Major Sports - Girls' Sports
At Reed’s it is important to us that all girls are incorporated into the varied and active sports programme; trying things new to them as well as taking advantage of those sports that are more familiar. We have girls within the school who are following national representative pathways as well as those who are trying a sport for the very first time. We hope to provide a sporting option for everyone and aim to maintain the highest levels of engagement. Girls Sport is headed up by Lucy Balls, who has over 20 years' experience teaching a variety of sport to girls.
Girls at Reed's play hockey in the Autumn term, netball in the Spring term along with cricket and tennis in the Summer term. We usually have around 5-6 hockey sides playing regularly through the winter and 7 netball teams take to the court throughout the season. Optional sports are offered through the games and activities programme including athletics, badminton, fitness, sailing, squash, swimming, yoga and Pilates. All sports are coached by highly motivated members of staff who aim to provide a positive and rewarding experience. Hockey is headed up by our Director of Sport, Andy Watts, who was a Premier League hockey player and coach for over 15 years at Reading Hockey Club, and has also coached the Wimbledon HC’s Women's 2nd XI in the National League. Liz Robertson is our netball professional coach - one of the South of England's foremost coaches with over 35 years' experience. Cricket is coached by our Cricket Professional, Keith Medlycott, a former Surrey and England player who also became the most successful coach in the history of Surrey CCC.
The number of girls within the school is relatively small, allowing someone who may have never perceived themselves as a sportswoman to be a fully integrated team member and a representative of the school on the sports field. Through the superb team morale and friendship that is built up and encouraged by the coaches, the girls compete successfully against much larger schools.
We look to cater for each individual and, for those who want to play at the highest level, girls can enter into the High-Performance Programme where they will receive individual mentoring, tailor made S&C support as well as small group technical sessions to prepare them for our competitive fixture list and club or representative sport outside school.