As well as curricular Physical Education, our pupils have the choice of a variety of extra curricular sports.
Sport at Robert Gordon’s College gives pupils of all ages the opportunity to participate and experience a wide variety of activities that are linked to our historical sporting traditions, as well as embracing new activities which broaden every pupil's experience of sport. We also value our performance sports which give all pupils the chance to excel and push themselves, both individually or as part of a team. Both participation and performance are encouraged through our diverse Games and extracurricular programme which caters for all ages and levels within both Junior and Senior Schools. We feel strongly that sport is beneficial in developing tactical awareness skills and teamwork and is also an opportunity to develop social skills, improve fitness and have fun with pupils from other schools and countries.
On Saturday morning Countesswells is a hive of activity for school teams of all ages and the Parents Association along with Inspire Catering provide meals and refreshments for visiting teams, spectators and the Gordon’s community. It is a venue that needs to be visited, particularly on a match day, to experience the life and energy that our pupils enjoy.
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 annual Sports Day is one of the highlights of the year, Junior and Senior School pupils compete in a variety of track and field events to become Sports Day Champion from P6 - S3. We also have a House Relay competition which is the final event of the academic session which contributes towards the overall house champion.
Our pupils can take part in extracurricular badminton which takes place weekly at RGU SPORT during the Autumn and Winter terms. It is open to all Senior School boys and girls from S1-6, with more than 100 pupils coming along each week. The club is run in a relaxed manner and many enjoy finishing their week with some sociable games, while others choose to play more competitive games working their way up the rankings list. We also enter local singles and doubles tournaments and we usually support either three or four teams in the Crombie Junior Leagues. Many of these players will also go to training with local development squads or other local clubs.
Basketball is available for both boys and girls from S3-6. The team trains once a week and takes part in the Aberdeen City Schools League, and they also compete against other schools in the surrounding area. In addition to this, we enter a team in the Open Boys Scottish Schools Cup. We have had a number of pupils from the College train with local clubs and some have gone onto national representation.
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. Training is 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 as well as with neighbouring clubs.
S1 and S2 Football teams play in the Aberdeen secondary school leagues. These are popular clubs with up to 40 boys training every week. Both year groups are also entered in the regional and national knock-out cups and in recent years many boys and girls have represented the district or Scotland at a variety of age groups.
Golf is available to a number of our Junior and Senior School pupils throughout the year. RGC enter a variety of tournaments across the academic session for pupils of a variety of ages and golfing abilities.
We participate in an over 13’s tournament hosted by St Leonard’s in St Andrews. We hold a Senior School House Golf Competition, open to all golfers with a handicap, a chance for them to represent their house and win much-valued house points. During the summer term we return to St Andrew's for the St.Leonards Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13 Tournaments, these are open to a variety of golfers with or without a handicap, a good way for many to participate in their first competitive game.
Our Senior School pupils compete in the local Aberdeen Schools League during the Third Term and the annual Paul Lawrie Aberdeen Schools Individual Championship which is held in June.
Golf is also offered to Senior School boys and girls as a Games option in S5 and S6.
In Boys Hockey up to four teams 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. Where possible midweek local fixtures played against local teams at Countesswells. All players have the opportunity to represent North District at either U14, U16 and U18 level, which in turn can 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 the 1st XI and S3A enter the Scottish Schools Cup and the 1st XI, 2nd XI, S3A and S2A enter the Coach Logic Hockey Leagues. This creates lots of competitive matches against the very best schools in the country. Pupils are encouraged 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 a key aim is to effectively balance excellence and participation.
The Netball programme is open to all girls from P2-S6. P5/6/7 pupils have the opportunity to compete in local tournaments and the Grampian Rose Bowl competition. Training is onsite from P2-P5 whilst the P6/7 teams use Aberdeen Sports Village for training and also fixtures in the Summer Term. Additionally, the College hosts the Junior School Outdoor Invitational Tournament at Countesswells. From S1-S6 Senior girls are entered into the Aberdeen League, ASSNA Tournaments and the Scottish Cup Competition. Several Senior girls represent the Grampian U15 and U17 district squads. RGC players frequently progress into pathways, performance academies and national training squads.
In Rugby 14 teams 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 pupils go onto district or national representation along with training with the national squads. Many pupils go on to play at a variety of levels and remain involved with the game throughout their lives.
Ski race training for Junior and Senior School pupils is held weekly after school at Garthdee. RGC pupils and teams compete in all the national indoor, dry-slope and snow competitions and have won the Indoor Ski Cross Scottish Championships for the past 3 years. We have a rich history of talented skiers and boarders with pupils in national training squads and competing all over Europe every winter.
At Robert Gordon’s College there is plenty of opportunity to get out on the court and play tennis. We have 12 outside courts which are available during the Summer term with the opportunity to play for our Senior Tennis teams throughout the Autumn/Winter terms. The Senior Tennis teams play in the Scottish Schools Tennis Championship for Senior boys and girls. Training for the Junior and Senior School players has proven to be a popular choice for many of our competitive players, as well as students who just enjoy a more recreational approach. All our coached sessions are staffed by a qualified tennis coach.