Tournament, The National Schools Netball competition.  



Concussion and Injury Awareness


The Rodillian Academy sports programmes are tailored to help prepare our students for the challenges which arise within the training and competitive sports environment. Through our Strength and Conditioning clubs, through regular, differentiated Physical Education lessons and through our extra – curricular sports clubs we ensure we work hard to support our students to minimise their potential of injury within both training and within competitive games. However, injuries do occur including concussion due to the physical and challenging environments our student athletes compete within.

Our Physical Education teachers are experienced members of staff who work hard to monitor our students well being within and after the game as best they can. But we also ask that students communicate with their lead PE staff member if they are injured to ensure that support can be provided in both the short and long term.

I attach a link to the England Netball website and the Rugby Football Union Guidelines in relation to injury prevention, concussion and when a student athlete is able to return to playing.

Thank you for your support of the sports programmes and we look forward to meeting you on the sidelines this season.

Mr Gostling

The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust


Rugby and Netball Training Schedule 2018-2019


Period Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
0 Yr 9 Rugby and Netball Strength & Conditioning


Yr 8 Rugby and Netball Strength & conditioning


Yr 11 & senior Netball Strength & Conditioning 1st XV Rugby Strength & Conditioning Yr 10 Rugby and Netball Strength & Conditioning
4 Year 9 Rugby & Netball Applied Resilience



Year 8 Rugby & Netball Applied Resilience



7 Yr 7 & 8 netball Training

Yr 7 Rugby Training

1st XV Rugby Training Year 10 Rugby Training  Year 10, 11 Netball Yr 9 Netball



Contact details

Leader of Rugby and Netball Programs: Mr P Gostling - [email protected]
Head of Rugby: Mr S Graham - [email protected]
Head of Netball: E.Sanford and L.Bowman - [email protected] [email protected]
The Rodillian Academy