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Game on: Sport @RIC

Zach Rendall Todd BMX biker photographed by George Crawfor

At RIC, sport isn't just about winning trophies (though we do love a bit of silverware); it's about finding your passion, honing your skills, and forging friendships along the way

At Rochester Independent College we take our sport provision seriously and aim to provide our students with an enriching experience developing sporting skills and promoting fitness for all. 

We offer an extensive sports extra curricular programme which focuses on innovation and inclusion for all with new sports added regularly to cater for our diverse student body. Sports provided at RIC include football, netball, basketball, quidditch, korfball, trampolining, dodgeball and softball.

We have close ties and connections with local sports centres meaning we can utilise top of the range facilities. Onsite, our fully equipped gym and multi use games area enable our students to stretch their legs and keep fit at lunch times. We offer a range of extracurricular clubs open to all students and if you want something we don’t currently offer, we’ll try and make it happen. Golf and rugby have been added this year as students have asked for them. 

In 2022/23 we secured the School Games Mark Bronze Award. This award is a Government led award scheme facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise a school's engagement in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active.

RIC goal getters- fixtures and competitions

Our sports calendar is heavily populated with a variety of events including - Medway Secondary School Games, local fixtures, sports festivals, and national competitions. We ensure to cover a range of sports and competition levels to cater for as many students as possible. We pride ourselves in offering all of our students an opportunity to represent the college, with 91% of our KS3 students representing the college in sport last year. 

After a successful year of dodgeball, competing in various competitions, we were shortlisted for the British Dodgeball Secondary School Awards 2023. We have a strong club link with Canterbury Crocodiles Dodgeball Club and our students have benefited from coaching clinics from the club. 

We have links with other local sports clubs too - Kent Crusaders Basketball, Olympia Boxing, Tornandoes Korfball, Medway Rugby Club and Medway Sport. These links allow students to access sports coaching in and out of college.

Leading from the front @RIC

Students in Year 9 and above can complete Sports Leadership courses during their time at RIC. Our sports leaders regularly support younger students by leading activities, including our very own student led Sports Festival which launched in 2023. Links with Medway Sport have allowed students completing Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications in sports leadership to access various coaching awards. Current students Charlie, Dylan and Ethan have completed the 1st 4 Sport Level 1 Award for Activators (Multi-Skills). 

GCSE PE students take part in the Inside Sports Science Research project in conjunction with Kent University. Our most recent project investigated fatiguing effects of exercise on counter movement jumps. The project includes researching, analysing and producing findings in a university style research poster which is presented to university lecturers, teachers, parents and peers.

RIC stars of track and field

We currently have a number of talented sports people at the College including national swimmers, fencers, BMXers and roller skaters. We are very happy to support these students to juggle their studies and sporting schedule, ensuring a high achieving academic and sporting life. Current student Elsa Rendall-Todd is a talented BMXer and regularly places in competitions. Siblings Harri and Oskar Picton Tully are national Fencers and regularly attend competitions. Former student Noah Jennings, was the recipient of the Swale Combined Athletic Club's Under 13's award. Genevieve Hunter went on to study in the US with a swimming scholarship. Other former pupils with sporting prowess include: James Flury who joined RIC’s sixth form after GCSEs at Gravesend Grammar who was ranked 42nd nationally for mountain biking, and Ollie Mangion, who completed his A levels at RIC who was selected for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020

Follow our student achievements here-…

We reflect the international nature of RIC in our sports offer. During the year we’ve experienced a version of Danish Longball and Wing Chun Kung FU- a concept-based version of Southern Chinese kung fu and a close-quarters system of self-defence. 

RIC Lower School festival of sport


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