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Sports

Browse our list of individual and team sports below to see how you can represent the College. If you compete at a high level in a Sport not listed, please contact us to discuss how we may be able to support your goals outside College.

We have a great record of success in national competition and our professional coaches can help you progress in your Sport with exceptional training, nutritional advice, physiotherapy, sports psychology workshops and our strength and conditioning programmes. Across each Sport there are dedicated training and match slots which are built into your Sixth Form timetable.

Each August, we run a two day pre-season camp giving Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball and Hockey students the opportunity to meet coaches and other players prior to starting at College. This is a great way to experience Huish Sport before officially starting your studies.

Cross Country & Athletics

Row of sports students

You will have the opportunity to compete across both Cross Country and Athletics at an Area, County, Regional and National Level with the seasons split – September to March – Cross Country, and March to July – Athletics.

Cross Country students have the chance to train once a week from September through to Easter with students using the session to keep fit and socialise. If you are a serious runner these sessions allow you to train hard and have personalised programmes put in place for you to improve.

Students train as a group as much as possible, doing a mixture of long runs/short runs/fartlek/intervals/speed on road and off road training. Sessions are then tailored to suit individuals, whether that is slightly shorter or longer routes/interval lengths etc.

The major opportunity for competition in Cross Country comes in the AoC Sport SW regional qualifiers. Athletes who do well will qualify for the AoC Sport National Championships. Here they will have the chance to compete against the winners from the other 9 regions of the country. This is an event the College has traditionally done very well in, with a number of individuals gaining medals as part of the South West team in the last few years.

The Athletics season from March to April allows students to compete at the County Finals but also at the AoC SW Colleges meet in May. There are a mixture of events on offer that give you the opportunity to try both track and field by making the most of facilities at The Castle School and King’s College. Sessions take place twice a week throughout the summer after College.

In July 2019, two Huish athletes competed in the English Schools Athletics Track and Field Championships and several runners qualified for the AOC Cross-Country National finals that had been due to take place in April 2020.

Basketball

Student scoring a basket

The partnership with Huish Tigers allows young adults the opportunity to remain with the club from U12 through to Senior Level Basketball. Find out more about the Basketball Performance Programme on the Huish Tigers club page. 

The Women’s Basketball programme has had a tradition of local, regional and national success over the last decade. The team have the opportunity to compete in the England Basketball Schools League and the AoC Sport Cup, as well as friendly fixtures. The team has reached the AoC Sport National Championships for three consecutive years and are the AOC Sport National Women’s Knockout Cup Champions 2019.

Men’s Basketball runs two teams who compete in the AoC Sport League and Cup, Somerset Colleges tournaments and the Basketball England Dynamik Cup. The Men’s Basketball team won silver in the AOC Sport National Knockout Cup 2019.

In 2020 both the Mens’ and Womens’ teams were crowned joint champions in the Basketball England Dynamik cup competitions. The Mens team were also due to compete in the semi-final of the National Colleges Cup and both teams had qualified for the AOC Nationals competition that were due to be held in Nottingham but cancelled due to Covid-19.

Netball

Netball

The Netball Programme has 3 teams who compete in the AoC Sport Leagues, AoC Sport Cup and Somerset College’s League, as well as friendlies from September through to Easter.

We compete at the AoC Sport Regional tournaments alongside competing in county tournaments. We have represented Somerset at the Regional competition multiple times in the past few years, winning bronze medals in 2017/18.

In academic year 2019/2020 a Huish player qualified for the AoC England Netball team and the Netball team were U19 County Schools Tournament Champions.

Football

Student kicking footballThe Men’s Football programme has a long standing relationship with Exeter City FC and is currently run by one of the Yeovil Town FC youth coaches. The growing links between ourselves and Huish Tigers FC offer opportunities to develop as a player, coach and match official.

Every year we enter 2 teams into the AoC Regional Leagues, AoC National Cup as well as into Futsal and 5 a side competitions. The team train twice a week and play the majority of their matches on Wednesday afternoons, there is also opportunity to make use of the strength and conditioning gym on site. Every year we enter the AoC Regionals with an opportunity to progress onto the Nationals in the summer term, testing ourselves against the best local and national teams.

The Women’s Football team have a reputation as one of the most committed teams to training and fixtures at the College.

The team compete in the AoC Sport League and Cup which provide a substantial fixture programme from September through to Easter. 5-aside and 7 a-side tournaments offer more fixtures and variety to the already comprehensive Football programme. Training is twice a week with regular games on a Wednesday afternoon. In 2019 they were County Cup Champions for the third consecutive year.

Hockey

Hockey player

The College has a superb reputation, as one of the top hockey playing Sixth Form colleges in the country, having achieved regular success at local, regional and national over the last decade.

The Women’s Programme regularly have over 60 applicants every year, whilst the Men’s Programme has one team. All compete in the AoC Cup, Somerset Colleges competitions, Somerset State School Hockey Cup and friendly fixtures from September through to Easter.

In 2020, our Mixed Hockey team have qualified as South West Champions for the AOC Sport Nationals and a Huish player qualified for the AoC England Men’s Hockey squad.

Rugby

Student throwing Rugby ball

Women’s Rugby in the region has grown dramatically within recent years with multiple opportunities for the Women’s side to play. They train twice a week and have regular fixtures on a Wednesday afternoon against local Colleges. They compete at the AoC Sport Regional Championships and Rosslyn Park 7s.

The Men’s Rugby team compete in the AoC Sport Leagues, which provide a substantial fixture programme from September through to Easter. The first team also compete in the U18 Natwest Cup. Post Christmas the team move on to more 7s based activities with multiple tournaments leading into the season ending Rosslyn Park 7s.

There is a long line of success within the Rugby teams with multiple players being selected for England Colleges and going on to play Representative Rugby. The recently formed partnership with Bristol Bears allows our students the opportunity to progress within the sport and go on to play at a professional academy.

Volleyball

The Volleyball Programme welcomes players of all abilities, with many players trying the sport for the first time, quickly learning the basics to become competent players.

The team have achieved great success in the past with the Men’s Volleyball team winning the AoC National Plate competition in 2016. The team are extremely lucky to benefit through the expertise of former GB Athlete, Jurek Jankowski who delivers the weekly sessions.

In 2020 a Huish Volleyballer was selected for the U19 England Junior Volleyball squad and 7 players qualified for the South West Barbarians team.

Cricket

The Cricket season takes place early in the summer term. We utilise local facilities at Taunton Deane Cricket Club which are walking distance from the College.

The Women’s Cricket team is growing ever popular with a handful of friendly 20 over fixtures organised against the likes of King’s College, Millfield and Blundells.

The Men’s Cricket team aim to play 5 or 6 fixtures against local schools and colleges before the College exam period commences.

In September 2020, eight Richard Huish College students were successful at the trials for the Somerset Cricket Academy Programme.

 

Racquet Sports

Photo of shuttle badminton net up close and a fast moving shuttlBadminton – You can pop in and play for fun or work hard to try and improve you game with advice from the Coach.

The main Badminton competitions of the year are the Somerset Colleges and AoC Sport SW tournaments, which offer Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles. There are opportunities to take part in Badminton during college hours or after college.

Tennis is played in the summer term with a few local fixtures organised, players also have the opportunity to compete in the Regional AoC tournament held in November.

On a competitive front our students have competed at Somerset Colleges and AoC Sport SW tournaments. If you do well at the AoC Sport SW Qualifiers, you will get the chance to represent the South West region at the AoC Sport National Championships.

Equestrian

Huish Equestrian team

If you own a horse and are looking to represent the College at events you can join Huish Equestrian.