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 have the opportunity to progress to county and national levels.
In the District competitions in 2018 all girls’ teams won their respective competitions. Twenty athletes were subsequently selected for the South Surrey District team that competed in the Surrey championships. Hannah G and Katie M were crowned County Champions and Katie, Hannah, Lucy B, Lily G and Freya T went on to represent Surrey.
RGS also enters the ESAA Track and Field Cup. This is a team event featuring in the region of 300 schools and for a second year in a row RGS Intermediate girls made it through to the national final. After a day of intense competition at the international stadium in Gateshead, the girls finished sixth, a tremendous achievement.
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. This year we had seven Athletes representing Surrey at cross-country and Oscar S-S and Lucy B went on to compete at the nationals.