Sports & Physical Activities at Aldenham Prep Riyadh
Sports and physical activities are an integral part of a child's educational journey, and can have a significant impact on their academic success.
As part of our holistic approach, pupils take part in one P.E. class per week with a specialist teacher, as well as the opportunity for a weekly swimming lesson and games afternoon. We also have a choice of co-curricular sports activities taking place throughout the week.
Leading the department at Aldenham Prep Riyadh is Mr Thomas, who has been coaching pupils in a wide range of sports, such as football, hockey, cricket and netball. His previous experience as a personal trainer and PGCE qualifications has made him a great addition to the school, and our pupils have greatly benefited from his enthusiasm to set healthy habits.
The Importance of Physical Health
The physical development of pupils is just as essential as their academic performance - in fact, the two go hand in hand. According to research compiled by Public Health England, it’s been suggested that taking part in sports provides greater self-esteem and confidence with direct cognitive benefits, such as enhanced memory and concentration.
Sports and physical activities are more than just fun and games; it has a large impact on how children develop physically, but also socially. As reported in The Conversation, physical activities can provide pupils the opportunity to build on their communication skills and learn how to manage risk and conflict.
Engaging in sports can also teach pupils valuable skills that can be applied in all aspects of their learning, like the ability to work effectively in teams and problem-solving. It can also aid in cultivating an attitude of perseverance and in contributing towards creating good habits around their health and wellbeing.
Fitness Focused Facilities
Our outdoor facilities have been mindfully designed to encourage physical activity and play in our pupils, aligning with our belief that learning can take place anywhere, not just in the classroom. There are lots of playground equipment for pupils to use, such as tunnels, bridges and sandpits, all built to the highest possible safety standards.
The outdoor play area is not the only space where they can get involved in physical activities - in the sports hall, pupils can take part in everything from dodgeball and dance to cricket and basketball, as well as the opportunity to be coached in gymnastics, and jujitsu. At Aldenham Prep Riyadh, it’s essential we provide a breadth of sports that caters to our pupils’ diverse interests and talents.
Our prime responsibility as a school is to ensure pupils flourish into well-rounded individuals, and that begins with creating a positive attitude around their physical health. At Aldenham, we believe that achievement is a personal matter, and we are here to encourage and nurture all talents and goals, regardless if it’s academic, creative or in sports.
If you are interested in learning more about what Aldenham can offer your child and their education, book a visit to our school!