Sport at Gordon's
Sport is a very important part of life at Robert Gordon's College. As well as curricular Physical Education, our pupils have the choice of a variety of extra curricular clubs including rugby, hockey, netball, karate, gymnastics, basketball, cricket, tennis, swimming, badminton, athletics, football and ski race training.
The quality and quantity of our facilities at Countesswells are fantastic and allow us to train and play to the very highest standard.
We have a comprehensive Saturday morning rugby and hockey fixture list.
In rugby we have 14 teams that play or train every Saturday. We have two teams at every age group from P6 to S6. They play in local and national conferences and cup fixtures against the very best schools and clubs in the country. Many of our boys go onto district or national representation and we have boys currently training with the national squads. Just as importantly many of the boys go on to play at a variety of levels, and be a part of the game for most of their lives.
In boys hockey we have up to four teams that play or train most weekends against a variety of other schools across the country, playing in a schools national league at 1st XI level and entering the S3 and 1st XI Scottish Schools Cup. We also where possible play midweek local fixtures, inviting many teams to use our facilities at Countesswells. All of our players as young as S1 have the opportunity to represent North District at either U14, U16 and U18 level, which can then in turn lead to national representation.
Girls hockey also train and play competitive fixtures every Saturday from P6 upwards and the College regularly fields 12 teams. Each season our 1st XI and S3A enter the Scottish Schools Cup and our 1st XI, 2nd XI, S3A and S2A enter the Coach Logic Hockey Leagues which creates lots of competitive matches against the very best schools in the country. We encourage our pupils to trial for the North District Squads at U14, U16 and U18 level and this is the start of the pathway to national representation. A large number of pupils choose to play hockey at RGC and as a department we always strive to effectively balance excellence and participation.
Cricket is not only confined to the summer term, we now run Junior School sessions throughout the year as well as Senior Nets in the Spring term. At present in the summer we put out 6 teams from Primary 6 through to a Senior XI to play local and other Independent schools. There is training after school on a Monday for years S1-3, Wednesday for years S4-S6, and Thursday for Primary 6&7. Due to the short summer term many pupils continue to play throughout the summer at either Gordonians or with Aberdeenshire along with neighbouring clubs. A few represent the North District at different age levels and we have Matt Cross, Class of ‘10 playing regularly for Scotland.
Our Netball programme is offered to all girls from P2-S6. P5/6/7 pupils have the opportunity to compete in local tournaments and the Grampian Rose bowl Competition. We offer school training onsite from P2-P5 and our P6/7 teams use Aberdeen Sports Village for their training and fixtures in the Summer Term in addition to hosing the Junior School Outdoor Invitational Tournament at Countesswells. From S1-S6 our Senior girls are entered into the Aberdeen League, ASSNA Tournaments and the Scottish Cup Competition. Several of our Senior girls represent the Grampian U15 and U17 district squads. We are delighted that our RGC players frequently progress into pathways, performance academies and national training squads. We offer our training sessions at RGC, Aberdeen Sports Village and RGU Sport for our Senior girls every week to ensure they continue to progress and have the opportunity to enjoy playing netball matches at every age and stage.
Our pupils participate in a wide variety of athletics events and use our own grass track at Countesswells or the Sports Village in Aberdeen for field and track events. Pupils compete in a variety of Cross Country races including the Grampian Area Championships and the Scottish Schools Championships.
Our Junior School pupils enjoy a weekly swimming lesson in the school pool from Primary 2 right through to Primary 7, Primary 1 and Nursery pupils also have the opportunity to take part during the latter part of each academic year. Senior School pupils are given the opportunity to further develop their swimming skills along with trying out other aquatic activities such as Lifesaving and Water Polo. We have a very popular School Swimming Club and the RGC swim team take part in a number of competitions across the year - our school galas, swim matches against other schools, Scottish Schools Swimming events and a national invitational competition for independent schools to name a few. Our swimmers are always very proud to represent the College in these competitions.
Whilst beneficial for developing tactical awareness skills and teamwork this is also an opportunity to develop social skills, improve fitness and have fun with pupils from other schools and countries.