Sports training opportunities

Inter-school team sports


In addition to the weekly games lesson there is also a lunchtime club and after-school squad training sessions once a week focussing on the sport for a specific term, e.g. netball, pop lax, tennis

Swimming Squads

In addition to the year group swimming lessons each week, the quickest 9 girls in Year 3 – Year 6 are invited along to a ‘swim squad’ training session each week. The girls are selected based upon their weekly swimming sessions and termly timings.

Our selection policy

Selection is based primarily upon the performance and attitude of a player during training and in matches. Every effort will be made to inform a player how she may improve in these aspects in order to gain selection for a certain team. Our A teams are those we feel perform at a consistently high level within their peer group. We ask that parents support the school sports coaches in this process, even when there is disappointment with a selection decision. The senior management team delegates this responsibility to the coaches who are making decisions in good faith.

Links with external sporting organisations and clubs

  • St Swithun’s has links with Surrey Storm netball team and England netball players come in and run workshops in school for pupils 
  • Staff also take girls to watch Surrey Storm play in their national league matches. 
  • Some of our netball players play for Squall Netball Club, which is based at St Swithun's 
  • We recommend that our talented swimmers trial with Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club and that our talented athletes join Winchester & District Athletics club.   

Additional sports training opportunities

Early Morning Swimming

A selection of girls in Years 5 and 6 who have been assessed and do not swim for a swim club will be invited to attend an early morning swimming session at the school indoor pool.

Early morning movement sessions

Children in Years 2 – 4 have a chance to join in with an early morning movement session at school on a half termly basis. This can focus on dance, agility or balance.

Running club

There is a lunchtime running club for girls in years 4-6


There is weekly after school gymnastics training for under 8 girls and upwards taken by a gymnastics specialist (level 4 coach) 

Tennis Group sessions

Girls in Years 3 and 4 have the opportunity to train with our tennis coach during school time. This works on a rotation basis throughout the first two terms.