At my old school we just did 3 or 4 sports but here we’ve already done skiing, archery, trampolining and bowling this term. I also do lots of sport outside school – rugby, swimming and I play hockey for Kent.
Lower School children have had the opportunity to do a range of activities in their Sport lessons ranging from archery, ultimate frisbee, sailing, swimming and football. Year 7 spent several weeks at the dry ski slope at Capstone getting the hang of pole turns and slowploughs. Students are asked what they are interested in and what they would like to do in Sport at the beginning of each year.
Transport is provided to off site sport facilities at local leisure centres although we have our own fitness gym and an all weather sport pitch. Facilities include spinning bikes, a concept 2 rowing machine, treadmill, static bike, step machine, static weight machines and free weights. Plus there’s always basketball on the all weather pitch to let off steam.
The emphasis is on participation and enjoyment. RIC’s onsite fitness centre is available for students to use each lunchtime. Offsite facilities used regularly by the College include The Arethusa Venture Centre, The Chatham Dry Ski and Snowboard Centre and the Medway Park.
Lower School students support Sport Relief, this year taking part in a sponsored gymathon. We always encourage our students to come forward with sensible suggestions and proposals for activities and equipment for the College. In response to a well-planned presentation from boys in Year 8, we have started a 5-a-side club after College, with hopes of arranging friendly matches with nearby schools (when they’ve decided on their tactics, of course).
Extra curricular sport is popular at college. There’s cricket club for the year 7s and 8s and 9s to 13s can sign up for the cycling club. The plan is for this new club to be based at the state of the art Cyclopark in Gravesend with track cycling in winter and road cycling in the summer. Years 11-13 can join the rugby team who train once a week at Medway Rugby Club within walking distance of the school. After school, rain or shine they train for two hours per week.
RIC has always attracted students who juggle busy high achieving academic and sporting lives. Joe Sutton who joined RIC in year 7 from St Andrews School, Rochester competed in the inter-regional cyclo-cross race in Milton Keynes and sixth former James Flury who joined RIC’s sixth form after GCSEs at Gravesend Grammar is ranked 42nd nationally for mountain biking. Ollie Mangion, who completed his A levels at RIC last year, has been selected for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.