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.
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.