The main aims of the Sports Programme at Cheam are for our pupils to:
- Have the opportunity to be physically active
- Play and experience many different competitive and friendly games
- Play hard but always within the spirit of the game
- Develop values of teamwork, self-esteem, hard work and sportsmanship
- Leave Cheam having gained the confidence and enjoyment to further their sporting aspirations
In order for us to achieve these aims, every games session is structured to be enjoyable and purposeful to players of all abilities. Each age group are coached by staff who are up to date with current coaching methods and benefit from an enthusiastic and ‘have a go’ approach.
To aid us in our delivery, there are generously sized playing fields, a modern sports hall, a floodlit hard court area, six hard tennis courts and a 20m rifle range. Each child is timetabled for five games sessions per week (approximately 75 minutes per session) in the winter and six sessions in the summer term. For boys the main team games are rugby, football and cricket. Girls compete in hockey and netball, with tennis and rounders forming the summer sports. Coaching for all these main sports begins in Year 3, with Year 1 and 2 having games sessions timetabled too.
As well as the team sports already mentioned, boys and girls also have the opportunity to participate in: cross country, tennis, swimming, athletics, golf, badminton, judo, fencing, horse riding and rifle shooting. Regular fixtures (or tournaments) are also on offer for pupils wishing to participate in these sports.
The school selects teams to compete for both local and national events, including IAPS tournaments, and we try to find fixtures against other schools for as many children as possible, so that they are given the opportunity to compete in all of the major sports and many of the other sports. It is not uncommon to have our major match days, Wednesdays and Saturdays, on which all pupils are representing their school in various sports. This year Cheam teams will be involved in over 700 matches, with days when the school will be fielding as many as 30 teams.
The internal house competition between the four divisions is keenly contested and sport plays a major part, with competitions being contested in: netball, hockey, rugby, football, cricket, rounders, tennis, badminton, cross-country, athletics, golf and swimming.
Sports tours also take place at Cheam. Every two years, the senior cricket and netball sides head to Cape Town, South Africa but there are also more local trips for boys and girls throughout the school year, catering for different sports, age groups and teams.