Sporting opportunities at Barton Court Grammar School span a vast range of sports and activities, from traditional sports such as rugby, netball, football and athletics, to more modern sports such as handball and equestrian.
The autumn term sees competition in the Canterbury district league and the Kent Cup for boys and girls football, as well as the district netball league. Students train and play fixtures once a week, challenging themselves against all other schools locally. We boast a number of district football players, with some also representing at county level. This is also the time of year when our excellent rugby squads begin their training for the tournaments and fixtures to come.
The last two years have been very much disrupted by COVID, but we hope to have more sporting successes and news stories as we head in to 2021-2022.
Notable successes in 2019-20 saw the school rugby team continue to flourish under the guidance of Mr White and support from Canterbury rugby club coaches. Boys competed in the Kent Grammar School league for the first time, turning a few heads with victories against established rugby schools Dane Court and Dover Grammar. The year 8 team also won all but one game in the Kent sevens tournament.
Football continues to be popular and we have seen successes in the local leagues and cups both for boys and girls. We are really excited to see our current year 7’s come up against local schools as they head in to year 8.
Girls netball continues to be very popular and we continue to have successes at the local district fixtures and tournaments. Again, we look forward to renewing our fixtures in September.
Other sporting fixtures we participate in throughout the year include basketball, cross country, athletics, softball and rounders. The students are excited to get more competition under way as things hopefully return to normal in 2021-2022.
In addition to our elite sports teams we have thriving recreational clubs, with many students attending each night for their year group sport based activities. Badminton has proven very popular with students and we are sure this will be a big success when we return to our normal badminton Friday from September.
We also offer the level 3 bike ability course where students are able to take their cycling skills to the next level ensuring they are confident with tackling the city traffic on their commutes to school.
Enrichment is not confined to the lower school, with sixth form students taking part in an exciting and enriching trip to Canterbury Christchurch Sport Science labs. Students get the opportunity to work in state of the art laboratories to test their physical fitness.