There are lots of opportunities for all pupils to take part in a sporting club or society, the majority of which take place at lunchtime or after school.
The athletics programme is delivered during curriculum PE time and is an option in the summer games programme. Pupils can compete in three or four athletic meetings throughout the season.
The Year 9 and 10 track and field teams have been county champions for the last five years while our combined boys’ and girls’ team in Years 7 to 10 won the Jubilee Cup in 2014, making them the top school in the district.
In 2016/17, the junior boys relay team reached the National Prep Schools Final and a number of students were selected to represent Cambridgeshire at the Anglian Athletics Championships.
The popularity of basketball is growing rapidly at The Perse. The senior boys are coached by Clinton Wedderburn, a CATS Basketball Club Level 3 coach. The Year 9 and Year 10 Basketball Academy also have matches.
In 2015/16 the U19 squad won the Cambridge Championship, while the U14 were County runners-up. In 2014/15 the senior team reached the play-offs in the Cambridge U19 Championship, while the U16s were semi-finalists in the District Cup and Cambridgeshire County Cup.
A number of former students have progressed to play at University and National League level.
- Cross country
Cross country club runs once a fortnight in each age group during games and once a week after school. We have teams for all age groups and compete regularly in local and national competitions.
In the 2016/17 season our junior boys were county champions and finished fifth at the regional finals of the Schools Cup. Our inter boys also won the county competition and finished fourth in the regionals. The inter girls were county and regional runners up and finished fourteenth out of 600 schools at the National Finals.
All pupils take dance in Years 7 and 8 as part of their PE lessons and it is a games option in Year 11 and Sixth Form games.
We run several dance clubs, enabling pupils to enjoy a range of styles, from contemporary to street jazz, and participate in the annual Bodywork Outreach dance show, which brings together the most talented dancers in the region.
The School has a well-equipped fitness suite to which all age groups have access. The School employs a conditioning coach who runs fitness clubs at lunchtime and after school for those students who wish to follow a fitness programme. Fitness is also a regular games activity from Year 10 upwards.
We run football club for Years 7 and 8 during lunch breaks for the first half of the Michaelmas term.
Football enters the games programme in the Sixth Form. We run 1st and 2nd XI teams and have a substantial fixture list.
In the 2016/17 season, current student James Tee was selected for the Independent Schools FA U16 team.
- Boys and girls indoor hockey
The boys’ and girls’ teams have had much success in the indoor hockey national schools competition. We are very fortunate to have a full size indoor pitch and a very experienced coaching staff. Taster training sessions start at U14 level, fixtures at U16 and U18 level.
We enter the national schools competition and host the county rounds at the School. Indoor Hockey is run as a lunchtime and after school club and does not clash with other sporting commitments.
The school enters the British School Orienteering Championship and last year saw three students finish in the top ten of their respective age groups.
Rowing is a games option for those in Year 10 upwards, entering both local and national competitions and regattas. Students train both indoors and on the river and are also encouraged to join local clubs. Students withpotential are put forward for selection to the England Rowing Talent Pathway.
Shooting is a games activity for those in Year 9 upwards and over recent years the School has celebrated a number of individual and team successes under the stewardship of Mr Kevin Pilcher.
In 2016/17, student Sasha Karabasova won the National Schools Junior Championships and three students were selected for the British School’s Team at various levels.
- Table tennis
We have eight indoor table tennis tables and four outdoor tables. Students can join an after school club to play indoors and can play outdoors during break or lunchtime. The sport is predominately played recreationally but is also a Sixth Form games activity.
We have one junior trampoline and run an after school club. The club caters for beginners up to those who can perform a front summersault.