Athletics is the major summer sport for girls and runs alongside cricket for the boys.
All students are welcomed to the athletics programme, whether they have had previous experience or not and students are warmly encouraged to participate in all events to begin with. Over time, the school’s experienced coaches, together with strong links with the Priory Athletics Club, help to bring out the best in students and enable them to achieve their goals.
Pre- season training takes place during the winter and training then runs weekly during the summer for all age groups.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams are entered for meetings and District competitions. Depending on performances at the District competitions students then have the opportunity to progress to county and national levels. RGS typically performs very well with numerous students representing their counties.
RGS also enters the ESAA Track and Field Cup – a team event featuring in the region of 300 schools and success here leads to the national finals.
The athletics season culminates in the Summer Sports Festival and parents are invited to spectate. All students from the First to Fourth Form have the opportunity to shine and win awards both individually and for their House.
Complementing the athletics programme is a running club which takes place weekly throughout the winter and prepares individuals for cross-country and track distance events.