Promoting Physical Literacy

From purposeful play to competitive team sports, athletics is an integral part of the Ridley College experience. Our athletic programmes give students at all grade levels the opportunity to develop physical literacy and understand the importance of physical activities in a flourishing life.

Physical Literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. This practice is also increasingly linked with the cognitive development of children and our long-term cognitive, mental, social and physical health as individuals and as societies.

Sport for Life (RS4L)

At Ridley, all students participate in some form of physical activity every day.

In the Lower School, we promote physical literacy by providing students with opportunities to develop physical abilities while they are having fun. In the Upper School, students can chart their personal athletic development through individual sports or elite programmes. As students demonstrate abilities in specific sports, they make their own decisions about how they want to pursue that sport.

At all levels, we integrate our Physical and Health Education curricula and athletic programmes with the Sport for Life Society’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD). The LTAD exposes students to a variety of sports as a foundation for engaging in sport for life. It provides a clear path to better sport, greater health, and higher achievement based on today’s sport science and the best practices in coaching and training from around the world.

Contact Us

Find out more about our athletics programme and our facilities: athletics@ridleycollege.com

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Competing for the Love of the Game

Our athletic programme is also designed to promote healthy competition and striving for excellence in a chosen sport. From the playing fields to the gymnasia and the rink, sport and athletic competition provide foundational experiences that transcend the games themselves.

We annually field more than 45 competitive teams, from U12 in the Lower School through our First teams in the Upper School. The variety of competitive sport offered at Ridley is unparalleled in the independent system and our annual competitive success rivals any high school programme of our size in the country.