We encourage all students to keep fit and to take part in sport, whatever your ability or interest. A programme of sports, including badminton, basketball, five-a-side football, futsal, tennis, table tennis, trampolining and dance, takes place during lunchtimes and after College, with sports changing termly.
On Wednesday afternoons, you can also take part in a range of competitive team games, including basketball and hockey. Team trials (with first, second and even third teams) are open to all students and we provide a full fixture list. We also actively encourage you to attend representative trials; many of our students gain county caps and perform well at national level.
Our sports centre is open to all students and provides excellent facilities, including a purpose-built and fully-staffed fitness centre (Sixth Sense Fitness).
Details of enrichment activities are posted on the enrichment notice board, on the screens around the College, on the College website, in the main entrance to the sports hall and on the dedicated Hereford Sixth Form College Sport Website.
Hereford Sixth Form College is extremely proud of its academies which represent the College throughout the country. All three academies compete in the British Colleges Leagues wih regular fixures, tournaments and training dates. There is a fee for membership of the academies (to assist with provision of kit, transport, insurance, etc.).
New to the College in 2010/11, the Basketball Academy was highly successful right from the start, winning the British Colleges Men’s League for the West Midlands. The Academy welcomes both male and female players, providing all members with quality coaching from experienced basketball players. The Academy trains twice a week and competes within the British Colleges League and cup competitions every Wednesday afternoon. Members of the Academy also receive free membership of Sixth Sense Fitnessin addition to a range of coaching and officiating opportunities. Player progression is closely monitored and students have the opportunity to attend Easter and summer basketball camps.
Since its grand unveiling by Sir Trevor Brooking, the Football Academy has worked to aid player development with individual skills and tactical awareness of the game. The development of the Academy has been such that it will imminently apply for College Charter Standard status, with its many benefits and links with the Football Association. The Academy now caters for two successful male squads and one very successful female squad, with an intake each year in excess of 65 students.
The Academy brings with it not only personal development but also a high level of competition and opportunities. The Academy has many club links in and around the local community, especially with Westfields FC, which is home to our games. All sides regularly compete against fierce opposition, either in friendly games or in cup competitions, and entry into the British Colleges' Cup has added to this excitement and competition.
Player development is a key component in the Academy ethos. This has brought continued success within the Academy, with competitive fixtures against Bristol Rovers, Millfield, Stoke and Chelsea. Recently, the Academy has enjoyed individual success with many players, both male and female, being offered scholarships with American universities.
Find out more about the Football Academy from the Hereford Sixth Form College Sport website.
The Hockey Academy was new to the College in 2011/12. Students are expected to commit fully to the coaching sessions and to be available to play in competitive games on a Wednesday afternoon. Boys play in a local West Midlands League and in the British Colleges Cup and the girls play in the British Colleges League and Cup. Mixed teams play in the British Colleges League and Cup. All Academy players are given free membership of Sixth Sense Fitness. Player performance is closely monitored.
The Netball Academy is designed to give players the opportunity to develop their netball skills whilst also undertaking an academic programme. You have two practical sessions a week and are expected to complete a personal fitness programme, which is player-specific, in the third session. All Academy players are given free membership of Sixth Sense Fitness. College fixtures take place on Wednesday afternoons. Player performance is closely monitored and you are required to commit fully to the coaching sessions.
In the closed season you have the opportunity to gain England Netball coaching and officiating qualifications which are part-funded by the Academy.
Find out more about the Netball Academy from the Hereford Sixth Form College Sport website.
Herefordshire Rugby Academy
The Rugby Academy is a partnership between the College, Luctonians RFC and Hereford RFC and is designed to give you access to high level coaching and competition with a view to developing your individual rugby talents.
The Academy has grown significantly since 2000 and regularly enrols in excess of 50 players. The playing standard has improved dramatically and the team competes well with nationally recognised establishments and has made good progress in national competitions. Individual players have progressed into the Herefordshire, North Midlands, Midlands and Premier Academy squads.
The season is structured to provide competitive opportunities but also ample opportunity for individual player development. Players are involved in two coaching sessions per week and are expected to commit fully to the Wednesday afternoon fixture programme. In addition, players receive free membership of Sixth Sense Fitness and are expected to complete a personalised fitness programme at least once a week.
The Rugby Academy is currently applying for RFU Community Rugby Accredited College status.
The main goal of the Academy is to provide a rugby education which creates a platform for players to progress into the adult game and enjoy rugby outside an educational setting.
The Academy has access to a 3G pitch on site.
Find out more about the Herefordshire Rubgy Academy from the Hereford Sixth Form College Sport website.