Sport at The Abbey
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The enthusiasm for games and competitive sport at the Abbey is impressive, and the School aims to nurture and encourage sporting achievement in all its pupils. The School offers top class facilities such as all-weather pitches, a multipurpose hall extensively equipped for PE and indoor games, and extensive onsite sports fields that defy the initial appearance of a small in-town school.
The main sports for boys are rugby, cricket and hockey, and for girls, netball, hockey and rounders. However there are a wealth of sporting activities beyond those core sports including sailing, horse-riding and skiing, while the school has an exceptional regional and national reputation in cross country and athletics.
“In March we had a fun tournament against the local schools. There was a lot of excitement on the bus, chatting about how to score and what position everyone was going to play. We won all our matches against the other schools, even one we had never beaten before. Winning that whole tournament was a moment I will always remember!”
Children take part in the following sport:
- Soccer (B)
- Soccer – girls have a Christmas Tournament with Ipswich Prep at The Abbey
- Hockey (B & G)
- Rugby (B)
- Netball (G)
- Athletics (B & G)
- Cricket (B)
- Cricket for girls is run as a club
- Tennis – some children have extra tennis lessons in a club
- PE (B & G)
- Swimming (B & G)
- Karate is run as a club
- Sailing is run as a weekend club
- Horse Riding – the school have a team which is run from Newton Hall
- Dance – ballet and tap is run as a club
Number of lessons:
Years 3 and 4 – four plus two PE lessons
Years 5 and 6 – five plus one PE lesson
The Year 3 start by playing tag and progress into tackle.
We are known for having one of the best cricket squares in the Region.
Swimming lessons start at QH and continue on into Years 3 and 4 as part of the curriculum.
Club swimming takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The children compete at local galas and achieve Regional and National levels.
We play mainly on grass but have access to the Senior School astro.
U11 Girls at the moment are Suffolk County Champions.
Years 3 and 4 start by playing High Five and then they move onto playing Netball in Years 5 and 6.
The children take part in matches with local schools and tournaments at both Regional and National levels.